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Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington DC. “The Current Achievement winner can be summarized in two words: sky crane,” said a museum press release describing the award. “This phrase embodied the audacious plan that the Entry, Descent,...

In Mid-March Comet PANSTARRS Rises To The Occasion
2013-03-08 10:35:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Comets visible to the naked eye are a rare delicacy in the celestial smorgasbord of objects in the nighttime sky. Scientists estimate that the opportunity to see one of these icy dirtballs advertising their cosmic presence so brilliantly they can be seen without the aid of a telescope or binoculars happens only once every five to 10 years. That said, there may be two naked-eye comets available for your viewing pleasure this year. "You might have heard of...

Briefing On Curiosity's Analysis Of Mars Rock Held By NASA
2013-03-08 08:48:16

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Tuesday, March 12, to discuss the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars. The briefing, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The participants will be: -- Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger,...

Window Into Europa’s Ocean Opened By Astronomers
2013-03-05 10:28:13

W. M. Keck Observatory With data collected from the mighty W. M. Keck Observatory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomer Mike Brown – known as the Pluto killer for discovering a Kuiper-belt object that led to the demotion of Pluto from planetary status – and Kevin Hand from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have found the strongest evidence yet that salty water from the vast liquid ocean beneath Europa´s frozen exterior actually makes its way to the...

Curiosity Is Back On Track After Memory Glitch Forced JPL To Switch Computers
2013-03-05 07:48:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On February 28, a team of engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California switched their Mars Curiosity rover over to a redundant onboard computer after discovering a memory issue within the main computer system. That swap put Curiosity into “safe mode,” allowing the team to investigate the main computer before returning the rover back to a normal routine. Today, the JPL team announced Curiosity has...

Robotic Pack Mule Learns To Toss Heavy Objects
2013-03-02 07:11:52

[ Watch the Video: Dynamic Robot Manipulation ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An all-terrain robot designed to transport military supplies over areas too steep, rocky, muddy or snowy for conventional vehicles has now been outfitted with an arm capable of lifting and throwing cinder blocks. The four-legged robot known as BigDog is being manufactured by Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics and is being backed by the Defense Advanced Research...

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers
2013-03-01 11:50:21

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active. The intentional swap at about 2:30 a.m. PST today (Thursday, Feb. 28) put the rover, as anticipated, into a minimal-activity precautionary status called "safe mode." The team is shifting the rover from safe mode to operational status over the next few days and is troubleshooting the...

Curiosity Lab Instruments Ingest Mars Rock Powder
2013-02-26 08:10:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two compact laboratories inside NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have ingested portions of the first sample of rock powder ever collected from the interior of a rock on Mars. Curiosity science team members will use the laboratories to analyze the rock powder in the coming days and weeks. The rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) and Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments received portions of the sample on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23,...

Radar Movie Of Asteroid 2012 DA14 Released By NASA
2013-02-20 10:59:44

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory [ Watch The Video Early Radar Observations of Asteroid 2012 DA14 ] An initial sequence of radar images of asteroid 2012 DA14 was obtained on the night of Feb. 15/16, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif. Each of the 72 frames required 320 seconds of data collection by the Goldstone radar. The observations were made as the asteroid was moving away from Earth. The asteroid's distance from...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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