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2012-08-13 10:20:35

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama this morning told the flight control team for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, "You made us all proud." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Obama telephoned the mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., to congratulate JPL Director Charles Elachi and the Mars Science Laboratory team operating the rover, which landed on Mars a week ago. "What you've...

2012-08-13 02:21:07

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama will congratulate members of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT) this morning. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Audio of the call and video of the JPL team's portion of the call will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website. President Obama's call comes a week after Curiosity...

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2012-08-13 07:06:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Was it wreckage from an extraterrestrial spacecraft? Was it a smudge of dirt on the camera lens? Was it a dust devil that just happened to be in the right place at the right time? As it turns out, it was none of the above. The "it" in question was a mysterious smudge that appeared on a photo taken by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity shortly after it landed at Gale Crater early Monday morning. The origin of the smudge in...

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
2012-08-12 08:50:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity landing and the early images captured by the NASA rover have garnered a lot of attention over the past week, but they aren't the only ones gaining fame as a result of the mission. In fact, one of the dozens of scientists awaiting the "seven minutes of terror" at NASA's mission control facility on Sunday night was a 32-year-old flight engineer and Oakland, California native known as Bobak...

Chip For Mars Rover Developed By Engineering Team
2012-08-08 08:01:24

NASA´s Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at UT. Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate students–Stephen Terry, now an alumnus, and Robert Greenwell–designed a tiny microchip that weighs close to a paper clip and helps control the motors on the rover. There are...

2012-08-07 02:20:47

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Having proven their skills on the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) Spirit and Opportunity in 2003, The AMS Group was again chosen by NASA JPL to provide sophisticated wheels and other components for the new Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity Rover. Curiosity achieved a successful landing on the red planet this past Sunday for sample gathering and analysis. The AMS Group is a strategic alliance between Next Intent, Tapemation and C.L. Hann...

2012-08-06 14:20:06

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot (almost 16 meter)-wide parachute as it descended toward its landing site at Gale Crater Sunday. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "If HiRISE took the image one second before or one second after, we probably would be looking...

2012-08-05 22:20:07

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, which oversees funding for NASA, was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to witness the landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars. He released this statement: "NASA has always been a model of public and private partnering - our brightest home-grown entrepreneurs and innovators working...

Curiosity Landing: A Moment I will Never Forget
2012-08-06 04:19:26

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Lands On Mars ] [ Watch the Video: Curiosity Landing Audience Going Nuts After Landing ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The smoke has cleared, the cheers have died down, but an experience of a lifetime has settled into my memory that will never fade away. I would not have been able to appreciate the gravity of the accomplishment of landing Curiosity on Mars without redOrbit having sent me to NASA´s Jet Propulsion...

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2012-08-05 23:44:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Everyone is on pins and needles waiting for the Mars Space Laboratory Mission's Curiosity Rover to touch down later tonight, but the stars are already out. NASA hosted a social at Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) that has been ongoing since Friday. Scientists, space experts, astronauts, 25 specially selected social media fans and some very well known celebrities have all attended. Tonight, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, joined by...