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Mars Rover Approaches New Waypoint
2013-09-10 16:14:24

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover At A New Point On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has reached a new waypoint on the surface of Mars where scientists plan to use the high-tech vehicle for a close-up study. The patch of exposed bedrock sits in an area informally called "Panorama Point," and was selected as one of five waypoints along the rover's route southwestward from the Glenelg area. Waypoint 1 lies about one-fifth of the way...

Mars Rover Curiosity Ends First Year On Mars, Prepares For Year Two
2013-08-04 04:49:35

[ Watch the Video: Twelve Months in Two Minutes - Curiosity's First Year on Mars ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online This week marks the one-year anniversary of the NASA Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars, and the start of its search for evidence suggesting that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting microbial life. Curiosity, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in November 2011, touched down in Gale Crater on...

NASA Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Atmosphere Thinning On Mars
2013-04-08 11:54:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Curiosity rover has been busy searching for signs that life may have once existed on the Red Planet. In the eight months since NASA dropped the rover on Mars, it has made significant progress in the hunt for water and life. In the latest round of evidence pertaining to Mars´ past, new measurements from Curiosity point towards the sky. These measurements, which consisted of analysis of Argon atoms in the...

The Red Planet May Have Once Been Blue: Curiosity Finds More Evidence Of Water
2013-03-18 15:08:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced last week about how its Curiosity rover has found evidence for ancient environmental conditions favorable for life, and today a team has expanded on those findings. Scientists said during a news briefing at the Lunar Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas about how Curiosity found evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it found clay minerals inside a drilled rock. Using...

2013-03-12 12:32:20

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last...

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,...

2013-03-07 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will hold a news conference at 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. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The briefing will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The participants...

Mars Rover Gets Ready To Drill
2013-01-16 04:13:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover is making its way towards a flat rock with pale veins that could provide more insight into the history of Mars. Once the rover rolls up to the rock in the coming days, NASA engineers plan on drilling it for a sample during the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Curiosity sits inside Mars' Gale Crater, investigating whether the planet ever had conditions to host microbial life. The rover landed on the Red Planet...

2013-01-15 16:20:23

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet. If the rock meets rover engineers' approval when Curiosity rolls up to it in coming days, it will become the first to be drilled for a sample during the Mars Science Laboratory mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The size of a car, Curiosity is inside Mars' Gale Crater...

Curiosity Rover Spends Holiday Break Exploring 'Yellowknife Bay'
2013-01-07 08:55:38

NASA Mission status report After imaging during the holidays, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed driving Jan. 3 and pulled within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called "Snake River." Snake River is a thin curving line of darker rock cutting through flatter rocks and jutting above sand. Curiosity's science team plans to get a closer look at it before proceeding to other nearby rocks. "It's one piece of the puzzle," said the mission's project scientist, John Grotzinger of...