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Mars Express Ready For Sunday's Main Event
2012-08-04 04:23:33

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's Mars Express has adjusted its sites, and is targeting the spot for Curiosity's landing this Sunday night. Mars Express will assist NASA in monitoring the delivery of Curiosity to the Red Planet in its "seven minutes of terror" descent. The ESA spacecraft has already helped out NASA in providing information to refine its landing target. The Mars Science...

Curiosity's Sky Crane Has A Big Job
2012-08-01 15:05:47

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] On August 5th at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Time, NASA will gently deposit their new, 2000-pound Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, wheels-first and ready to roll. Quite a feat — because it will come screaming through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Curiosity, aka the Mars Science Laboratory, will be the largest mission ever to land on another planet. It's big because it has a big mystery to solve: was Mars ever or is it still...

Mars Express Supporting NASA During 'Seven Minutes Of Terror' Mars Landing
2012-07-25 14:02:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the most complicated landings ever performed on Mars will be taking place 354-million-miles away on August 5 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and it will be supported by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will be delivering the newest rover late-night on August 5, after encountering what has been tagged as "seven minutes of terror." The spacecraft will enter the Mars atmosphere...

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2012-07-16 19:59:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's newest member to the Mars rover family is nearing the end of its journey through space, but its hurdles are all but over. The space agency said that getting the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface will be all but easy on August 5. "The Curiosity landing is the hardest NASA mission ever attempted in the history of robotic planetary exploration," John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate,...

WSU Astrobiologist Proposes Fleet Of Probes To Seek Life On Mars
2012-04-23 13:05:04

Sensors would punch into soil, run range of tests A Washington State University astrobiologist is leading a group of 20 scientists in calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component." At the heart of their proposal is a small fleet of sensor packages that can punch into the Martian soil and run a range of tests for signs of ancient or existing life. They call the mission BOLD. It's both an acronym for Biological Oxidant and Life Detection and a...

2012-03-20 02:33:38

Wolfgang Fink of the University of Arizona department of electrical and computer engineering has developed an autonomous robotic lake lander that could be used to explore this planet and others. Fink unveiled the lake lander, named Tucson Explorer II, or TEX II, in a paper titled "Robotic Lake Lander Test Bed for Autonomous Surface and Subsurface Exploration of Titan Lakes," which he presented March 8 at an aerospace conference organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics...

Lunar Lander Thrusters Go Through Testing
2012-03-06 05:04:43

[ Watch the Video ] Europe´s ambition of touching down at the Moon´s south pole by 2018 has been boosted by recent test firings of the craft´s thrusters. The robot lander will prove new techniques for sending humans to the Moon and assess lunar hazards. With no atmosphere on the Moon, Lunar Lander cannot rely on parachutes to slow its descent. Instead, the craft will need to fire its engines in a rather unconventional way. One of these thrusters was recently put...

Rosetta: Mission To Land On A Comet
2012-02-04 04:06:19

Europe´s Rosetta spacecraft is en route to intercept a comet— and to make history. In 2014, Rosetta will enter orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkoand land a probe on it, two firsts. Rosetta´s goal is to learn the primordial story a comet tells as it gloriously falls to pieces. Comets are primitive leftovers from our solar system's 'construction' about 4.5 billion years ago. Because they spend much of their time in the deep freeze of the outer solar system,...

2012-01-27 08:00:00

Local father and psychologist Lane Weinberg directs suicide prevention/anti-bullying efforts after student reveals high school incident and Christmas Eve suicide attempt. Lander, WY (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Students at Lander Valley High School and other schools in Wyoming´s Fremont County School District No. 1 got a direct lesson in bullying and its potential effects this week, thanks to the efforts of a concerned father. Lane Weinberg — father of three district students,...

NASA Says Life On Venus Claim Is False
2012-01-25 10:22:06

Just days after a Russian scientist claimed to have found life on Venus, NASA has debunked the new myth. Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute at Russia´s Academy of Sciences examined photographs taken by the probe Venera 13 in 1982, and determined the images showed a scorpion-shaped body that moved as the probe´s cameras recorded the scene. However, NASA says that the moving body was actually a lens cap, not a scorpion. “It makes much more sense that...