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Images Of Curiosity Captured As Mars Rover Scientists

Images Of Curiosity Captured As Mars Rover Scientists Evaluate Possible Dig Site

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Curiosity science team is analyzing the rock layer surrounding the base of a 16-foot-high butte known as “Mount Remarkable” to determine whether or not the region is a good...

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NASA Scientists Find Evidence Of Water In Martian Meteorite
2014-02-28 07:16:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Evidence of water and life on Mars is a hotly debated topic that has been ongoing for decades. While most scientists agree that Mars had an abundant source of water in its ancient past, there has only been limited evidence that life may have once existed on the Red Planet. However, scientists from NASA’ Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California have found evidence of past water...

2013-12-09 12:21:14

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of...

Ancient Martian Lake May Have Supported Microbial Life
2013-12-09 12:40:55

[ Watch the Video: Evidence Of Ancient Lake Found Within Gale Crater ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A crater found on Mars is actually an ancient lake bed that could have contained the proper conditions to have supported life on the Red Planet, according to a new finding by NASA’s Curiosity rover. NASA scientists announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Monday that they have discovered the fossil remains of a lake inside Gale...

Curiosity Sampling Confirms Earth Meteorites Are From Mars
2013-10-16 16:04:54

[ Watch the Video: Martian Roots In Many Meteorites ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has proven some of the meteorites discovered have indeed come from the Red Planet, according to a new study published by the American Geophysical Union. A new measurement of Mars' atmosphere by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows two forms of argon gas. The lighter and heavier forms, or isotopes, of argon exist naturally throughout...

mars lacks methane
2013-09-20 03:50:39

[ Watch the Video: Curious Case Of Methane On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new finding using data obtained from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed that the Red Planet's environment lacks methane. Previous data reported by scientists indicated that methane was present on Mars, but the latest evidence derived from extensive tests by the rover shows the planet lacks traces of the gas. Finding methane would be a big indicator for scientists looking to...

2013-09-19 16:20:20

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has...

The Search For Life On Mars Begins On Earth, With A Smartphone Camera
2013-09-11 07:37:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have created a part-human, part-machine “cyborg astrobiology system” that uses a basic mobile phone camera to search for proof of past or present life in planetary analogue sites on Earth. Developed by Patrick McGuire from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, and colleagues, the system involves having a human astrobiologist obtain initial images of his or her surroundings using a mobile phone camera. These...

ExoMars Rover To Look For Microbial Life
2013-09-10 14:49:55

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch a new mission to Mars called ExoMars. Armed with new instruments, this explorer will beam back information about various conditions and properties on the Red Planet’s surface. One such instrument will be the Raman spectrometer – a device similar to a bomb detector that will search for evidence for life. The Raman spectrometer has the ability to detect life that has been...

2013-07-09 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The 154-page document was prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team, which NASA appointed in January to outline...

2013-06-27 13:27:58

Sterilized Mars spacecraft largely a waste of money Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive–on Mars. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, astrobiologists Alberto Fairén of Cornell University and Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University say the NASA Office of Planetary Protection's "detailed and expensive" efforts to keep Earth microorganisms off Mars are making missions to search for...