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First Interactive Mosaic Of Lunar North Pole Released By NASA
2014-03-18 20:40:18

NASA Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the mosaic provides enough detail to see textures and subtle shading of the lunar terrain. Consistent lighting...

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Examines Dramatic New Crater
2014-02-06 09:07:07

NASA Space rocks hitting Mars excavate fresh craters at a pace of more than 200 per year, but few new Mars scars pack as much visual punch as one seen in a NASA image released today. The image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a crater about 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter at the center of a radial burst painting the surface with a pattern of bright and dark tones. The scar appeared at some time between...

Iguana On Mars
2013-11-08 13:44:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A UFO hunter claims to have discovered an iguana on Mars in the shape of a rock using photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. A YouTube user going by the name of UFO HuntingClouds posted a video this week on YouTube displaying a photograph of rocks taken on the surface of Mars earlier this year. The rock featured in the top right of the image has a very-vague resemblance to what could be a fossilized iguana, and it is sparking some...

Curiosity Drills Into Martian Bedrock
2013-02-10 04:48:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA´s Curiosity rover has become the first robot ever to drill into bedrock and collect a sample on Mars, using a drill located at the end of its mechanical arm to bore a hole into fine-grained sediment, then collecting material from the interior for future analysis, the US space agency announced on Friday. According to NASA officials, Curiosity drilled a hole that is approximately 0.63 inch wide and 2.5 inches deep in a...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps Nocturnal Picture On Mars For First Time
2013-01-24 14:54:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's newest Martian rover has snapped a nocturnal image of a rock on the Red Planet for the first time. Mars Science Lab's Curiosity used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera attached to its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument. Scientists used MAHLI to take a close-up nighttime look at a rock target known as "Sayunei," in an area called "Yellowknife Bay"...

Mars Rover Finds Organic Compounds
2012-12-03 12:50:16

[ Video 1 ] | Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has finally opened up its tightly sealed lips and said that its Curiosity rover has found evidence of simple organic compounds on Mars. NASA announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco today that its Mars Curiosity rover has completed its first analysis of Martian soil, finding a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. The space agency said its Curiosity rover has found...

NASA Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm
2012-11-22 07:52:09

NASA/JPL Report A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars. Using the orbiter's Mars Color Imager, Bruce Cantor of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, began observing the storm on Nov. 10, and subsequently reported it to the team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The storm came no closer than about 837 miles (1,347 kilometers) from Opportunity,...

Curiosity's Belly
2012-09-12 08:36:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the weekend, NASA's Curiosity rover went through some activities designed to check and characterize precision movements by the rover's robot arm. The activities help to confirm that the rover's tools and robotic arm have good health, and its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) is useful. MAHLI took an image with its reclosable dust cover open for the first time during the activity, confirming sharp imaging capability had been...

Remnants Of Curiosity's Descent To Mars
2012-08-08 13:10:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What could one day be considered artifacts if archaeologists are to ever start digging around on Mars, a new high resolution photo shows the remnants of Curiosity's landing components. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image using its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera of the equipment that helped get Mars' newest citizen down to the ground. During Curiosity's "seven minutes of terror," it shed a...

Juno Images The Big Dipper
2012-05-12 04:27:40

In England it is known as the "Plough," in Germany the "Great Cart," and in Malaysia the "Seven Ploughs." Since humanity first turned its eyes skyward, the seven northern hemisphere stars that compose the "Big Dipper" have been a welcome and familiar introduction to the heavens. "I can recall as a kid making an imaginary line from the two stars that make up the right side of the Big Dipper's bowl and extending it upward to find the North Star," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of...