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NASA Returns Zoe Robot To Chile's Atacama Desert To Hunt For Subsurface Life
2013-06-12 09:02:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Zoë, the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile´s Atacama Desert, is returning for another go-around. This month, on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute, the autonomous and solar-powered robot is headed back into the world´s driest desert equipped with a one-meter drill to search for subsurface life. As in the initial mission,...

Evidence Of Non-Acidic Water Discovered By Mars Rover Opportunity
2013-06-09 08:10:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online NASA´s Opportunity rover has discovered new evidence that Mars was once a planet capable of supporting life — a rock which appears to be rich in clays formed in non-acidic water, the US space agency announced Friday. According to Kenneth Chang of the New York Times, the rock discovered by the older of the two currently operational Mars rovers is approximately the size of a human forearm. The rover used its...

Opportunity Starting 10th Anniversary With New Trek
2013-06-07 13:10:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity is trekking towards a new study area as it closes in on its 10th year anniversary. The space agency said Opportunity is moving towards a destination known as Solander Point, which offers access to a taller stack of geological layering than the area the rover has been working at the past 20 months. "Getting to Solander Point will be like walking up to a road cut where you see a cross section of...

Curiosity Ending Glenelg Campaign, Setting Sights On Mount Sharp
2013-06-06 05:52:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover is wrapping up its objectives in its current location and getting ready to move on to an area about five miles away. The rover drilled a second rock target for sample material and delivered portions of that rock powder into laboratory instruments in one week. "We're hitting full stride," said Mars Science Laboratory Project Manager Jim Erickson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We...

Pebbles, Sand In Martian River Network Show Signs Of Ancient Water
2013-06-05 09:19:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The most convincing evidence yet that the frigid deserts of Mars were once a habitable environment crossed by flowing water are presented by pebbles and sand scattered near an ancient Martian river network. The findings of this study, led by scientists at NASA´s Mars Science Laboratory mission, were published in the journal Science. The research team says that the discovery of sand grains and small stones that bear the telltale...

NASA Will Host Teleconference On Curiosity Mars Rover June 5
2013-06-04 10:20:14

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), Wednesday, June 5 to provide an update about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and activities of the Curiosity rover. The briefing participants will be: -- Jim Erickson, Mars Science Laboratory project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. -- Joy Crisp, Mars Science Laboratory deputy project scientist, JPL -- Joe Melko, Mars Science Laboratory sampling...

Mars Stones And Pebbles Hint At Watery Past
2013-05-30 13:06:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Another piece of evidence has emerged that gives more weight to the argument that the Red Planet could have had a wet history. NASA's Curiosity rover currently roving around on Mars has snapped images of gravel and pebbles. Researchers writing in the journal Science say that the shapes and sizes of these rounded pebbles clearly show that there has been flowing water on Mars. Curiosity's stereo camera took photos of a few areas with...


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2005-05-26 10:41:56

Hematite (AE) or haematite (BE) is the mineral form of Iron (III) oxide, (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. The ore sometimes contains slight amounts of titanium. When shaped into ornaments, it is often called black diamond. Hematite is a very common mineral, coloured black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. Varieties include Bloodstone, Iron Rose, Kidney Ore, Martite, Paint Ore, Specularite (Specular Hematite), Rainbow Hematite...

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