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Curiosity Checks In On Mars
2012-10-03 20:48:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some use the popular Foursquare mobile application to gloat about places they may be, whether on vacation or just eating lunch, but one location check-in puts all the others to shame. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using Foursquare, setting a new bar for cool places to check in. This is the first time there has been a check-in on another planet, and Curiosity has joined Foursquare to allow users to...

Mars Rover Images Interesting Rock Feature
2012-10-02 12:53:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity, at 54-days deep into its mission on Mars, recently shot back an image to NASA taken of an interesting rock called "Bathurst Inlet." The Martian rock is dark gray, and appears so fine-grained that the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imagers (MAHLI) camera cannot depict grains or crystals in it. NASA said this means if there are any grains or crystals at all, they are smaller than about 80 microns in size. The space agency said some...

Mars Rover Opportunity To Study New Blueberries
2012-09-30 05:39:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While it seems like Curiosity is the one getting all the headlines these days, NASA's "other" Mars rover, Opportunity, is still alive and well -- and en route to a new site to study the composition and internal structures of small spherical objects similar to the iron-rich ones previously discovered at its landing site. The new spherical objects are "reminiscent of, but different from, the iron-rich spheres nicknamed 'blueberries'...

2012-09-27 09:01:30

NASA will host a news conference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Sept. 27, to present science findings from the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater. The news conference from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will be carried live on NASA Television, the agency's website and on Ustream. Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory, is 50 days into a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial...

Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Mars Stream
2012-09-27 13:51:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been almost two months since NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars and it has already found evidence of an ancient stream on the Red Planet. Curiosity ran up upon a series of stones cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock and shot back some images of the Martian features back to NASA. NASA said the sizes and shapes of those stones offer clues to the speed and distance of an ancient stream's flow. "From the size of...

Curiosity Makes Contact With Martian Rock Using Robotic Arm For First Time
2012-09-25 09:18:55

[WATCH VIDEO] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After NASA picked out a suitable rock to study on the Red Planet, the agency´s Curiosity rover took a little stroll to the Martian sample and, for the first time, used its robotic arm to make contact with the otherworldly artifact. The rock, named “Jake Matijevic,” after the late rover engineer of the same name, will be studied by Curiosity to determine what chemical elements make up its composition....


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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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