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Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Oddest 'Blueberries' Yet
2012-09-14 14:19:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity has sent back an image of the Martian surface that is pretty alien compared to what researchers are used to seeing. The image taken by Opportunity's Microscopic Imager contains these spherical objects that measure as much as one-eighth of an inch in diameter. The objects are different from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" that Opportunity has run across before. Preliminary analysis shows...

Arm Tests Nearly Complete For Mars Rover Curiosity
2012-09-13 07:48:17

NASA's Mars Curiosity team has almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock. Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm's precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions. During these activities, Curiosity has remained at a site it reached by its most recent drive on Sept. 5. The team will resume driving the rover this week and use its cameras to seek the...

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...

2012-09-09 23:03:01

Hi-Shear Technology pyrotechnic devices contributed to the successful Mars landing of NASA´s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) “Curiosity” rover on August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm (PDT). (PRWEB) September 08, 2012 Hi-Shear Technology Corporation (Hi-Shear), a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), announced that it was a contributor to the successful landing of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity rover on Mars, August 5, 2012. Hi-Shear supplied over 200...

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2012-09-09 08:49:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online After snapping several fascinating images of various landscapes since landing on Mars just over a month ago, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover captured a picture of a whole different kind of wonder on Saturday -- itself. According to NBCNews.com Science Editor Alan Boyl, the mobile laboratory used one of its seventeen cameras, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), to take its first-ever self-portrait. The MAHLI,...

Mars Rover Teams Get Major Award
2012-09-07 13:40:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity teams are slated to receive the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will be receiving the honor September 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, California. The award is being presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or flight test personnel to the advancement of the art, science or...

Curiosity Sends Back New Images From Mars
2012-09-06 13:20:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA held a telephone conference with reporters today to give an update about what Curiosity is up to on the Martian surface. The new rover is currently sitting still on the Red Planet, and NASA said it will be moving again towards its target "Glenelg" in about a week. At the future site, there are multiple targets that NASA plans to assess on whether they will be drilling. In an image released by the space agency, there are...


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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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