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Mars Sites Named In Honor Of Bruce Murray
2013-11-14 09:26:23

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity’s Path to Mount Sharp ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has named two significant landscape features observed by its Mars rovers "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of the late planetary scientist Bruce Murray. "Bruce Murray contributed both scientific insight and leadership that laid the groundwork for interplanetary missions such as robotic missions to Mars, including the Mars rovers, part of America's...

Curiosity Back In Nominal Surface Operations Mode
2013-11-13 10:37:46

NASA NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday (Nov. 10) that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode. Curiosity had been in safe mode since Nov. 7, when an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) occurred during a communications pass with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Mission science planning will resume tomorrow, and Curiosity science operations will recommence on Thursday. "We...

Mars Curiosity Solo Drive Approaching Cooperstown
2013-10-30 09:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover finished its first two-day autonomous roll across the Martian landscape on Monday, bringing the roving laboratory to an ideal vantage point for selecting a next target to investigate, NASA announced on Tuesday. When Curiosity drives autonomously, it chooses a route by using its onboard computer to analyze stereo pictures that it takes during stops. Before Monday, each day’s drive came after a section earlier...

Mars MAVEN Mission In Final Preparations For November Launch
2013-10-29 04:22:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which is currently scheduled for November 18. MAVEN, which will allow scientists to analyze the upper atmosphere of Mars in previously unimagined detail, is scheduled to depart Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:28pm on that Monday afternoon. According to NASA officials, the probe will study the specific...

NASA's Opportunity Rover Turns Into A Martian Mountaineer
2013-10-24 14:24:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Opportunity rover has turned into a mountaineer, climbing the tallest hill it has encountered in the mission’s 10 year history. The Mars Exploration Rover is exploring the outcrops on the northwestern slopes of “Solander Point,” trekking up the hill as much as a field geologist would do. NASA said the outcrops are exposed from several feet to about 20 feet above the surrounding plains. "This is our first real Martian...

Mars-like Desert Exploration Completed By ESA's Test Rover
2013-10-16 12:07:11

ESA Braving high winds, dust devils and unpredictable terrain, ESA’s test rover has completed its exploration across – and under – Chile’s Mars-like Atacama Desert. The five-day Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial concluded on Saturday 12 October. An early version of ESA’s 2018 ExoMars rover fitted with a trio of prototype ExoMars instruments was overseen from a remote control center at the Satellite Applications Catapult facility in...

ESA Mars Rover Desert Trial
2013-10-04 10:21:18

ESA Next week will see ESA’s most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet. The rover faces the desolate Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the closest terrestrial matches for Mars. Among the driest places on Earth, it lacks any vegetation and its red–brown soil and rocks make it look even more like Mars. The aim is to build up...

Mars Rover 2020 Mission
2013-09-28 04:12:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA has announced that they are currently accepting applications from researchers hoping to have their science and exploration technology instruments become part of the payload of the US space agency’s next Mars rover. The new rover, which is scheduled to be launched in July or August of 2020, will further explore Mars and determine whether or not the Red Planet could be a potential habitat for life. It will also seek out signs...

2013-09-26 16:21:38

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Examination of loose rocks, sand and dust has provided new understanding of the local and global processes on Mars. Analysis of observations and measurements by the rover's science instruments during...

Curiosity Gets The First 'Scoop' On Martian Water Discovery
2013-09-26 14:50:20

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Instrument Finds Watery Evidence ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity has added another huge discovery to its repertoire, as scientists report finding water in the NASA rover's first soil scoop taken on the Martian surface. The latest finding, published in the journal Science, shows that the rover's first scoop of soil contained fine materials that were several percent water by weight. "One of the most exciting results...


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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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