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2013-07-08 16:20:14

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 9 to provide details about a report that will help define science objectives for the agency's next Mars rover. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The report, prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team (SDT) NASA appointed in January, is an early, crucial step in developing the mission and the rover's prime science objectives. The...

NASA Celebrates Mars Pathfinder Landing Anniversary
2013-07-05 08:38:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Independence Day not only marks the date on which America became a free nation, but also when NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission landed safely on Mars in 1997 allowing the US to stake its first claim on another planet. Mars Pathfinder was carrying Sojourner, which was the first US Martian rover. The Soviet Union launched its Mars 3 rover in 1971, but communication was lost about 20 seconds after landing. Sojourner was the first successful...

Tenth Anniversary Of NASA Opportunity Launch Arrives Next Week
2013-07-02 08:15:19

[ Watch the Video: Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has been celebrating several key anniversary dates recently. In April, the space agency celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first satellite in space. In May, it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the country's first space station: Skylab. And just last month, NASA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first American woman in space: Sally Ride. In the marking of...

Testing Mars Lasers In Desert
2013-06-25 10:18:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Looking for the closest representation of otherworldly environments on Earth? Look no further than the Atacama desert. It covers a large strip of the Pacific coast west of the Andes, spanning four South American countries. One swath of this desert found in Chile is commonly compared to the Martian surface and has been used by NASA to test tools designed to search for life in a harsh environment. Now, scientists from Washington...

Winners Of 2012 George M. Low Award Announced By NASA
2013-06-24 07:53:58

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA's premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San Diego in the small business award category. ATA Engineering Inc. was involved in the Mars...

Asteroid Capture In Peril By Potential Budget Cuts
2013-06-20 04:47:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA missions designed to send astronauts to Mars and capture an asteroid for closer analysis could be in danger due to a new bill in the House of Representatives that would cap spending at the US space agency. According to FoxNews.com, the draft spending bill would drop funding for the proposed asteroid retrieval and relocation project while limiting NASA´s spending to approximately $16.87 billion over the next two years. The...

2013-06-19 23:24:05

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) continues to ignite excitement by exploring the Solar System. (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 When Explorer 1, built by NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), launched into orbit in 1958 successfully marking the United States´ first entry into space, America´s excitement for space exploration was ignited and it has been exploring ever since. For over 50 years, JPL has continued to explore the solar system, other stars and galaxies, and even Earth...

2013-06-19 23:02:34

NASA´s First Billion-Pixel Image of the Rover Curiosity Brings the Red Planet to Life (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 Technology from GigaPan is being used to display images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, a NASA mission investigating past and present environments within the Gale Crater on Mars. Managed by NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the rover landed in August 2012 and is the latest mission to explore the red planet. Equipped with a camera capable of...

NASA Constructs Billion Pixel Image Of The Red Planet
2013-06-20 09:35:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (June 20, 2013 9:35 a.m.) Along with the NASA release of the first-ever billion-pixel mosaic of the surface of Mars within the Gale Crater, one company is taking the initiative to bring such brilliant displays to the public using its sophisticated technology. GigaPan, which offers gigapixel panoramas, is being utilized to display images taken by Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity rover. Equipped with a camera capable...

ExoMars Mission On Track
2013-06-17 15:31:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its mission to Mars in 2016 has entered the final stages of construction. ExoMars received the signature of a contract Monday with Thales Alenia Space at the Paris Air & Space Show. ESA said this agreement marks a major milestone for the mission and for the private aerospace company. “The award of this contract provides continuity to the work of the industrial team members of...