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2013-09-07 03:45:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most people have someone they know who has a job they are a little envious of, but there are few people in this world who have careers that even some of the most coveted positioned people envy — driving a rover on Mars. Last year, NASA landed its fourth rover on Mars and kickstarted a mission that would unveil more about the Red Planet than ever before. This rover has provided incredible imagery of our neighboring planet, and has...

Mars Lander InSight Has Four Potential Targets
2013-09-04 19:15:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA has dwindled down its list for potential landing sites for its next Mars lander mission down to four possibilities. The space agency's stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander mission will be launching in March 2016 and landing on the Red Planet six months later. NASA said it has narrowed its list of 22 possible landing spots down to four sites. All four of the...

Curiosity Takes Sharpest Images Yet Of Solar Eclipse On Mars
2013-08-29 11:20:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said its Curiosity rover has taken the sharpest image of a solar eclipse ever taken on Mars. The Martian rover was able to snap an image of Phobos, the largest of Mars' moons, passing in front of the sun. Curiosity snapped a set of three frames, taken three seconds apart using its Mast Camera (Mastcam). The rover took a break from driving on August 17, 2013 in order to record the event. The images are the first full-resolution...

NASA Introduces The Next Generation Of Astronauts
2013-08-20 14:56:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA introduced its next generation of astronauts on Tuesday, as well as a deep space exploration roadmap. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden took the stage to formally welcome eight new astronauts to the space agency. These new astronauts will be among the first generation to potentially carry out the missions to asteroids and Mars. "This class joins a distinguished and elite group of Americans who have carried out historic missions...

Mars Curiosity's First Year: Watch Live Talk Online
2013-08-15 08:44:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Are you ready for some science? No matter where you are, you can join us online for a live public talk from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT) about the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars. This talk will revisit the dramatic, nail-biting landing and some of the mission's top science results. The speaker is JPL's Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist for the Mars Science...

Mars Researchers Wrap Up Four-Month Mission To Study Food
2013-08-14 17:54:39

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online In space, no one can take your order for takeout. In fact, figuring out what astronauts would eat on Mars remains one of the biggest issues for researchers. To solve what future stellar explorers might eat, a team from the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) food study spent four months in isolation in a remote habitat that was designed to simulate a long-duration space journey. This particular study looked to...

Volunteer Mars Colonist Gather In DC
2013-08-06 12:25:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty of the volunteers chosen to take a one-way trip to the Red Planet gathered in Washington, DC yesterday to hear Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp explain his plans to build a permanent base on Mars by 2023. Should Lansdorp succeed in raising the necessary $6 billion to send these volunteers to Earth's neighbor, they'll embark on a seven-month, one-way journey to set up the planet's first colony. Lansdorp's non-profit...

MAVEN Mars Mission
2013-08-06 04:02:09

[ Watch the Video: NASA | MAVEN Magnetometer ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As the Mars Curiosity rover marks its one-year anniversary, NASA is already beginning final preparations for the November launch of its next mission to the Red Planet. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday. It is currently housed in a cleanroom, undergoing in-depth testing and fueling prior to its...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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