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Used Parachute From Curiosity Rover Flaps In The Wind On Mars
2013-04-03 14:10:32

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how the parachute that helped NASA's Curiosity rover land on Mars last summer has subsequently changed its shape on the ground. The images were obtained by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Seven images taken by HiRISE between Aug. 12, 2012, and Jan. 13, 2013, show the used parachute shifting its shape at least twice in response to wind....

Comet May Be On A Collision Course With Mars
2013-03-28 10:52:43

NASA Science [ Watch the Video ScienceCasts: Collision Course? ] Over the years, the spacefaring nations of Earth have sent dozens of probes and rovers to explore Mars. Today there are three active satellites circling the red planet while two rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, wheel across the red sands below. Mars is dry, barren, and apparently lifeless. Soon, those assets could find themselves exploring a very different kind of world. "There is a small but non-negligible chance...

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Designed To Study Mars' Magnetic Field
2013-03-27 14:43:06

WATCH VIDEO: [NASA | MAVEN Magnetometer] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is scheduled for launch later this year, and with it will launch an instrument designed to study Mars' magnetic field. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be carrying a sensitive magnetic-field instrument that will help investigate what remains of Mars' magnetic "shield." This Maven magnetometer will be playing a key role in studying...

Science Investigations Resumed By Curiosity
2013-03-26 11:33:56

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed science investigations after recovery from a computer glitch that prompted the engineers to switch the rover to a redundant main computer on Feb. 28. The rover has been monitoring the weather since March 21 and delivered a new portion of powdered-rock sample for laboratory analysis on March 23, among other activities. "We are back to full science operations," said Curiosity Deputy Project Manager Jim Erickson of...

Curiosity Heading Towards Spring Break
2013-03-25 12:29:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has been hard at work for seven months now, and the Mars tourist is about to get its own Spring Break. The Red Planet will be passing almost directly behind the Sun from Earth's perspective in April for two weeks, so NASA will be putting the Curiosity mission on hold. The sun is capable of disrupting radio transmissions between the two planets during the near-alignment, so NASA is holding off sending commands to...

Mars Rover ChemCam Sees Patterns In Martian Rocks
2013-03-20 04:44:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Nina Lanza announced at the 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas that Curiosity's ChemCam laser could be offering some detailed inside information about the Red Planet's surface. NASA's Curiosity rover has a laser-shooting instrument onboard known as the ChemCam, which is used to vaporize a pinpoint of rock surface. The instrument is able to...

Curiosity Active Again After Entering 'Safe Mode' Again Over Weekend
2013-03-19 18:46:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Curiosity has been having a bit of trouble on Mars lately with its software, and yesterday NASA announced its prized rover entered "safe mode" again after more glitches had occurred. The space agency said its engineers worked to diagnose the software issue that prompted the rover to put itself into the precautionary standby status over the weekend. Curiosity is now back to active status and is on track to resume its science...

2013-03-18 16:20:18

HAMPTON, Va., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some elementary school students will get a unique hands-on science lesson thanks to a partnership between NASA's Langley Research Center, the Hampton city schools and CineBistro, a local movie/entertainment complex. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) More than 140 fourth and fifth graders from Kraft Elementary School - a school named after the NASA engineer who was America's first human space mission flight...

The Red Planet May Have Once Been Blue: Curiosity Finds More Evidence Of Water
2013-03-18 15:08:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced last week about how its Curiosity rover has found evidence for ancient environmental conditions favorable for life, and today a team has expanded on those findings. Scientists said during a news briefing at the Lunar Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas about how Curiosity found evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it found clay minerals inside a drilled rock. Using...

Over 40,000 Shots Provided By Laser Instrument Aboard Curiosity
2013-03-18 10:36:22

Los Alamos National Laboratory Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team will present more than two dozen posters and talks next week during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. “ChemCam has performed flawlessly in its first six months, providing more than a gigabyte of exciting new information about the Red Planet,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the...