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Evidence Of Non-Acidic Water Discovered By Mars Rover Opportunity
2013-06-09 08:10:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online NASA´s Opportunity rover has discovered new evidence that Mars was once a planet capable of supporting life — a rock which appears to be rich in clays formed in non-acidic water, the US space agency announced Friday. According to Kenneth Chang of the New York Times, the rock discovered by the older of the two currently operational Mars rovers is approximately the size of a human forearm. The rover used its...

Opportunity Starting 10th Anniversary With New Trek
2013-06-07 13:10:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity is trekking towards a new study area as it closes in on its 10th year anniversary. The space agency said Opportunity is moving towards a destination known as Solander Point, which offers access to a taller stack of geological layering than the area the rover has been working at the past 20 months. "Getting to Solander Point will be like walking up to a road cut where you see a cross section of...

Curiosity Ending Glenelg Campaign, Setting Sights On Mount Sharp
2013-06-06 05:52:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover is wrapping up its objectives in its current location and getting ready to move on to an area about five miles away. The rover drilled a second rock target for sample material and delivered portions of that rock powder into laboratory instruments in one week. "We're hitting full stride," said Mars Science Laboratory Project Manager Jim Erickson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We...

NASA Will Host Teleconference On Curiosity Mars Rover June 5
2013-06-04 10:20:14

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), Wednesday, June 5 to provide an update about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and activities of the Curiosity rover. The briefing participants will be: -- Jim Erickson, Mars Science Laboratory project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. -- Joy Crisp, Mars Science Laboratory deputy project scientist, JPL -- Joe Melko, Mars Science Laboratory sampling...

Radiation Dangers From Manned Mars Trip
2013-05-30 13:20:16

John P. Millis, Ph.D. and Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There are many barriers that stand in the way of sending a human team to the surface of Mars. But near the top of the list of dangers would have to be the radiation exposure during the round trip voyage through the solar system. Clearly, a detailed understanding of the exposure levels is key in planning any mission to the Red Planet. To this end, the recent mission that carried NASA´s Curiosity...

Curiosity Rover Drills For A Second Time On Martian Rock
2013-05-20 14:39:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A little more than three months ago NASA´s Curiosity rover drilled into the Martian surface for the first time, collecting a sample from a rock called “John Klein.” On Sunday, Curiosity was at it again, this time drilling into the “Cumberland” rock. Portions of the drill sample should be delivered to Curiosity´s onboard laboratory for further analysis in the coming days, according to a NASA...

Asteroid Exploration Field Tests Performed In The Mojave Desert
2013-05-18 05:39:53

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The potential of a human mission to Mars has captured the imagination of many recently. However, before astronauts set foot on the Red Planet, NASA first plans to visit Near-Earth asteroids and potentially to the moons of Mars. With this vision in mind, a team of researchers from the SETI Institute, the Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, and the space robotics company Honeybee Robotics successfully completed a...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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