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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...

Mars Is Bombarded By 200 Asteroids A Year
2013-05-16 04:04:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists believe Mars may be rocked by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year. Researchers using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter identified 248 new impact sites on parts of the Martian surface in the past decade. Their 200-impacts-per-year estimation is a calculation based on the number found in a systematic survey of a portion of the planet. MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment...

Curiosity Rover Makes Second Drill In Martian Rock
2013-05-10 11:37:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a month without contact with their rover, the Mars Curiosity team has selected their next target for drilling: a flat rock called Cumberland. According to a NASA statement, Cumberland is about nine feet west of Curiosity's first drilling target, a Martian stone they've dubbed John Klein. In February, Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on Mars from that rock. An on-board analysis of John Klein found signs of an...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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