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Curiosity Lab Instruments Ingest Mars Rock Powder
2013-02-26 08:10:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two compact laboratories inside NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have ingested portions of the first sample of rock powder ever collected from the interior of a rock on Mars. Curiosity science team members will use the laboratories to analyze the rock powder in the coming days and weeks. The rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) and Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments received portions of the sample on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23,...

Private Space Company Plans To Send Space Tourists To Mars By 2018
2013-02-21 15:48:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One space tourist is leading the initiative to kickstart a 500-day journey to the Red Planet, starting in January 2018. Dennis Tito, the first private space tourist and chairman of Inspiration Mars Foundation, is planning to open up opportunities for people to take a trip to Mars in a 501-day trip. According to a press release, the "Mission for America" is poised at helping to encourage Americans "to believe again, in doing...

2013-02-20 16:20:26

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever has drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Transfer of the powdered-rock sample into an open scoop was visible for the first time in images received...

Curiosity Shows Off Delivered Materials Of Martian Rock Sample
2013-02-20 16:12:46

[Watch Video: Curiosity Drills - Animation]    [Watch Video: Drilling Demonstration] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA released during a teleconference today photos of its Curiosity rover's first-ever sample collected from inside a rock on Mars. Curiosity used its drill to help it collect a sample from inside a Martian rock for the first time earlier this month. During this task, Curiosity drilled about a 0.63-inch wide by 2.5-inch deep hole...

2013-02-20 12:20:57

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EST (noon PST) today, Feb. 20, to provide an update on the Mars rover Curiosity mission. This morning, Curiosity engineers confirmed the rover had collected the first-ever sample from inside a rock on Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Mars Science Laboratory project and its Curiosity rover are investigating whether conditions on Mars ever have...

Curiosity's 'ChemCam' Uses Laser To Hit On Martian Drill Tailings
2013-02-14 11:55:13

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated. This scene shows a line of pits left by laser hits on the drill tailings. The view is a mosaic of images taken by the remote micro-imager in ChemCam, with color information from Curiosity's Mast Camera. The drilled hole, at...

Americans Support Going To Mars: Poll
2013-02-12 11:21:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new poll indicates Americans are very confident in the ability of the United States to send man to Mars within the next 20 years. Explore Mars, a non-profit corporation, and Phillips & Company, a global communications firm, carried out a poll to determine where people stand on going to Mars. After the polling, it was discovered 71 percent of Americans are confident humans will be visiting the Red Planet by 2033. Also, the...

Unusual Form Taken By Mars Rock
2013-02-12 08:43:16

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Some casual observers might see a resemblance to a car door handle, hood ornament or some other type of metallic object. To Ronald Sletten of the University of Washington, Seattle, a collaborator on Curiosity's science team, the object is an interesting study in how wind and the natural...

Curiosity Drills Into Martian Bedrock
2013-02-10 04:48:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA´s Curiosity rover has become the first robot ever to drill into bedrock and collect a sample on Mars, using a drill located at the end of its mechanical arm to bore a hole into fine-grained sediment, then collecting material from the interior for future analysis, the US space agency announced on Friday. According to NASA officials, Curiosity drilled a hole that is approximately 0.63 inch wide and 2.5 inches deep in a...

2013-02-09 12:21:10

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The fresh hole, about 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep in...