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Mount Sharp drill hole
2014-09-26 09:03:20

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, Sept. 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected a powdered-rock sample.  Data and images received early Thursday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California,...

mars and the sun
2014-09-24 07:50:31

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Two main types of explosions occur on the sun: solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Unlike the energy and X-rays produced in a solar flare – which can reach Earth at the speed of light in eight minutes – coronal mass ejections are giant clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth. Once at Earth, these ejections, also called CMEs, can impact satellites in space or interfere with radio communications. During CME...

mars india
2014-09-24 06:10:06

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE - September 24, 2014, 6:10 a.m. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan (MOM) successfully entered orbit around Mars early Wednesday morning (local time), making the country the first Asian nation to successfully reach the Red Planet as well as the first space program to do so on its first attempt, according to Wall Street Journal blogger Joanna Sugden. “As the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on, space...

MAVEN spacecraft
2014-09-22 04:08:36

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The NASA spacecraft that will explore the climate history of Mars by studying its upper atmosphere, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), successfully entered orbit around the planet Sunday night, the US space agency has confirmed. At 10:26 pm EDT, after the vehicle turned to point the main engines in the right direction and conducted a planned slow-down burn that lasted a little over half an hour, NASA tweeted via the...

2014-09-22 00:20:17

NASA Spacecraft to Study the Red Planet's Upper Atmosphere DENVER, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was successfully placed in orbit around Mars this evening. The spacecraft's flight operations are controlled by a team at Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area near Denver, Colorado. Photo: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2014/september/0921-ss-maven.html...

2014-09-22 00:20:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars' upper...

mars citizen science
2014-09-20 16:20:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "NASA is committed to engaging the public, and specifically the maker community through innovative activities like the Mars Balance Mass Challenge," said NASA Chief Technologist David Miller. "And NASA Solve is a great...

2014-09-19 12:21:25

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast live the Sunday, Sept. 21, Mars orbital insertion of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. EDT. The broadcast also will be available on the agency's website. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The program, originating from the Lockheed Martin Facility in Littleton, Colorado, will feature live camera views of mission...

Two Years On Mars: The Good, Bad And The Ugly
2014-09-18 03:13:43

University of Utah Kimberly Lichtenberg, an instrument engineer for the Mars Curiosity rover, will speak about “Two Years on Mars: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” during the University of Utah’s Frontiers of Science Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The free public lecture will be held at 6 p.m. on campus in the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building Room 220, 259 S. 1400 East. For two years NASA’s Curiosity rover vehicle was on a mission to answer a fundamental question about...

mars maven
2014-09-17 16:20:25

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Flight Controllers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, will be responsible for the health and safety of the spacecraft throughout the process. The spacecraft's...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.