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Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington DC. “The Current Achievement winner can be summarized in two words: sky crane,” said a museum press release describing the award. “This phrase embodied the audacious plan that the Entry, Descent,...

Curiosity Finds Hard Evidence For Ancient Life On Mars
2013-03-12 13:03:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New results from Curiosity's drilling on Mars are in, and NASA experts say they indicate that the Red Planet once had conditions hospitable to life. NASA announced today that the powder that Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock on Mars showed the presence of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — all of which are key chemical ingredients for life. "A fundamental question for this mission is...

Briefing On Curiosity's Analysis Of Mars Rock Held By NASA
2013-03-08 08:48:16

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Tuesday, March 12, to discuss the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars. The briefing, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The participants will be: -- Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger,...

Curiosity Is Back On Track After Memory Glitch Forced JPL To Switch Computers
2013-03-05 07:48:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On February 28, a team of engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California switched their Mars Curiosity rover over to a redundant onboard computer after discovering a memory issue within the main computer system. That swap put Curiosity into “safe mode,” allowing the team to investigate the main computer before returning the rover back to a normal routine. Today, the JPL team announced Curiosity has...

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers
2013-03-01 11:50:21

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active. The intentional swap at about 2:30 a.m. PST today (Thursday, Feb. 28) put the rover, as anticipated, into a minimal-activity precautionary status called "safe mode." The team is shifting the rover from safe mode to operational status over the next few days and is troubleshooting the...

Inspiration Mars Sending First Humans To Red Planet In 2018
2013-02-28 05:14:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week, redOrbit reported about how one organization was planning to send tourists to Mars by 2018. Now, more details about Inspiration Mars Foundation's mission to the Red Planet have emerged. Dennis Tito, the first private space tourist and chairman of the foundation, officially announced Wednesday plans to send private citizens on a trip to pass within 100 million miles of Mars. This 501-day journey is aimed at taking place on...

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...


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