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2014-09-12 10:16:34

Guy Webster, DC Agle and Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "After a historic and innovative landing along with its...

2014-09-11 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in...

Curiosity rover
2014-09-10 02:00:27

Dwayne Brown and DC Agle, NASA NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California -- Kathryn Stack, Curiosity Rover Mission Scientist,...

2014-09-09 20:20:21

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology,...

MAVEN Mission
2014-09-09 10:50:55

Izumi Hansen and Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet. The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a “settling” burn that damps out...

Mars rover Opportunity
2014-08-30 08:04:54

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's planned science activities, even though recovery from each incident is completed within a day or two. Flash memory retains data even when power is off. It is the type used for storing photos and songs on...

Bonanza King a no-go for NASA
2014-08-23 10:52:28

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling. The rock, called "Bonanza King," moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on Wednesday, at an early stage of this test, when the percussion drill impacted the rock a few times to make an indentation. Instead of drilling that or any similar rock nearby, the team has...

Cuiosity Rover Eyes Bonanza King
2014-08-17 08:44:42

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen a rock that looks like a pale paving stone as the mission's fourth drilling target, if it passes engineers' evaluation. They call it "Bonanza King." It is not at the "Pahrump Hills" site the team anticipated the rover might reach by mid-August. Unexpected challenges while driving in sand prompted the mission to reverse course last week after entering a valley where ripples of sand fill...

LDSD retrieval
2014-08-11 05:21:13

DC Agle, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and David Steitz, NASA Headquarters NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The goal of this experimental flight test, the first of three planned for the project, was to determine if the balloon-launched, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped, design could reach the altitudes and...

3d model of Curiosity rover
2014-08-07 03:00:49

Preston Dyches, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new-and-improved version of NASA's Spacecraft 3D app for mobile devices is launching to coincide with the second anniversary of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover's landing on Mars. In addition, content from the updated app is integrated with a new book of images, published by National Geographic, that chronicles the rover's journey. The app is available for download from: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/apps The updated app offers...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.