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Opportunity Rover’s 10th Anniversary Honored By Ray Arvidson
2014-01-23 16:24:20

[ Watch The Video: Celebrating the Opportunity Rover’s 10th Anniversary ] Washington University in St. Louis Whirlwind tour of the past 10 years of adventures and discoveries by mission scientist Ray Arvidson Ten years ago, on Jan. 24, 2004, the Opportunity rover landed on a flat plain in the southern highlands of the planet Mars and rolled into an impact crater scientists didn't even know existed. The mission team, understandable giddy that it hadn't crashed or mysteriously...

2014-01-21 16:20:27

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine the best combination of...

rover tracks
2014-01-10 03:08:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the space agency’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars viewed from orbit. The new image was taken on December 11, 2013 by MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. Not only does the picture feature Curiosity driving inside Gale Crater, but it also shows tracks the rover’s tires have left behind as it makes its way across the Red Planet....

2014-01-06 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media and public are invited to attend events hosted by NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM), in Washington, to commemorate 10 years of roving across Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Anniversary activities will showcase the images and achievements of the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, both launched by NASA in the summer of 2003. Activities also will highlight how Mars...

Sprit Rover 10 year anniversary
2014-01-03 13:57:26

[ Watch the Video: Spirit Rover Landing 10th Anniversary ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Saturday will mark the 10th anniversary of the date NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit touched down on the Martian surface. On January 4, 2004 Spirit finally reached the Red Planet after a seven-month-long trip through space. The rover was a twin to the still operational Opportunity rover, which landed just a few weeks after Spirit. Spirit was a six-wheeled,...

Thousand Applicants Picked To Compete For Spot On Mars One Project
2014-01-02 10:24:07

[ Watch the Video: Candidates For Mars Trip Narrowed Down ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Out of 200,000 applicants to establish a colony on Mars by 2025, Mars One announces the selection of 1058 candidates. Mars One is a non-profit organization with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet. Co-founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp says, “We’re extremely appreciative and impressed with the sheer number of people who submitted...

mars curiosity wheel damage
2013-12-21 05:53:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Having successfully completed a software upgrade, the team operating NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity now plans to check the vehicle’s wheel for wear-and-tear, officials with the US space agency announced on Friday. Jim Erickson of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), manager of the Mars Science Laboratory project, said Curiosity is now running version 11 of its flight software. This is the third upgrade since the rover landed...

The Case For A Moon Base
2013-12-20 15:30:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While NASA has shifted its attention away from the moon since the 1970s, China and private space companies have recently been focused on seeing what information and resources can be gleaned from Earth’s only natural satellite. With this so-called 'moon race' heating up, NASA planetary scientist Christopher McKay is calling for the establishment of an American lunar base in a recent editorial published in the journal New Space....

Mars Curiosity Rover - A Look Back At 2013
2013-12-20 04:35:50

[ Watch the Video: Looking Back AT A Productive Year For Curiosity Rover ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a new year around the corner, redOrbit decided to take a look back at NASA’s most-prized rover’s accomplishments over the past year, looking at everything from breakthrough discoveries in Martian soil samples to Curiosity’s 100,00th laser shot. Over the past year, Mars exploration has made the biggest headlines, particularly due to NASA’s...

2013-12-19 16:21:32

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Launch Services Program announced today that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission, which will place a geophysical lander on the surface of Mars. "We could not be more honored that NASA has selected ULA to launch the InSight mission, which will be landing on the surface of Mars," said Jim...