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2013-11-19 08:20:39

First Martian Orbiter Sent to Find Out What Happened to the Water on Mars BRISTOL, Pa., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DUNMORE Corporation is protecting mission critical payload instruments carried aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) space mission and the spacecraft itself. DUNMORE's multi-layer insulation (MLI) materials shield onboard electronics from extreme temperatures as the spacecraft travels ten months to an orbit around Mars. (Photo:...

2013-11-18 16:21:22

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA mission that will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket's second stage 53 minutes after launch. The solar arrays deployed...

2013-11-18 16:20:59

NASA Spacecraft Will Study Planet's Upper Atmosphere CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was successfully launched today at 1:28 pm ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. The spacecraft has departed Earth and is now on its way to Mars, where it will study the planet's upper atmosphere. Launch...

2013-11-18 16:20:44

ATK Composite and Propulsion Technologies Help Launch MAVEN Spacecraft ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) provided critical hardware for the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V vehicle that launched a first-of-its-kind spacecraft today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Now on its way to Mars, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) spacecraft will survey the upper atmosphere of the red planet to help scientists understand how the...

Mars Next Stop For NASA's MAVEN Mission After Successful Launch
2013-11-18 13:03:03

[ Watch the Video: Mars MAVEN Mission Launch Successful ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new spacecraft aimed at un-layering the history of Mars’ upper atmosphere launched from Cape Canaveral on Monday. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be joining up with other elite spacecraft orbiting around the Red Planet in September 2014, after traveling millions of miles across the solar system. MAVEN will be the first spacecraft to...

Algorithm To Help Analyze Soil Images From Mars Rover Curiosity
2013-11-16 04:26:45

[ Watch the Video: Getting Up Close And Personal With Mars Soil Samples ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the instruments on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity are able to easily identify the chemical composition of rocks, measure the speed of the wind and snap amazing images from mast-mounted cameras, the process of analyzing soil images can be a somewhat daunting task, according to researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU). After all, the...

2013-11-15 16:20:23

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is available for live satellite interviews from 6-8 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, the morning of launch for the agency's next mission to Mars. The interviews will be carried live on NASA Television. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at...

2013-11-14 12:21:34

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will view the latest progress on NASA's Orion spacecraft and launch preparations for the next Mars mission at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, Nov. 17. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Media are invited to meet with Bolden at 2:30 p.m. EST in Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building where the Orion crew capsule is being prepared for its first...

Mars Sites Named In Honor Of Bruce Murray
2013-11-14 09:26:23

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity’s Path to Mount Sharp ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has named two significant landscape features observed by its Mars rovers "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of the late planetary scientist Bruce Murray. "Bruce Murray contributed both scientific insight and leadership that laid the groundwork for interplanetary missions such as robotic missions to Mars, including the Mars rovers, part of America's...

Curiosity Back In Nominal Surface Operations Mode
2013-11-13 10:37:46

NASA NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday (Nov. 10) that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode. Curiosity had been in safe mode since Nov. 7, when an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) occurred during a communications pass with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Mission science planning will resume tomorrow, and Curiosity science operations will recommence on Thursday. "We...