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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...

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory To Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology
2013-12-18 06:35:49

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. The goal of the challenging technology, led by JPL, is to enable a future mission to Mars or other planetary bodies that uses heavier spacecraft and lands them at locations that were previously not achievable. The...

Mars One Mission Gains Support From Lockheed Martin, Surrey Satellite Technology
2013-12-11 04:36:25

[ Watch the Video: Aerospace Giants Contribute To Mars One Mission ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online It might sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but an initiative to colonize Mars is one step closer to fruition after garnering support from US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, AFP’s Robert MacPherson reported on Tuesday. Mars One chief executive Bas Lansdorp told AFP that Lockheed would produce a “mission concept study” for an unmanned...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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