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Mars-like Desert Exploration Completed By ESA's Test Rover
2013-10-16 12:07:11

ESA Braving high winds, dust devils and unpredictable terrain, ESA’s test rover has completed its exploration across – and under – Chile’s Mars-like Atacama Desert. The five-day Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial concluded on Saturday 12 October. An early version of ESA’s 2018 ExoMars rover fitted with a trio of prototype ExoMars instruments was overseen from a remote control center at the Satellite Applications Catapult facility in...

Atacama Desert Explored By ESA’s Test Rover
2013-10-09 09:24:59

ESA ESA’s test rover has been fitted with scientific instruments and made its first tracks in the sands of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Meanwhile, team members have explored the area to select a suitable site for testing, flying a drone to produce an aerial map. This week’s Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial is gaining experience in remotely operating a Mars rover prototype equipped with scientific instruments. ESA has assembled an international...

2013-10-07 12:20:29

Authored by Space Scientist Dr. Pascal Lee; Available Exclusively Through Scholastic Reading Club in October and at Bookstores Nationwide in November NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of World Space Week, whose theme this year is Mars exploration, Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announces the North American release of MISSION: MARS, a new nonfiction children's book for readers in grades 4 through 6* (ages 9-12) by...

Mars Mission Will Launch
2013-10-05 04:22:55

[ Watch the Video: MAVEN Mission Will Still Launch In November ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the government shutdown in progress, many speculations have arisen about NASA's upcoming MAVEN launch, but the latest intel indicates the mission will fall under a special exception to get it back up and running. When the government closed its doors earlier this week its impact was felt by all agencies, including NASA. The US space agency had to halt many of its...

ESA Mars Rover Desert Trial
2013-10-04 10:21:18

ESA Next week will see ESA’s most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet. The rover faces the desolate Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the closest terrestrial matches for Mars. Among the driest places on Earth, it lacks any vegetation and its red–brown soil and rocks make it look even more like Mars. The aim is to build up...

Mars Rover 2020 Mission
2013-09-28 04:12:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA has announced that they are currently accepting applications from researchers hoping to have their science and exploration technology instruments become part of the payload of the US space agency’s next Mars rover. The new rover, which is scheduled to be launched in July or August of 2020, will further explore Mars and determine whether or not the Red Planet could be a potential habitat for life. It will also seek out signs...

2013-09-26 20:20:22

TROY, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA's Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight. The results were published today in Science as one article in a five-paper special section on the Curiosity mission. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Science Laurie Leshin is the study's lead author. "One of the most exciting...

2013-09-26 16:21:38

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Examination of loose rocks, sand and dust has provided new understanding of the local and global processes on Mars. Analysis of observations and measurements by the rover's science instruments during...

Curiosity Gets The First 'Scoop' On Martian Water Discovery
2013-09-26 14:50:20

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Instrument Finds Watery Evidence ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity has added another huge discovery to its repertoire, as scientists report finding water in the NASA rover's first soil scoop taken on the Martian surface. The latest finding, published in the journal Science, shows that the rover's first scoop of soil contained fine materials that were several percent water by weight. "One of the most exciting results...

NASA Highlights Asteroid Initiative At World Maker Faire
2013-09-22 08:12:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online This weekend, NASA reached out for the public's help in tracking potentially hazardous asteroids at the World Maker Faire. The World Maker Faire took place September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science. This event is a festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness that has been around since 2006. The Maker Faire has been known for some interesting booths in the past, including a human-sized Mouse Trap board game for its...