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2014-02-12 16:21:03

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The maneuver took place Tuesday. Odyssey team engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver,...

Impact Crater On Mars Could Actually Be Supervolcano
2013-10-23 09:11:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a first-of-its-kind discovery, scientists from NASA and the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona have identified what could be a supervolcano on a planet, other than Earth, in our Solar System. The supervolcano in question was discovered on Mars and was previously classified as an impact crater. But after further analysis of the area, scientists believe the basin is actually the remnant landscape of an ancient...

First Ancient Mars Supervolcano
2013-10-02 14:00:10

[ Watch the Video: Supervolcano Found On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a report that appeared in the journal Nature this week, scientists say they have discovered a supervolcano on Mars for the first time. The scientists determined that a vast circular basin on the face of the Red Planet is actually the remains of an ancient supervolcano eruption. To reach this conclusion, the team used images and topograhic data from NASA's Mars Odyssey, Mars Global...

Mars Express Supporting NASA During 'Seven Minutes Of Terror' Mars Landing
2012-07-25 14:02:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the most complicated landings ever performed on Mars will be taking place 354-million-miles away on August 5 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and it will be supported by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will be delivering the newest rover late-night on August 5, after encountering what has been tagged as "seven minutes of terror." The spacecraft will enter the Mars atmosphere...

Engineers Resolve Mars Science Laboratory Computer Issue
2012-02-10 04:08:45

Engineers have found the root cause of a computer reset that occurred two months ago on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and have determined how to correct it. The fix involves changing how certain unused data-holding locations, called registers, are configured in the memory management of the type of computer chip used on the spacecraft.  Billions of runs on a test computer with the modified register configuration yielded no repeat of the reset behavior. The mission team made this...

Mars Science Lab Trajectory Maneuver Slated For Jan. 11
2012-01-07 06:08:58

Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars. The action will use a choreographed sequence of firings of eight thruster engines during a period of about 175 minutes beginning at 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST or 2300 Universal Time). It will redirect the spacecraft more precisely toward Mars to land at Gale Crater. The trajectory resulting...

Ancient Lake Delta Found On Mars
2011-09-02 11:36:31

  The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Friday that it has discovered a crater on Mars that was once filled by a lake. NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft was first to identify the lake.  ESA said this delta structure is characteristic of the presence of a lake in the crater. The delta is an ancient fan-shaped deposit of dark sediments that is laid down in water, according to the space agency. The extinct lake is in the 40-mile-diameter Eberswalde crater that formed...

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2011-03-10 06:55:00

NASA's versatile Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began orbiting Mars five years ago today, March 10, has radically expanded our knowledge of the Red Planet and is now working overtime. The mission has provided copious information about ancient environments, ice-age-scale climate cycles and present-day changes on Mars. The orbiter observes Mars' surface, subsurface and atmosphere in unprecedented detail. The spacecraft's large solar panels and dish antenna have enabled it to transmit more...

2010-12-15 15:31:00

DENVER, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built spacecraft, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history. Odyssey entered orbit around Mars on Oct. 24, 2001 and today, the 3,340th day since that arrival, it passed the Martian career longevity record set by its predecessor, Mars Global Surveyor. Lockheed Martin also built and flew the Mars Global Surveyor for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). "Achieving this...

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2010-12-09 13:45:00

By the middle of next week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will have worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history. Odyssey entered orbit around Mars on Oct. 24, 2001. On Dec. 15, the 3,340th day since that arrival, it will pass the Martian career longevity record set by its predecessor, Mars Global Surveyor, which operated in orbit from Sept. 11, 1997, to Nov. 2, 2006. Odyssey made its most famous discovery -- evidence for copious water ice just below the dry surface of Mars --...