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Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Moved For New Observations
2014-02-13 09:56:19

Guy Webster / Dwayne Brown - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 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. The maneuver took place Tuesday, Feb. 11. Odyssey team engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, designed the gentle move to accelerate Odyssey's drift...

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,...

2013-12-10 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed to scientists slender dark markings -- possibly due to salty water - that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that," said Alfred McEwen of the University...

Mars Orbiter 200 Terrabit Milestone
2013-11-11 10:21:49

[ Watch the Video: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Passes Data Milestone ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent back over 200 terabits worth of data, or three months worth of non-stop high definition video, since 2006. The new milestone is more than three times the total data returned through NASA's Deep Space Network for all the other missions managed by the organization's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) over...

Curiosity Heading Towards Spring Break
2013-03-25 12:29:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has been hard at work for seven months now, and the Mars tourist is about to get its own Spring Break. The Red Planet will be passing almost directly behind the Sun from Earth's perspective in April for two weeks, so NASA will be putting the Curiosity mission on hold. The sun is capable of disrupting radio transmissions between the two planets during the near-alignment, so NASA is holding off sending commands to...

2013-02-21 16:20:31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP), a component of NASA's Science Mission Directorate education and outreach activities, enables students from fifth grade through college to take an image of the Red Planet's surface...

ASU Mars Education Program Wins Award From Science Magazine
2013-02-21 14:23:51

Arizona State University Letting secondary school students use an operating NASA spacecraft to take images of Mars is about as hands-on as science education can get. Nor are the students just aiming the space camera randomly. Instead, they are targeting an image on the Red Planet's surface to answer a scientific question about Mars that the students themselves have developed. That's the exciting premise of the award-winning Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP). A key component of...

NASA Mars Odyssey Orbiter Gets Back To Work
2012-11-13 05:29:56

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We found out this week that the NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter, launched in 2001, had stopped working. It was no longer sending us vital information from our planned missions to the red planet. We also learned that this was completely intentional. This is because the Odyssey was completing a planned switch-over to a set of redundant equipment that included its main computing system. The transition to equipment that had not been in...

NASA Curiosity Team Changes From Mars To Earth Time
2012-11-07 08:12:07

[WATCH VIDEO: Living On Mars Time] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been three months since NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. During this time, the team operating the mission has been operating on “Mars time.” Because an average day (called a Sol on Mars) is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, the team´s daily start times had been moving a few hours later each week, resulting in many overnight shifts. Due...

Mars Odyssey Switching Computers
2012-11-02 13:01:45

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, already the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, will switch to some fresh, redundant equipment next week that has not been used since before launch in 2001. Like many spacecraft, this orbiter carries a pair of redundant main computers, so that a backup is available if one fails. Odyssey's "A-side" computer and "B-side" computer each have several other redundant subsystems linked to just that computer. The Odyssey team...