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2010-03-01 16:05:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander showed no sign during February that it has revived itself after the northern Mars winter. NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will check again in early April. The solar-powered Phoenix lander operated for two months longer than its planned three-month mission in the Martian arctic in 2008. It was not designed to withstand winter conditions. However, in case the return of abundant springtime sunlight to the site does revive Phoenix, Odyssey is conducting three periods of...

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2010-01-18 07:30:00

NASA's Mars Odyssey will begin a three-day initiative on Monday to listen for possible, albeit unlikely, radio transmissions from the Phoenix Mars Lander, which was believed frozen near the red planet's north pole following a five month study of the site in November 2008. "We do not expect Phoenix to have survived, and therefore do not expect to hear from it. However, if Phoenix is transmitting, Odyssey will hear it," said Chad Edwards, chief telecommunications engineer for the Mars...

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2009-06-22 14:22:19

The U.S. space agency has nudged the Mars Odyssey spacecraft's orbit, allowing it to look at the day side of Mars in mid-afternoon instead of late afternoon. NASA said the change, which took eight months to complete, increases the sensitivity for infrared mapping of Martian minerals. Orbit design for Odyssey's first seven years of observing Mars used a compromise between what worked best for the infrared mapping and for another onboard instrument, officials said. The orbiter is now overhead...

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2009-06-22 13:05:00

NASA's long-lived Mars Odyssey spacecraft has completed an eight-month adjustment of its orbit, positioning itself to look down at the day side of the planet in mid-afternoon instead of late afternoon. This change gains sensitivity for infrared mapping of Martian minerals by the orbiter's Thermal Emission Imaging System camera. Orbit design for Odyssey's first seven years of observing Mars used a compromise between what worked best for the infrared mapping and for another onboard instrument....

2009-03-14 13:26:50

The U.S. Internet search engine Google says its Google Mars feature began offering up-to-date images of Earth's planetary neighbor Saturday. An unidentified company spokesman said Google Mars users can view images of the red planet's surface taken by the Themis camera on board the Odyssey spacecraft above Mars, The Daily Telegraph reported. We are entering uncharted territory, the spokesman said. The online service also allows users to engage in virtual tours of Mars with the Odyssey and Mars...

2009-03-12 12:00:56

The U.S. space agency's Mars Odyssey orbiter's computer has been rebooted to clear memory flaws amassed in more than five years since its last reboot. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the procedure also restored Odyssey's onboard set of backup systems, called the spacecraft's B side, allowing its use in the future when necessary. For nearly two years, we have not known for certain whether the backup systems would be usable, so this successful reboot has allowed us to...

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2009-03-11 07:25:00

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter properly followed commands today to shut down and restart, a strategy by its engineers to clear any memory flaws accumulated in more than five years since Odyssey's last reboot.The procedure also restored Odyssey's onboard set of backup systems, called the spacecraft's "B side," allowing its use in the future when necessary."For nearly two years, we have not known for certain whether the backup systems would be usable, so this successful reboot has allowed us to...

2009-03-05 12:59:30

The U.S. space agency says it plans to address a long-known vulnerability in its Mars Odyssey orbiter -- that of accumulated memory corruption. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials say resolution of the problem requires rebooting the spacecraft's computer. That, they said, involves some risks but scientists have carefully weighed the risks of performing a cold reboot compared with the risk of doing nothing. They determined the proper course of action is to proceed with the...

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2009-03-04 16:35:00

The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter plans a procedure next week to address a long-known, potential vulnerability of accumulated memory corruption. The procedure requires rebooting the spacecraft's computer. This is not a risk-free event, but the Odyssey team and NASA have carefully weighed the risks of performing a cold reboot compared with the risk of doing nothing, and determined that the proper course of action is to proceed with the reboot. The chief concern about the potential...

2009-02-02 13:34:00

The U.S. space agency and Google say they have teamed to produce a new mode in Google Earth that creates a high-resolution, 3-D view of Mars. Besides providing a rich, immersive 3-D view of Mars that will aid public understanding of Mars science, the new mode -- Google Mars 3D -- also gives researchers a platform for sharing data similar to what Google Earth provides for Earth scientists, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement. The mode enables users to fly...


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