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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...

2008-12-11 15:48:00

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed its primary, two-year science phase. The spacecraft has found signs of a complex Martian history of climate change that produced a diversity of past watery environments. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The orbiter has returned 73 terabits of science data, more than all earlier Mars missions combined. The spacecraft will build on this record as it continues to...

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2008-12-11 16:20:00

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed its primary, two-year science phase. The spacecraft has found signs of a complex Martian history of climate change that produced a diversity of past watery environments. The orbiter has returned 73 terabits of science data, more than all earlier Mars missions combined. The spacecraft will build on this record as it continues to examine Mars in unprecedented detail during its next two-year phase of science operations. Among the major findings...

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2008-11-17 12:50:00

As much as a third of Mars could have been underwater, UA scientists say An international team of scientists who analyzed data from the Gamma Ray Spectrometer onboard NASA's Mars Odyssey reports new evidence for the controversial idea that oceans once covered about a third of ancient Mars. "We compared Gamma Ray Spectrometer data on potassium, thorium and iron above and below a shoreline believed to mark an ancient ocean that covered a third of Mars' surface, and an inner shoreline believed...

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2008-10-10 08:10:00

The longest-serving of six spacecraft now studying Mars is up to new tricks for a third two-year extension of its mission to examine the most Earthlike of known foreign planets. NASA's Mars Odyssey is altering its orbit to gain even better sensitivity for its infrared mapping of Martian minerals. During the mission extension through September 2010, it will also point its camera with more flexibility than it has ever used before. Odyssey reached Mars in 2001. The orbit adjustment will allow...

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2008-05-28 14:20:00

Scientists leading NASA's Phoenix Mars mission from the University of Arizona in Tucson sent commands to unstow its robotic arm and take more images of its landing site early today. The Phoenix lander sent back new sharp color images from Mars late yesterday. Phoenix imaging scientists made a color mosaic of images taken by the lander's Surface Stereo Imager on landing day, May 25, and the first two full "sols," or Martian days, after landing. The panorama, now about one-third complete,...

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2008-05-26 08:25:00

A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars. The images from NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander also provided a glimpse of the flat valley floor expected to have water-rich permafrost within reach of the lander's robotic arm. The landing ends a 422-million-mile journey from Earth and begins a three-month mission that will use instruments to taste and sniff the northern polar site's soil and ice. "We see...

2008-05-13 17:07:05

This story was updated at 1:33 p.m. EDT. WASHINGTON — With just 12 days to go until its Mars arrival, NASA's Phoenix lander is functioning well and on course to be the first mission to land in the frigid, arctic regions of the red planet, NASA officials said today. A planned maneuver to adjust Phoenix's course was canceled last Saturday because the spacecraft is on track for its May 25 landing, said Barry Goldstein, Phoenix project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion...


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