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Mars Orbiter Image Shows Nucleus Of Comet Siding Spring Is Small
2014-10-21 03:15:54

Provided Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus. The images are the highest-resolution views ever acquired of a comet coming from the Oort Cloud at the fringes of the solar system. Other spacecraft have approached and studied comets with...

comet visit to mars
2014-10-20 06:36:17

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter were all in good shape following comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring’s flyby of the Red Planet on Sunday, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion’s Laboratory (JPL) have confirmed. Each of the orbiters had performed a “duck and cover” maneuver to take shelter behind the planet and avoid a period of potential risk due to dust from...

2014-09-30 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency...

MAVEN spacecraft
2014-09-22 04:08:36

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The NASA spacecraft that will explore the climate history of Mars by studying its upper atmosphere, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), successfully entered orbit around the planet Sunday night, the US space agency has confirmed. At 10:26 pm EDT, after the vehicle turned to point the main engines in the right direction and conducted a planned slow-down burn that lasted a little over half an hour, NASA tweeted via the...

2014-09-22 00:20:17

NASA Spacecraft to Study the Red Planet's Upper Atmosphere DENVER, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was successfully placed in orbit around Mars this evening. The spacecraft's flight operations are controlled by a team at Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area near Denver, Colorado. Photo: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2014/september/0921-ss-maven.html...

curiosity new mission
2014-09-12 10:16:34

Guy Webster, DC Agle and Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "After a historic and innovative landing along with its...

2014-09-11 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in...

MAVEN Mission
2014-09-09 10:50:55

Izumi Hansen and Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet. The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a “settling” burn that damps out...

rolling martian boulder
2014-08-14 10:14:04

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory A track about one-third of a mile (500 meters) long on Mars shows where an irregularly shaped boulder careened downhill to its current upright position, seen in a July 3, 2014, image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The shadow cast by the rock in mid-afternoon sunlight reveals it is about 20 feet (6 meters) tall. In the downward-looking image, the boulder is only about...

3d model of Curiosity rover
2014-08-07 03:00:49

Preston Dyches, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new-and-improved version of NASA's Spacecraft 3D app for mobile devices is launching to coincide with the second anniversary of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover's landing on Mars. In addition, content from the updated app is integrated with a new book of images, published by National Geographic, that chronicles the rover's journey. The app is available for download from: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/apps The updated app offers...


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