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Tour Detailed Images Of Mars With HiView Tool
2011-12-08 04:47:49

An improved tool debuted Wednesday for viewing channels, dunes, boulders and other features revealed in the huge image files from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.  The new tool, HiView, offers the best way to take a personal, virtual hike through any of thousands of square miles of Mars observed by HiRISE, seeing details as small as a desk.  To watch the tutorial video and download the free HiView application, go...

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2011-12-03 12:04:04

Excellent launch precision for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission has forestalled the need for an early trajectory correction maneuver, now not required for a month or more. That first of six planned course adjustments during the 254-day journey from Earth to Mars had originally been scheduled for 15 days after the mission's Nov. 26 launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Now, the correction maneuver will not be performed until later in December or possibly...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Catches Mars Sand Dunes In Motion
2011-11-18 04:15:49

Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) show sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars at dozens of locations and shifting up to several yards. These observations reveal the planet's sandy surface is more dynamic than previously thought. "Mars either has more gusts of wind than we knew about before, or the winds are capable of transporting more sand," said Nathan Bridges, planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel,...

Water On Mars Would Have Been Below Planet's Surface
2011-11-02 13:41:36

NASA said on Wednesday that if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting habitats were most likely below the planet's surface. The study suggests that Martian environments with abundant liquid water on the surface existed only during short episodes. NASA said these episodes occurred toward the end of a period of hundreds of millions of years, during which warm water interacted with subsurface rock. The space agency said that this has implications about whether life existed on...

Image 1 - Opportunity Checking Out Chester Lake Rock
2011-09-15 05:04:09

  Mars rover poised on rock that may yield yet more evidence of a wet Mars Shortly after Labor Day 2011, the Mars rover Opportunity was poised on the rim of the 22,000 meter-wide Endeavour Crater, preparing to sample a novel rock type. Much older than the sedimentary samples the rover´s “tasted” so far, this new sample is flush with the promise of revealing clues to the planet´s environment when running rivers coursed the surface. What was supposed to have...

2011-08-10 10:42:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Aug. 9, the golf cart-sized rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. Opportunity drove approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) after climbing out of the Victoria crater....


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.