Quantcast

Latest Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Stories

2011-06-23 08:05:30

MESSENGER Co-Investigator Scott Murchie, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., will be awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor that NASA bestows to an individual working outside the government. The award is granted only to individuals whose singular accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA mission. Murchie is receiving the honor in recognition of his leadership of the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging...

316dc5d3301d0f44dce604da9e7d174d
2011-06-22 10:07:48

Southern California's high desert has been a stand-in for Mars for NASA technology testing many times over the years. And so it is again, in a series of flights by an F/A-18 aircraft to test the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. The flight profile is designed to have the F/A-18 climb to 40,000 feet (about 12,000 meters). From there, it makes a series of subsonic, stair-step dives at angles of 40 to 90 degrees to simulate what the Mars radar will see while the...

e57e92fd7586ae903fc6cb9ac7052706
2011-06-01 13:10:03

Two digital color cameras riding high on the mast of NASA's next Mars rover will complement each other in showing the surface of Mars in exquisite detail. They are the left and right eyes of the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, instrument on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launching in late 2011. The right-eye Mastcam looks through a telephoto lens, revealing details near or far with about three-fold better resolution than any previous landscape-viewing camera on...

2011-05-25 09:00:00

PISCATAWAY, N.J., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A "hot" topic in space exploration is transient activity, which is one of 12 topics discussed in the May issue on the subject of Solar System Radar & Radio Science of Proceedings of the IEEE, the world's most highly-cited general interest journal in electrical engineering and computer science. The paper entitled "A Prototype Radio Transient Survey Instrument for Piggyback Deep Space Network Tracking" defines NASA's Deep Space Network as...

b23b4733112cc92b8f6175f915326826
2011-05-13 06:35:00

See it at JPL Open House May 14 and 15 The Spacecraft Assembly Facility of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was constructed in 1961 to support NASA's Ranger and Mariner missions to the moon, Venus and Mars. America had entered the Space Age just three years earlier, with the launch of the JPL-built Explorer 1 spacecraft. The Spacecraft Assembly Facility, also known as JPL Building 179, originally had just one high bay, the large chamber now named High Bay 1. It is about...

2011-04-21 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet's axis varies. This process can affect the stability of liquid water if it exists on the Martian surface and increase the frequency and severity of Martian dust storms. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Researchers using MRO's ground-penetrating radar identified a...

5b08aeedf27eec844966e16fa967c9ab1
2011-03-10 06:55:00

NASA's versatile Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began orbiting Mars five years ago today, March 10, has radically expanded our knowledge of the Red Planet and is now working overtime. The mission has provided copious information about ancient environments, ice-age-scale climate cycles and present-day changes on Mars. The orbiter observes Mars' surface, subsurface and atmosphere in unprecedented detail. The spacecraft's large solar panels and dish antenna have enabled it to transmit more...

58d5b390080907c2776a311ec99ac9c81
2011-03-09 12:05:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has nearly completed its three-month examination of a crater informally named "Santa Maria," but before the rover resumes its overland trek, an orbiting camera has provided a color image of Opportunity beside Santa Maria. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired the image on March 1, while Opportunity was extending its robotic arm to take close-up photos of a rock called "Ruiz...

6d4888a5318105f318aa772c426d86901
2011-03-08 14:13:35

Rocks on Mars dug from far underground by crater-blasting impacts are providing glimpses of one possible way Mars' atmosphere has become much less dense than it used to be. At several places where cratering has exposed material from depths of about 5 kilometers (3 miles) or more beneath the surface, observations by a mineral-mapping instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate carbonate minerals. These are not the first detections of carbonates on Mars. However, compared to...

eeb58b7e1f35da45964ad428241f9cb9
2011-02-03 14:55:00

According to research using images from a NASA orbiter, sand dunes in a vast area of northern Mars long thought to be frozen in time are changing with both sudden and gradual motions. NASA said on Thursday that the dune fields cover an area the size of Texas in a band around the planet at the edge of Mars' north polar cap.  The new findings suggest they are among the most active landscapes on Mars.  However, few changes in these dark-toned dunes had been detected before a campaign...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
Related