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2010-05-22 07:15:00

Earlier this month, Mars Exploration Project manager John Callas updated a NASA audience at the Marshall Space Flight Center about future prospects for the Mars rovers. Spirit, he says, is in peril from the advancing Martian winter, and Opportunity could soon run into trouble as the rover attempts a daring trek across dangerous terrain. Nevertheless, both rovers are still in the hunt for new discoveries. In other words, it's business as usual on Mars. His report began with the "lucky rover,"...

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2010-05-21 07:20:00

Planners of NASA's next Mars mission have selected a flight schedule that will use favorable positions for two currently orbiting NASA Mars orbiters to obtain maximum information during descent and landing. Continuing analysis of the geometry and communications options for the arrival at Mars have led planners for the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, to choose an Earth-to-Mars trajectory that schedules launch between Nov. 25 and Dec. 18, 2011. Landing will take place between Aug. 6 and...

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2010-04-14 08:09:32

This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars. Recent tests included some near Lancaster, Calif., against a backdrop of blooming California poppy fields. In those tests, a helicopter carried an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on prescribed descent paths. The descents at different angles and from different heights simulated paths associated with specific candidate sites for the mission. The Mars...

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2010-04-07 14:03:49

Malin Space Science Systems Inc., San Diego, has delivered the two cameras for the Mast Camera instrument that will be the science-imaging workhorse of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, to be launched next year. The instrument, called Mastcam, has been tested and is ready for installation onto the rover, named Curiosity, which is being built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The two component cameras have different fixed focal lengths: 34 millimeters and 100...

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2010-03-31 14:05:00

The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has returned the first pictures of locations on the Red Planet suggested by the public. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is nicknamed, "the people's camera." Through a program called HiWish that began in January, scientists have received approximately 1,000 suggestions. The first eight images of areas the public selected are available online at:...

2010-03-31 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has returned the first pictures of locations on the Red Planet suggested by the public. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, is nicknamed, "the people's camera." Through a program called HiWish that began in January, scientists have...

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2010-03-23 08:15:00

A digital terrain model generated from a stereo pair of images provides this synthesized, oblique view of a portion of the wall terraces of Mojave Crater in the Xanthe Terra region of Mars. This view, in which the vertical dimension is exaggerated three-fold compared with horizontal dimensions, shows the ponding of material backed up behind massive wall-terrace blocks of bedrock. Hundreds of impact craters on Mars have similarly ponded features with pitted surfaces. These "pitted ponds" are...

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2010-03-09 12:50:00

NASA today unveiled an interactive computer simulation that allows virtual explorers of all ages to dock the space shuttle at the International Space Station, experience a virtual trip to Mars or a lunar impact, and explore images of star formations taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. In an effort to excite young people about space and NASA's missions, the agency has launched the online Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) simulation, designed to entertain and educate. The interactive...

2010-03-09 11:48:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA today unveiled an interactive computer simulation that allows virtual explorers of all ages to dock the space shuttle at the International Space Station, experience a virtual trip to Mars or a lunar impact, and explore images of star formations taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In an effort to excite young people about space and NASA's missions, the agency has...

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2010-03-04 13:40:00

New studies of ripples and dunes shaped by the winds on Mars testify to variability on that planet, identifying at least one place where ripples are actively migrating and another where the ripples have been stationary for 100,000 years or more. Patterns of dunes and the smaller ripples present some of the more visually striking landforms photographed by cameras orbiting Mars.  Investigations of whether they are moving go back more than a decade. Two reports presented at the 41st Lunar...


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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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