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2010-02-11 14:50:00

Near the center of a Martian crater about the size of Connecticut, hundreds of exposed rock layers form a mound as tall as the Rockies and reveal a record of major environmental changes on Mars billions of years ago. The history told by this tall parfait of layers inside Gale Crater matches what has been proposed in recent years as the dominant planet-wide pattern for early Mars, according to a new report by geologists using instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. "Looking at the...

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2010-01-21 08:10:00

Scientists Taking Suggestions on Where to Image the Red Planet Using NASA Satellite The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars will soon be taking photo suggestions from the public. Since arriving at Mars in 2006, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has recorded nearly 13,000 observations of the Red Planet's terrain. Each image covers dozens of square miles and reveal details as small as a desk. Now,...

2010-01-20 13:00:00

TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars will soon be taking photo suggestions from the public. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Since arriving at Mars in 2006, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has recorded nearly 13,000 observations of the Red Planet's terrain. Each image covers dozens of square miles and reveals...

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2009-11-25 10:20:00

The team operating NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plans to uplink protective files to the spacecraft next week as one step toward resuming the orbiter's research and relay activities. Since the orbiter spontaneously rebooted its computer on Aug. 26, flight team engineers have been examining possible root causes and repercussions of that incident and three similar events this year on Feb. 23, June 3 and Aug. 6. Meanwhile, the team has kept the spacecraft in a precautionary, minimally...

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2009-11-19 07:19:17

Because the first extrication drive for Spirit, on Sol 2088 (Nov. 17), stopped as soon as it began due to an exceeded tilt limit, the plan for an extrication drive on Sol 2090 (Nov. 19) will essentially be a repeat of the first drive plan, but with improved rover attitude knowledge. The updated attitude knowledge comes from the rover's measurement of its tilt on Sol 2088. In the Sol 2090 plan, the rover will be instructed to drive straight ahead in two steps. Each step will be a commanded...

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2009-11-05 07:15:00

Winter images of NASA's Phoenix Lander showing the lander shrouded in dry-ice frost on Mars have been captured with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The HiRISE camera team at the University of Arizona, Tucson, captured one image of the Phoenix lander on July 30, 2009, and the other on Aug. 22, 2009. That's when the sun began peeking over the horizon of the northern polar plains during winter, the imaging team said....

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2009-10-28 06:25:00

An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes. Wolfgang Fink, visiting associate in physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena says we are on the brink of a great paradigm shift in planetary exploration, and the next round of robotic explorers will be nothing like what we see today. "The way we explore tomorrow will be unlike any cup of tea we've ever tasted," said Fink, who was recently...

2009-09-28 11:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- For the twelfth consecutive year, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading sponsor of "The Year In Space" Calendar, featuring images and information from the past, present and future of space exploration and astronomical discovery. A free weekly online calendar and a free weekly e-mail newsletter are now available at the new companion website, http://www.YearInSpace.com. Through a special arrangement with the publisher, Lockheed Martin...

2009-09-24 13:45:00

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed frozen water hiding just below the surface of mid-latitude Mars. The spacecraft's observations were obtained from orbit after meteorites excavated fresh craters on the Red Planet. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists controlling instruments on the orbiter found bright ice exposed at five Martian sites with new craters that range in depth from...

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2009-09-24 14:30:00

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered water that could be 99 percent pure in craters halfway between the north pole and equator of Mars. "We knew there was ice below the surface at high latitudes of Mars, but we find that it extends far closer to the equator than you would think, based on Mars' climate today," said Shane Byrne of the University of Arizona, a member of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, which runs the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars...


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