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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...

2009-09-23 14:21:19

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host a media teleconference at noon PDT on Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss new research results from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The findings will be reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science. NASA will stream audio from the teleconference online. The teleconference participants are: - Ken Edgett, team member, Context Camera, Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego - Shane Byrne, team member, High Resolution Imaging...

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2009-09-23 06:45:43

New, three-dimensional imaging of Martian north-polar ice layers by a radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is consistent with theoretical models of Martian climate swings during the past few million years. Alignment of the layering patterns with the modeled climate cycles provides insight about how the layers accumulated. These ice-rich, layered deposits cover an area one-third larger than Texas and form a stack up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) thick atop a basal deposit with...

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2009-09-03 09:17:06

NASA says thousands of new images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have been released. The images, taken in high resolution, show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on the Red Planet, NASA said. The spacecraft's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera recorded the images from April through early August, the space agency said. The camera team at the University of Arizona releases several...

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2009-09-03 06:22:27

Thousands of newly released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on the Red Planet. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the orbiter recorded these images from the month of April through early August of this year. The camera team at the University of Arizona, Tucson, releases several featured images each week and periodically...

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2009-08-30 12:55:00

Engineers for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project have stepped up the communication rate being received from the orbiter as an early step in the process of determining why the spacecraft spontaneously rebooted its computer on Aug. 26. The latest reboot occurred at 5:42 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (12:42 Universal Time) on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Data received from the orbiter indicate that this reboot had a different signature from reboots in February and June of this year. Three new pieces...

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2009-08-27 09:47:23

NASA says its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has put itself into safe mode for the fourth time this year, but is maintaining communications. Safe mode was activated Wednesday morning, meaning the spacecraft has limited activities pending further instructions from ground controllers, the space agency said. Engineers have begun the process of diagnosing the problem prior to restoring the orbiter to normal science operations -- a process expected to take several days, NASA said in a statement. They...

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2009-08-12 12:29:46

NASA says its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned a dramatic oblique view of a Martian crater that a rover explored for two years. The new view of Victoria Crater shows layers on steep crater walls, difficult to see from straight overhead, plus wheel tracks left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between September 2005 and August 2007, the space agency said. The orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera shot it at an angle comparable to looking at landscape...

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2009-08-12 12:50:00

This image of Victoria Crater in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at more of a sideways angle than earlier orbital images of this crater. The camera pointing was 22 degrees east of straight down, yielding a view comparable to looking at the landscape out an airplane window. East is at the top. The most interesting exposures of geological strata are in the steep walls of the...


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