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NASA Reveals Herculean Process Of Handling Big Data
2013-10-18 11:20:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever downloaded a movie from the Internet, you know that large amounts of data can take time to transfer and process using a standard computer. Now imagine the herculean task NASA faces in trying to process the constant flood of data streaming in from the simple Voyager probe signal emanating from outside our Solar System to the hi-res images being downloaded from various orbiting telescopes. "Scientists use big data for...

New Type Of Impact Crater Found On Mars
2013-10-09 12:54:21

[ Watch the Video: The Case Of The Curious Crater ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Based on nuclear test data and volcano research information, a Northern Arizona University astronomer has described a new category of impact crater – dubbed Low-Aspect-Ratio Layered Ejecta (LARLE) craters. According a presentation by Nadine Barlow this week at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences in Denver, the LARLE craters feature a thin-layered outer...

NASA Developing TextureCam Smart Camera System
2013-09-09 19:22:06

[ Watch the Video: Smart Cameras For Future Mars Rovers ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online As urgent as interplanetary exploration might seem, NASA must deal with a significant communication delay that acts as a bottleneck between robotic explorers like the Curiosity rover on Mars and scientists here on Earth. To help address that problem, a team of scientists based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. have developed a new camera...

Mars Lander InSight Has Four Potential Targets
2013-09-04 19:15:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA has dwindled down its list for potential landing sites for its next Mars lander mission down to four possibilities. The space agency's stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander mission will be launching in March 2016 and landing on the Red Planet six months later. NASA said it has narrowed its list of 22 possible landing spots down to four sites. All four of the...

2013-09-04 16:21:59

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency's next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet's interior. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months later. It will touch down at one...

Opportunity To Investigate Mars' Ancient Past At Solander Point
2013-08-15 07:02:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Opportunity rover has been plugging away on the Red Planet now for more than nine years and has survived several Martian winters. The rover is now studying a rocky layer on the edge of “Solander Point” that shows signs of an acidic wet past and a much older neutral wet environment. Solander Point was picked as a target for Opportunity months ago as it was wrapping up work at “Cape York” and preparing for the...

Switching Motion-Sensing Units On The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
2013-08-12 11:20:00

NASA NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is switching from one motion-sensing device to a duplicate unit onboard. The veteran orbiter relies on this inertial measurement unit (IMU) for information about changes in orientation. This information is important for maintaining spacecraft attitude and for pointing the orbiter's large antenna and science-observation instruments. The spacecraft has two identical copies of this motion-sensing device, called IMU-1 and IMU-2.  Either of them...

Lockheed Martin Ships Near Infrared Camera For James Webb Space Telescope
2013-07-26 08:39:36

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly and testing of the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and has shipped the instrument to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The most powerful...

Image Of The Mars Rover 10 Years After Launch
2013-07-18 13:53:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory An image from Mars orbit taken 10 years after the launch of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the long-lived rover on its trek to a new destination on Mars. The color image taken July 8, 2013, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter catches Opportunity crossing relatively level ground called "Botany Bay" on its way to a rise called "Solander Point." The image is...

NASA Celebrates Mars Pathfinder Landing Anniversary
2013-07-05 08:38:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Independence Day not only marks the date on which America became a free nation, but also when NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission landed safely on Mars in 1997 allowing the US to stake its first claim on another planet. Mars Pathfinder was carrying Sojourner, which was the first US Martian rover. The Soviet Union launched its Mars 3 rover in 1971, but communication was lost about 20 seconds after landing. Sojourner was the first successful...