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MRO Image Analysis Suggests Possible Salt Water On Mars
2013-12-10 19:42:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online For decades, scientists have been on a quest to find liquid water on the surface of Mars and new images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may finally provide that evidence. Newly released images from NASA clearly show dark streaks seasonally advancing down slopes close to the Martian equator, which space agency scientists say could be due to salty water. "The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of...

Mars Orbiter Launched By India Leaves Earth's Orbit, Now Bound For Mars
2013-12-01 06:10:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) left Earth’s orbit early Sunday morning, officially beginning its 300 day, 485 million mile trek to the Red Planet, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has confirmed. MOM, which is also known as Mangalyaan, fired its main engine for over 20 minutes in order to achieve the velocity required to leave Earth’s orbit, according to BBC News reports. It is currently scheduled to arrive...

Curiosity Mars Shut Down Soft Short
2013-11-21 10:16:07

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Operations Suspended Temporarily ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has suspended its rover Curiosity operations on Mars to check for possible causes of a voltage change detected this week. The space agency announced that engineers are investigating a “soft” short, which is a leak through a material that is partially conductive of electricity, rather than a hard short like one electrical wire contacting another....

Algorithm To Help Analyze Soil Images From Mars Rover Curiosity
2013-11-16 04:26:45

[ Watch the Video: Getting Up Close And Personal With Mars Soil Samples ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the instruments on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity are able to easily identify the chemical composition of rocks, measure the speed of the wind and snap amazing images from mast-mounted cameras, the process of analyzing soil images can be a somewhat daunting task, according to researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU). After all, the...

India's Flagship Martian Orbiter Has A Minor Hiccup Over Earth
2013-11-11 13:26:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online India’s landmark mission to mars, which was launched just under a week ago, has hit a minor speed bump while in orbit over Earth. The country’s Mars Orbiter Mission, otherwise known as Mangalyaan or MOM, encountered a problem with a liquid fuel thruster, causing the probe to miss an intended higher orbital trajectory. India maintains that this minor issue is just that and will not set the country back in its attempt to be only...

Mars Orbiter 200 Terrabit Milestone
2013-11-11 10:21:49

[ Watch the Video: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Passes Data Milestone ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent back over 200 terabits worth of data, or three months worth of non-stop high definition video, since 2006. The new milestone is more than three times the total data returned through NASA's Deep Space Network for all the other missions managed by the organization's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) over...

Mars Curiosity Solo Drive Approaching Cooperstown
2013-10-30 09:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover finished its first two-day autonomous roll across the Martian landscape on Monday, bringing the roving laboratory to an ideal vantage point for selecting a next target to investigate, NASA announced on Tuesday. When Curiosity drives autonomously, it chooses a route by using its onboard computer to analyze stereo pictures that it takes during stops. Before Monday, each day’s drive came after a section earlier...

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...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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