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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...

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...


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