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Mars Orbiter Finds Evidence Of Soviet Union Lander
2013-04-12 05:38:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may have captured images of hardware from a Soviet era spacecraft that landed on Mars in 1971. Russian citizen enthusiasts were following news about NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars when they found four features in a five-year old image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The features resemble four pieces of hardware from the Soviet Mars 3 mission: the parachute, heat shield, terminal retrorocket...

Used Parachute From Curiosity Rover Flaps In The Wind On Mars
2013-04-03 14:10:32

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how the parachute that helped NASA's Curiosity rover land on Mars last summer has subsequently changed its shape on the ground. The images were obtained by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Seven images taken by HiRISE between Aug. 12, 2012, and Jan. 13, 2013, show the used parachute shifting its shape at least twice in response to wind....

Ancient Mars Riverbed Evidence Found
2013-01-29 18:38:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online More evidence is coming in Mars used to be thriving with ancient riverbeds, according to a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Brown University researchers found networks of narrow ridges in impact craters on Mars that appear to be fossilized remnants of underground cracks through which water once flowed. The study adds more weight to the growing pile of evidence Mars once had an active hydrology and...

Martian Surface Changes With The Seasons
2013-01-25 08:51:40

[ Watch the Video: Mars Dry Ice and Dunes ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by the Planetary Science Institute's Senior Scientists Candice Hansen, shows that the spring thaw on Mars leads to a variety of geologic changes on the planet's surface. Frozen carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice, is deposited on the dunes surrounding the north pole's permanent water ice polar cap. In the spring, as it begins to sublimate, or change directly from a...

Mars Crater May Have Been Home To Groundwater-fed Lake
2013-01-21 04:10:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA´s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered evidence of a wet underground environment which suggests the planet could have once been home to a groundwater-fed lake, the US space agency announced on Sunday. The new data is the result of spectrometer data collected by the probe of the floor of McLaughlin Crater, which is 57 miles in diameter and 1.4 miles deep. The depth of the crater apparently allowed water to...

Mars Contains More Clay Minerals Than Expected
2012-12-21 09:13:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A larger portion of the Mars surface is covered by clay minerals - a type of rock that typically forms in places where water is present over an extended period of time - than was previously believed, claims a new study published in the current online edition of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Eldar Noe Dobrea of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) and colleagues identified the clay minerals using a spectroscopic...

NASA Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm
2012-11-22 07:52:09

NASA/JPL Report A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars. Using the orbiter's Mars Color Imager, Bruce Cantor of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, began observing the storm on Nov. 10, and subsequently reported it to the team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The storm came no closer than about 837 miles (1,347 kilometers) from Opportunity,...


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