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Mount Sharp drill hole
2014-09-26 09:03:20

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, Sept. 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected a powdered-rock sample.  Data and images received early Thursday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California,...

Two Years On Mars: The Good, Bad And The Ugly
2014-09-18 03:13:43

University of Utah Kimberly Lichtenberg, an instrument engineer for the Mars Curiosity rover, will speak about “Two Years on Mars: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” during the University of Utah’s Frontiers of Science Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The free public lecture will be held at 6 p.m. on campus in the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building Room 220, 259 S. 1400 East. For two years NASA’s Curiosity rover vehicle was on a mission to answer a fundamental question about...

Opportunity looks back
2014-09-11 03:00:38

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from nearly half a mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving. Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) recorded the component images on Aug. 15, 2014, from an elevated portion of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. A brief video places the scene into context with the rover's entire driving route of more...

Curiosity rover
2014-09-10 02:00:27

Dwayne Brown and DC Agle, NASA NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California -- Kathryn Stack, Curiosity Rover Mission Scientist,...

2014-09-09 20:20:21

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology,...

Mars rover Opportunity
2014-08-30 08:04:54

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's planned science activities, even though recovery from each incident is completed within a day or two. Flash memory retains data even when power is off. It is the type used for storing photos and songs on...

Bonanza King a no-go for NASA
2014-08-23 10:52:28

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling. The rock, called "Bonanza King," moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on Wednesday, at an early stage of this test, when the percussion drill impacted the rock a few times to make an indentation. Instead of drilling that or any similar rock nearby, the team has...

Cuiosity Rover Eyes Bonanza King
2014-08-17 08:44:42

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen a rock that looks like a pale paving stone as the mission's fourth drilling target, if it passes engineers' evaluation. They call it "Bonanza King." It is not at the "Pahrump Hills" site the team anticipated the rover might reach by mid-August. Unexpected challenges while driving in sand prompted the mission to reverse course last week after entering a valley where ripples of sand fill...

mars Hidden Valley
2014-08-04 03:15:20

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory As it approaches the second anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is also approaching its first close look at bedrock that is part of Mount Sharp, the layered mountain in the middle of Mars' Gale Crater. The mission made important discoveries during its first year by finding evidence of ancient lake and river environments. During its second year, it has been driving toward long-term science destinations on lower slopes of Mount...

2014-07-31 12:22:20

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover instruments Thursday at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Managers made the selections out of 58 proposals received in January from researchers and...


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