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Mars Rover Opportunity Image Goes Full-Circle
2012-07-06 04:36:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a panoramic photo of the Martian surface taken by its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during the winter months. The rover completed its 3,000th day on Mars on July 2, helping NASA to reach past 15 years of having a robotic presence on the Red Planet. The space agency released a photo taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam), showing the terrain where the explorer spent its most recent Martian winter. NASA...

Fireworks Over Mars
2012-07-02 16:16:59

One month and a day after celebrating its independence with fireworks exhibitions throughout the country, America will carry its penchant for awe-inspiring aerial pyrotechnic displays to the skies of another world. Some pyrotechnics will be as small as the energy released by a box of matches. One packs the same oomph as a stick of TNT. Whether they be large or small, on the evening of August 5th (Pacific time), all 76 must work on cue as NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, carried by the Mars...

NASA Engineers Fix Orbiter Millions Of Miles Away
2012-06-28 15:36:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is back in business after the spacecraft found itself placed into "safe" mode earlier this month. The spacecraft's flight team returned the orbiter back to full service this week after a two-week sequence of activities to recover Odyssey from safe mode. The orbiter switched itself to safe mode when one of the three primary reaction wheels used for altitude control stuck for a few minutes on June 8....

2012-06-05 14:16:24

NASA will host a 3-day NASA Social for 25 of its social media followers Aug. 3-5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Social is scheduled to culminate in the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover at Mars' Gale crater. The landing is anticipated at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6. The event will offer people who engage with NASA through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks the opportunity to tour JPL, speak with...

Tumbleweed Inspires Next Generation Mars Rover Design
2012-05-23 13:35:48

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com North Carolina State University researchers are proposing that a wind-driven "tumbleweed" Mars rover would be capable of moving across the Red Planet's rocky terrain. The scientists developed a computer model to determine how varying the diameter and mass of a tumbleweed rover would affect its speed and ability to avoid getting stuck in Martian rock fields, which are common on the surface of the planet. “We found that, in general, the larger the...

Opportunity Rover Catches Stunning Image Of Endeavour Crater
2012-05-23 03:53:01

Like a tourist waiting for just the right lighting to snap a favorite shot during a stay at the Grand Canyon, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has used a low sun angle for a memorable view of a large Martian crater. The resulting view catches a shadow of the rover in the foreground and the giant basin in the distance. Opportunity is perched on the western rim of Endeavour Crater looking eastward. The crater spans about 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter. Opportunity has been...

NASA Test Drives Rover To Prepare For Mars Exploration
2012-05-16 03:33:42

Members from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission preformed a “test drive” of the Mars rover in Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert last week. The test rover, similar to the rover Curiosity that is currently on its way to land on Mars in August, will expand understanding of the optimum method of controlling Curiosity when it is ready to explore Mars. Equipped with the same version of Curiosity´s mobility system, almost everything else on the test rover was removed...

Opportunity Rover Begins Ninth Year Of Operation On Mars
2012-01-24 13:16:04

[ Watch the Video ] Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA's enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially became a new mission five months ago. Opportunity reached a multi-year driving destination, Endeavour Crater, in August 2011. At Endeavour's rim, it has gained access to geological deposits from an earlier period of Martian history than anything it examined during its first seven years. It also has begun an...


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