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JPL Participates In Space-Themed Corn Maze
2011-09-29 03:59:42

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is joining forces with Utah's original corn maze, Cornbelly's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest, for a kickoff celebration on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. John Callas, project manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers at JPL, will appear at the grand opening festivities of an autumn corn maze celebrating the U.S. space program. The weekend will be filled with interactive displays and activities brought in by JPL, including an exhibit featuring a replica of a Mars rover,...

150 Twitter Users To Be Invited To Mars Rover Launch
2011-09-29 03:55:59

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch window open is scheduled to open at 10:21 a.m. EDT on Nov. 25. The Tweetup will provide NASA's social media followers with the opportunity to tour Kennedy Space...

2011-09-28 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch window is scheduled to open at 10:21 a.m. EST on Nov. 25. (Logo:...

Mars Memorial Image Taken September 11, 2011
2011-09-12 13:27:16

  A view of a memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center towers was taken on Mars yesterday, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The memorial, made from aluminum recovered from the site of the twin towers in weeks following the attacks, serves as a cable guard on a tool on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and bears an image of the American flag. The memorial is on the rover's rock abrasion tool, which was being made in September...

Mars Rovers Carry 9/11 Tributes
2011-09-09 06:25:16

  In September 2001, Honeybee Robotics employees in lower Manhattan were building a pair of tools for grinding weathered rinds off rocks on Mars, so that scientific instruments on NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity could inspect the rocks' interiors. That month's attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, less than a mile away, shook the lives of the employees and millions of others. Work on the rock abrasion tools needed to meet a tight schedule to...

2011-09-01 15:18:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The initial work of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity at its new location on Mars shows surface compositional differences from anything the robot has studied in its first 7.5 years of exploration. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Opportunity arrived three weeks ago at the rim of a 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater named Endeavour. The first rock it examined is flat-topped and about the size of a footstool....

Image 1 - Mars Rover Studying New Areas Of Martian Surface
2011-09-01 14:45:22

  NASA said on Thursday that its Opportunity rover has started to study Martian surface composition from its new location. Opportunity arrived earlier in August at the rim of a 14-mile-wide crater named Endeavour.  The first rock examined by the rover was flat-topped and about the size of a footstool, according to NASA. "This is different from any rock ever seen on Mars," Steve Squyres, principal investigator for Opportunity at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said in a...

2011-08-31 08:35:34

NASA will host a media teleconference on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 12:30 p.m. PDT to discuss progress of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Opportunity reached the Martian Endeavour crater earlier this month after years of driving. The teleconference participants are: -- Dave Lavery, program executive, Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- Steve Squyres, principal investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. -- Ray Arvidson,...

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2011-08-15 11:35:00

NASA said on Friday that its $2.4 billion Mars Science Laboratory has completed a series of functional tests to verify the car-sized rover's readiness for launch in November. Engineers will now fold up opportunity's robotic arm, camera mast, wheels and suspension so it can be packed inside a protective aeroshell. The spacecraft will then be attached to its interplanetary cruise stage and hauled out to launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in October. The space agency is...

2011-08-10 14:07:00

NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) known as Curiosity, will be the focus of a media opportunity at 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 12, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. News media representatives will have an opportunity to photograph the rover and interview project and launch program officials during the event at Kennedy's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Curiosity will be integrated later with its descent stage, which will take it to the Martian surface. The...