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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...

2011-08-10 10:42:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Aug. 9, the golf cart-sized rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. Opportunity drove approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) after climbing out of the Victoria crater....

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2011-08-10 11:25:00

NASA said on Wednesday that its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the planet's Endeavour Crater after a three year journey. The rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. NASA selected "Spirit Point" as an informal name for the site to commemorate Opportunity's rover twin, Spirit, which ended communication and finished its mission earlier this year. Opportunity has driven roughly 13 miles since climbing out of the Victoria crater. "NASA is...

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2011-08-09 04:50:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is poised to reach the rim of a large crater, beginning a new phase of research for the rover. Opportunity drove out of Victoria crater in August 2008, and now only 2 miles stand in its way of driving out of Endeavour crater. NASA selected "Spirit Point" as an informal name for the site on the rim where Opportunity will arrive at the Endeavour crater. The choice commemorates Opportunity's rover twin, Spirit, which ended communication and finished...

2011-07-22 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled to launch late this year and land in August 2012. The target crater spans 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter and holds a mountain rising higher from the crater floor than Mount Rainier rises above Seattle....

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2011-07-19 13:45:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven over 20 miles in seven years, which is over 50 times the mission's original distance goal. NASA said the rover completed a 407-foot drive on July 17 that took Opportunity past the 20-mile mark.  The drive brought Opportunity to within a few drives of reaching the rim of Endeavour crater, which is the rover team's long-term destination since mid-2008. The crater is about 14-miles in diameter, and its western rim exposes outcrops that...

2011-07-19 08:51:19

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce the selected landing site for the agency's latest Mars rover. The event will be in the museum's Moving Beyond Earth Gallery. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the event. Participating in the news conference: -- John Grant, geologist, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum National, Washington -- Michael Meyer, Mars Exploration Program...

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2011-07-07 11:00:00

NASA said on Wednesday that it has dwindled down the next Mars rover's landing site to two locations. The two locations for the Mars Science Laboratory landing site are the Eberswalde and Gale craters.  The Curiosity rover is in preparations for launch sometime during the period of November 25 and December 18, 2011. According to NASA, Eberswalde crater is a clay-bearing site where a river once flowed into a lake, which could offer a chance to use knowledge that oil industry geologists...

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2011-06-24 08:28:02

NASA's next Mars rover, nicknamed Curiosity, departed March Air Force Base in California and arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night where it will undergo final launch testing, officials said on Thursday. The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory is nuclear-fueled and is the size of a small car, It has been designed to roam the martian surface and assess the planet's suitability for life. Engineers will spend the next several months preparing the rover for its November...


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