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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...

2011-06-23 10:08:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next Mars rover has completed the journey from its California birthplace to Florida in preparation for launch this fall. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, also known as Curiosity, arrived Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center aboard an Air Force C-17 transport plane. It was accompanied by the rocket-powered descent stage that will fly the...

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2011-06-22 10:07:48

Southern California's high desert has been a stand-in for Mars for NASA technology testing many times over the years. And so it is again, in a series of flights by an F/A-18 aircraft to test the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. The flight profile is designed to have the F/A-18 climb to 40,000 feet (about 12,000 meters). From there, it makes a series of subsonic, stair-step dives at angles of 40 to 90 degrees to simulate what the Mars radar will see while the...

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2011-06-10 08:57:03

When NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reaches the rim of a large crater it is approaching, its arrival will come with an inspiring reminder. This crater, Endeavour, became the rover's long-term destination nearly three years ago. Opportunity has driven about 11 miles (18 kilometers) since climbing out of Victoria crater in August 2008, with Endeavour crater beckoning to the southeast. The rover has about 2 miles (about 3 kilometers) to go before reaching the rim of Endeavour. Rover...

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2011-06-03 12:55:00

By Dr. Tony Phillips - Science@NASA At NASA, missions are expected to go the extra mile. The Voyagers are, perhaps, the best known example. Launched in the 1970s to explore the outer planets, the iconic spacecraft have zoomed far beyond their original targets to the edge of interstellar space itself, 9 billion miles from Earth and still making discoveries. Pioneer 10 and 11, Ulysses, Stardust-NEXT, Deep Impact, and others have similar track records. It has become almost routine for...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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