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StarTiger's Dropship Offers Safe Landings For Mars Rovers
2014-07-04 03:02:35

[ Watch The Video: Dropship Offers Safe Landings For Mars Rovers ] ESA The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger’s Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating a European precision-landing capability for Mars and other targets. The Skycrane that lowered NASA’s Curiosity rover onto Mars showed the potential of this...

NASA Holds Special Day For Women Working On Curiosity Team
2014-06-27 07:43:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In recent years, there has been a push to encourage girls and young women to become interested in the STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. To further this aim, and celebrate the anniversary of the Mars rover Curiosity completing its first Martian year this week (687 Earth days), NASA and the Curiosity team planned a special staffing day on June 26th. Each day that Curiosity spends on Mars requires several dozen...

mars rover curiosity microbe stowaways
2014-05-22 12:40:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online History is filled with accounts of man introducing alien species into a new ecosystem, so a new report coming from Nature News should come as no surprise – the Curiosity rover may have introduced microbes into its surrounding environment on Mars. The Nature report mentioned a study presented at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Boston that discovered that the 377 strains of bacteria found on the...

windjana drill hole at night
2014-05-16 04:00:30

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Portions of powdered rock collected by drilling into a sandstone target last week have been delivered to laboratory instruments inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, and the rover will soon drive on toward its long-term destination on a mountain slope. Other instruments on the rover have inspected the rock's interior exposed in the hole and in drill cuttings heaped around the hole. The target rock, "Windjana," is a sandstone slab within a...

curiosity drilling windjana
2014-05-07 06:01:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity Rover has drilled into a slab of Martian sandstone from which portions of rock powder will be delivered into the rover's internal instruments. Early Tuesday, Curiosity rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received confirmation of the rover's third successful acquisition of a drilled rock sample from the target rock "Windjana." Created by Curiosity's hammering drill, the new hole is 0.63 inch...

Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target Windjana
2014-05-01 08:55:24

UPDATE: May 1, 2014 (9:00AM CDT) NASA's Curiosity Mars rover performed a "mini-drill" operation Tuesday, April 29, on the rock target under consideration for the mission's third sample-collection drilling. This preparatory activity produced a hole about eight-tenths of an inch (2 centimeters) deep, as planned, in the target called "Windjana." The rover team plans to decide whether to proceed with deeper drilling of this rock in coming days. Guy Webster, NASA The team operating...

Windjana
2014-04-28 04:13:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Curiosity spent this weekend using several of its instruments to inspect a sandstone slab that could become the third drilled rock of the Mars rover’s mission, and the first to consist of something other than mudstone. However, the rock, which NASA scientists have dubbed Windjana in honor of a gorge in Western Australia, must first meet a series of criteria established by the mission’s engineers, the US space agency said in a...

Selfie From Mars Opportunity Rover
2014-04-17 14:58:31

Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory In its sixth Martian winter, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity now has cleaner solar arrays than in any Martian winter since its first on the Red Planet, in 2005. Cleaning effects of wind events in March boosted the amount of electricity available for the rover's work. A new self-portrait from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam), showing the cleaned arrays, is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18079...

Curiosity Mars rover tracks
2014-04-17 04:57:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Curiosity science team is analyzing the rock layer surrounding the base of a 16-foot-high butte known as “Mount Remarkable” to determine whether or not the region is a good candidate for investigation using tools on the robotic arm on the Mars rover, NASA announced Wednesday. The rock layer surrounding the base of Mount Remarkable has been dubbed “the middle unit” by scientists because of its location between rocks...

Old Spirit Data Points To New Evidence Of Ancient Water In Mars Crater
2014-04-10 07:36:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The hunt for a confirmed source of ancient water on the Red Planet may be over (or just beginning), at least for one group of scientists. Mars scientists looking at old data provided by NASA’s Spirit, one of the two rovers that landed on the Martian landscape a decade ago, have found evidence of ancient water inside the crater in which the rover landed. Spirit landed in the 100-mile-wide Gusev Crater in 2004 and scientists have...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'