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Mars Rover Approaches New Waypoint
2013-09-10 16:14:24

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover At A New Point On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has reached a new waypoint on the surface of Mars where scientists plan to use the high-tech vehicle for a close-up study. The patch of exposed bedrock sits in an area informally called "Panorama Point," and was selected as one of five waypoints along the rover's route southwestward from the Glenelg area. Waypoint 1 lies about one-fifth of the way...

NASA Developing TextureCam Smart Camera System
2013-09-09 19:22:06

[ Watch the Video: Smart Cameras For Future Mars Rovers ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online As urgent as interplanetary exploration might seem, NASA must deal with a significant communication delay that acts as a bottleneck between robotic explorers like the Curiosity rover on Mars and scientists here on Earth. To help address that problem, a team of scientists based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. have developed a new camera...

Image Of The Mars Rover 10 Years After Launch
2013-07-18 13:53:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory An image from Mars orbit taken 10 years after the launch of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the long-lived rover on its trek to a new destination on Mars. The color image taken July 8, 2013, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter catches Opportunity crossing relatively level ground called "Botany Bay" on its way to a rise called "Solander Point." The image is...

Curiosity Rover Travels Over One Kilometer
2013-07-17 13:03:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Following its latest drive, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity surpassed the one kilometer milestone in distance traveled since it landed on the Red Planet, officials from the US space agency have announced. The latest journey covered approximately 38 meters or 125 feet, bringing the total distance traveled by the rover to 1.029 kilometers or 3,376 feet, NASA said. The drive was completed during the early afternoon hours...

Curiosity Completes Third Drive, Covers 135 Feet In One Day
2013-07-13 07:32:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday, July 9, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet. This was the third drive of a journey of many months from the "Glenelg" area to Mount Sharp. The mission finished its investigation of science targets in the Glenelg area last week. Glenelg is about 500 yards east of Curiosity's landing site. The next major destination for Curiosity is at the lower layers of Mount Sharp, approximately 5 miles southwest of Glenelg. The...

2013-07-09 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The 154-page document was prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team, which NASA appointed in January to outline...

Mars Rover Curiosity Heads Toward Mount Sharp
2013-07-09 09:35:45

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory With drives on July 4 and July 7, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has departed its last science target in the "Glenelg" area and commenced a many-month overland journey to the base of the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp. The rover finished close-up investigation of a target sedimentary outcrop called "Shaler" last week. On July 4, it drove 59 feet (18 meters) away from Shaler. On July 7, a second drive added another 131 feet (40 meters) on the trip...

Testing Mars Lasers In Desert
2013-06-25 10:18:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Looking for the closest representation of otherworldly environments on Earth? Look no further than the Atacama desert. It covers a large strip of the Pacific coast west of the Andes, spanning four South American countries. One swath of this desert found in Chile is commonly compared to the Martian surface and has been used by NASA to test tools designed to search for life in a harsh environment. Now, scientists from Washington...

Winners Of 2012 George M. Low Award Announced By NASA
2013-06-24 07:53:58

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA's premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San Diego in the small business award category. ATA Engineering Inc. was involved in the Mars...

Evidence Of Non-Acidic Water Discovered By Mars Rover Opportunity
2013-06-09 08:10:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online NASA´s Opportunity rover has discovered new evidence that Mars was once a planet capable of supporting life — a rock which appears to be rich in clays formed in non-acidic water, the US space agency announced Friday. According to Kenneth Chang of the New York Times, the rock discovered by the older of the two currently operational Mars rovers is approximately the size of a human forearm. The rover used its...