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curiosity looks back
2014-02-20 11:08:34

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the rover covered 329 feet (100.3 meters), the mission's first long trek that used reverse driving and its farthest one-day advance of any kind in more than three months. The reverse drive validated feasibility of a technique developed with testing on Earth to lessen damage to...

2014-02-14 16:21:32

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Only about 1.5 inches wide (4 centimeters), the white-rimmed, red-centered rock caused a stir last month when it appeared in an image the...

curiosity tracks across dune
2014-02-12 07:45:08

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge. The rover covered 135 feet (41.1 meters) on Feb. 9, in its first drive since the 23-foot (7-meter) crossing of the dune on Feb. 6. That put Curiosity's total odometry since its August 2012 landing at 3.09 miles (4.97 kilometers). An animated sequence of images from the low-slung Hazard-Avoidance Camera...

Mars Rover Curiosity Captures Image Of 'Evening Star' Earth
2014-02-07 08:54:15

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. New images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover show Earth shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky. The rover's view of its original home planet even includes our moon, just below Earth. The images, taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover's 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014) are available at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17936 for a broad scene of the evening sky, and at...

NASA Curiosity Team Looks For Safer Route To Mount Sharp
2014-01-30 06:39:31

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Looking For A Safer Route ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A NASA team is currently considering an alternate route for Mars rover Curiosity’s trek toward Mount Sharp after considerable wheel damage has occurred over much of the last year. In a new image of the terrain that lies ahead for Curiosity, a small sand dune may make for a favorable route for the team. The thinking is that Curiosity may be able to avoid some rough...

Controversial Scientist Sues NASA For Not Investigating Alien Life
2014-01-29 13:01:01

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week, NASA released images from its Mars rover Opportunity of a strange looking rock that was not in pictures taken weeks earlier of the same swath of Martian surface. The “sudden” appearance of the rock spurred speculation that the rock was in fact an alien life form. While, NASA quickly dismissed speculation by saying the rock was simply kicked out by one of Opportunity’s wheels or knocked toward the rover by a nearby...

2014-01-24 08:20:19

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) In this week's edition of the journal Science, Opportunity Deputy Principal Investigator Ray Arvidson, a professor at...

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Finds New Evidence Of Ancient Wet Environment
2014-01-24 05:45:59

Dwayne Brown/Guy Webster/NASA New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously. In this week's edition of the journal Science, Opportunity Deputy Principal Investigator Ray Arvidson, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, writes in detail about the discoveries made by the...

2014-01-21 16:20:45

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later. NASA will reflect on the rover's work in a news conference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Thursday, Jan. 23. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The event will originate from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., and be carried live on NASA Television and...

2014-01-21 16:20:27

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine the best combination of...


Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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