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Curiosity Busy As A Bee On The Red Planet Since Launch A Year Ago
2012-11-27 11:09:29

[WATCH VIDEO: Curiosity Headed To Mars] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Monday (Nov 26) marked the one year anniversary since Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft was launched carrying NASA´s next-generation Mars Curiosity rover. After more than 7 months on a journey to the Red Planet, Curiosity touched down on August 6, 2012 in what has been referred to as “seven minutes of terror.” In the 16 weeks since its landing in the Gale Crater on...

2012-11-01 05:57:13

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Friday, Nov. 2, to provide an update on Curiosity's studies of the Martian atmosphere. The Mars Science Laboratory Project and its Curiosity rover are about three months into a two-year prime mission to investigate whether conditions in Mars' Gale Crater may have been favorable for microbial life. For teleconference dial-in information, reporters must send their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Elena Mejia...

2012-10-30 15:20:31

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to obtain the results, which are filling...

2012-10-11 15:20:32

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first Martian rock NASA's Curiosity rover has reached out to touch presents a more varied composition than expected from previous missions. The rock also resembles some unusual rocks from Earth's interior. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The rover team used two instruments on Curiosity to study the chemical makeup of the football-size rock called "Jake Matijevic." The results support some...

Mars Rover Ready To Get Its Hand Dirty
2012-10-04 15:14:31

[ Watch the Video: Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced today that its Curiosity rover is at a place on the Red Planet where it can scoop up its first soil for analysis. The rover is gearing up to show off its ability to put soil samples into analytical instruments, which is a crucial part of its mission to search for whether Mars has ever had conditions favorable for life. A mineral analysis could reveal past...

Curiosity Checks In On Mars
2012-10-03 20:48:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some use the popular Foursquare mobile application to gloat about places they may be, whether on vacation or just eating lunch, but one location check-in puts all the others to shame. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using Foursquare, setting a new bar for cool places to check in. This is the first time there has been a check-in on another planet, and Curiosity has joined Foursquare to allow users to...

2012-10-03 10:20:19

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare. This marks the first check-in on another planet. Users on Foursquare can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "NASA is using Foursquare as a tool to share the rover's new locations while...

Mars Rover Opportunity To Study New Blueberries
2012-09-30 05:39:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While it seems like Curiosity is the one getting all the headlines these days, NASA's "other" Mars rover, Opportunity, is still alive and well -- and en route to a new site to study the composition and internal structures of small spherical objects similar to the iron-rich ones previously discovered at its landing site. The new spherical objects are "reminiscent of, but different from, the iron-rich spheres nicknamed 'blueberries'...

2012-09-14 10:21:24

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" the rover found at its landing site in early 2004 and at many other locations to date. Opportunity is...

Arm Tests Nearly Complete For Mars Rover Curiosity
2012-09-13 07:48:17

NASA's Mars Curiosity team has almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock. Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm's precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions. During these activities, Curiosity has remained at a site it reached by its most recent drive on Sept. 5. The team will resume driving the rover this week and use its cameras to seek the...