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Curiosity Takes Sharpest Images Yet Of Solar Eclipse On Mars
2013-08-29 11:20:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said its Curiosity rover has taken the sharpest image of a solar eclipse ever taken on Mars. The Martian rover was able to snap an image of Phobos, the largest of Mars' moons, passing in front of the sun. Curiosity snapped a set of three frames, taken three seconds apart using its Mast Camera (Mastcam). The rover took a break from driving on August 17, 2013 in order to record the event. The images are the first full-resolution...

NASA Hands Autonomous Navigation Reins Over To Curiosity For Trip To Mount Sharp
2013-08-28 11:39:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover already has a year under its belt of driving on the surface of the Red Planet, but the Martian explorer is just now using its autonomous navigation for the first time. The latest addition to the rover gives Curiosity the capability to decide for itself how to drive safely across Mars. Autonomous navigation will help the rover cover the remaining ground en route to Mount Sharp, where NASA plans to investigate...

2013-08-20 23:19:43

Iridescent, a science and engineering education non-profit, announced the Gravity Design Challenge, a STEM-based contest for teens, in conjunction with the Warner Bros. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2013 Iridescent, a science and engineering education non-profit, announced the Gravity Design Challenge, a STEM-based contest for teens, in conjunction with the Warner Bros. Pictures release of GRAVITY, starring Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, in theaters...

Mars Curiosity's First Year: Watch Live Talk Online
2013-08-15 08:44:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Are you ready for some science? No matter where you are, you can join us online for a live public talk from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT) about the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars. This talk will revisit the dramatic, nail-biting landing and some of the mission's top science results. The speaker is JPL's Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist for the Mars Science...

New Precision Landing Software Being Tested By JPL, Masten
2013-08-13 07:22:18

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight-control algorithm that could allow for even more precise, pinpoint landings of future Martian spacecraft. Flight testing of the new Fuel Optimal Large Divert Guidance algorithm - G-FOLD for short - for planetary pinpoint landing is being conducted jointly by JPL engineers in cooperation with...

Mars Rover Curiosity Ends First Year On Mars, Prepares For Year Two
2013-08-04 04:49:35

[ Watch the Video: Twelve Months in Two Minutes - Curiosity's First Year on Mars ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online This week marks the one-year anniversary of the NASA Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars, and the start of its search for evidence suggesting that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting microbial life. Curiosity, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in November 2011, touched down in Gale Crater on...

Curiosity Rover Longest Drive To Date
2013-07-24 10:05:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In its continuing mission to survey Mars, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drove its farthest distance ever on Sunday, the space agency said. NASA engineers took advantage of the rover's previous high vantage point to take Curiosity out for a spin at the start of its 340th Martian day, or sol. The Curiosity team said they will begin using the rover's automatic navigation, or "autonav," program to trace a path across the landscape and drive...

Mars Atmosphere
2013-07-18 16:00:41

[ Watch the Video: Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has helped bring in some new insights about how Mars lost its original atmosphere. Scientists believe the original Martian atmosphere was much thicker than it is today, leading many to wonder how it became so thin. The Mars Curiosity laboratory has provided some clues into this mystery, which scientists recently reported about in the journal Science....

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...


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