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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...

mars rover curiosity
2013-09-07 03:45:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most people have someone they know who has a job they are a little envious of, but there are few people in this world who have careers that even some of the most coveted positioned people envy — driving a rover on Mars. Last year, NASA landed its fourth rover on Mars and kickstarted a mission that would unveil more about the Red Planet than ever before. This rover has provided incredible imagery of our neighboring planet, and has...

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...


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