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Curiosity Rover Drills For A Second Time On Martian Rock
2013-05-20 14:39:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A little more than three months ago NASA´s Curiosity rover drilled into the Martian surface for the first time, collecting a sample from a rock called “John Klein.” On Sunday, Curiosity was at it again, this time drilling into the “Cumberland” rock. Portions of the drill sample should be delivered to Curiosity´s onboard laboratory for further analysis in the coming days, according to a NASA...

NASA, US Air Force Need More Robust Spaceflight Processors
2013-05-16 14:00:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA and the US Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory said they are looking for four companies to research and develop high-performance spaceflight computing capabilities. The new Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program seeks to find companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced, space-based applications that would use spaceflight processors for the 2020 to 2030 time frame. NASA decided to join the Air...

Curiosity Rover Makes Second Drill In Martian Rock
2013-05-10 11:37:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a month without contact with their rover, the Mars Curiosity team has selected their next target for drilling: a flat rock called Cumberland. According to a NASA statement, Cumberland is about nine feet west of Curiosity's first drilling target, a Martian stone they've dubbed John Klein. In February, Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on Mars from that rock. An on-board analysis of John Klein found signs of an...

NASA Curiosity Rover Receives Prestigious Awards
2013-05-10 07:52:58

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will present its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at an event in Arlington, Va., Thursday night. At an event in Washington on...

Wind, Not Water Formed Mount Sharp Within Mars' Gale Crater
2013-05-06 16:00:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at Princeton University and the Caltech believe that Mount Sharp on Mars was formed by wind, not water. NASA's Curiosity rover is sitting on Mars right now looking for signs of past life. The space agency chose Mount Sharp at the massive Gale Crater for its primary mission because of how eclectic the area is, potentially providing answers to questions regarding Mars' past. Mount Sharp is a roughly 3.5-mile high...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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