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Science Investigations Resumed By Curiosity
2013-03-26 11:33:56

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed science investigations after recovery from a computer glitch that prompted the engineers to switch the rover to a redundant main computer on Feb. 28. The rover has been monitoring the weather since March 21 and delivered a new portion of powdered-rock sample for laboratory analysis on March 23, among other activities. "We are back to full science operations," said Curiosity Deputy Project Manager Jim Erickson of...

Mars Rover ChemCam Sees Patterns In Martian Rocks
2013-03-20 04:44:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Nina Lanza announced at the 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas that Curiosity's ChemCam laser could be offering some detailed inside information about the Red Planet's surface. NASA's Curiosity rover has a laser-shooting instrument onboard known as the ChemCam, which is used to vaporize a pinpoint of rock surface. The instrument is able to...

Curiosity Active Again After Entering 'Safe Mode' Again Over Weekend
2013-03-19 18:46:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Curiosity has been having a bit of trouble on Mars lately with its software, and yesterday NASA announced its prized rover entered "safe mode" again after more glitches had occurred. The space agency said its engineers worked to diagnose the software issue that prompted the rover to put itself into the precautionary standby status over the weekend. Curiosity is now back to active status and is on track to resume its science...

The Red Planet May Have Once Been Blue: Curiosity Finds More Evidence Of Water
2013-03-18 15:08:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced last week about how its Curiosity rover has found evidence for ancient environmental conditions favorable for life, and today a team has expanded on those findings. Scientists said during a news briefing at the Lunar Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas about how Curiosity found evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it found clay minerals inside a drilled rock. Using...

Over 40,000 Shots Provided By Laser Instrument Aboard Curiosity
2013-03-18 10:36:22

Los Alamos National Laboratory Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team will present more than two dozen posters and talks next week during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. “ChemCam has performed flawlessly in its first six months, providing more than a gigabyte of exciting new information about the Red Planet,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the...

Moon, Mars Science Conference Events Streamed Live
2013-03-18 10:21:29

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Curiosity and lunar GRAIL missions, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will be among those discussed during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on March 18 to 22. Science briefings for Curiosity and GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) will be streamed live by JPL on Ustream, as follows: --Mars Curiosity: Monday, March 18, 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), online at...

South By Southwest Interactive Award Landed By Mars Curiosity
2013-03-14 10:02:32

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The down-to-Earth persona of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, expressed on Twitter, Facebook, live streaming on Ustream, viral videos and the first Foursquare check-in from another planet, has captured the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Award for best social media campaign. The award, presented last night at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, honors the Mars Curiosity social media campaign for turning NASA's newest Mars rover into an...

Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington DC. “The Current Achievement winner can be summarized in two words: sky crane,” said a museum press release describing the award. “This phrase embodied the audacious plan that the Entry, Descent,...

Curiosity Finds Hard Evidence For Ancient Life On Mars
2013-03-12 13:03:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New results from Curiosity's drilling on Mars are in, and NASA experts say they indicate that the Red Planet once had conditions hospitable to life. NASA announced today that the powder that Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock on Mars showed the presence of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — all of which are key chemical ingredients for life. "A fundamental question for this mission is...


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