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Curiosity Begins Exploring Yellowknife Bay
2012-12-20 04:50:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover began exploring "Yellowknife Bay" on Mars this week, helping to provide information to researchers about which rock to drill. Researchers will use Curiosity's percussive drill to collect a sample from the interior of a rock, which is another new feat for the Martian rover. After the powdered-rock sample is sieved and portioned by a sample processing mechanism on the rover's arm, it will be analyzed by...

NASA's Curiosity Can Find Its Position With Martian Eclipses
2012-12-13 17:59:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers say that if Curiosity ever loses its location on the surface of Mars, it could use eclipses to help it find its way. Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) have developed a method for helping Curiosity find its way around Mars by using Martian moons. "Observing these events offers an independent method for determining the coordinates of Curiosity," Gonzalo Barderas, researcher at UCM and...

NASA Highlights In 2012: Historical Year For Space Exploration
2012-12-13 17:03:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The year 2012 has proved to be a historic one on the space exploration front, with many accomplishments across the board at NASA. During the past year, the space agency landed the most sophisticated rover on Mars, carried out the first commercial mission to the International Space Station, and work has gone underway for NASA's next generation spacecraft and rocket. After surfing through space for nearly nine months,...

2012-12-12 16:20:37

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2012, NASA continued to implement America's ambitious space exploration program, landing the most sophisticated rover on the surface of Mars, carrying out the first-ever commercial mission to the International Space Station and advancing the systems needed to send humans deeper into space. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "NASA achieved historic milestones this year landing the most sophisticated rover on...

Curiosity Takes Self Portrait At Rocknest
2012-12-12 12:26:59

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover's Arm Movements for Taking a Self-Portrait ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released an image that the talented Mars Curiosity rover has taken, featuring itself with a Martian background. The self-portrait was taken with Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), which captured dozens of high-resolution images to create the picture. The image shows the rover at "Rocknest," which is the spot in Gale Crater where...

NASA Plans New Mars Rover For 2020, Human Exploration By 2030s
2012-12-05 08:08:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Building on the huge success of the Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity mission and its past Spirit and Opportunity missions, NASA is making new plans to send a new rover to the Red Planet in 2020. And if all goes as planned, NASA said it also wants to put astronauts in orbit around Mars by the 2030s, highlighting a call for human space exploration outlined by President Barack Obama. NASA said the cost of a rover mission fits...

Opportunity Takes A Walkabout
2012-12-04 20:32:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Though it may be hard to remember from time to time, NASA currently has 2 rovers meandering on the surface of Mars. The newest of the 2 rovers, Curiosity, famously landed on the surface of Mars this summer, but Opportunity has been scooting alone on Mars for nearly 9 years now. Today, NASA announced that Opportunity has just completed a walkabout of an area where scientists believe water might have once existed. "If you are a...

2012-12-04 16:21:55

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building on the success of Curiosity's Red Planet landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020. This announcement affirms the agency's commitment to a bold exploration program that meets our nation's scientific and human exploration objectives. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The Obama administration is committed to a...

2012-12-03 12:21:52

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity's arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Detection of the substances during...

Mars Rover Finds Organic Compounds
2012-12-03 12:50:16

[ Video 1 ] | Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has finally opened up its tightly sealed lips and said that its Curiosity rover has found evidence of simple organic compounds on Mars. NASA announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco today that its Mars Curiosity rover has completed its first analysis of Martian soil, finding a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. The space agency said its Curiosity rover has found...