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Mars Rocks Similar To Mexican Ones
2012-10-29 18:42:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of researchers is claiming gypsum rocks found at Cuatro Ciénegas in Mexico are similar to those NASA's Curiosity rover is sitting at on Mars. The team analyzed the bacterial communities that have survived after fire and water forged the rocks millions of years ago. "Cuatro Ciénegas is extraordinarily similar to Mars. As well as the Gale crater where Curiosity is currently located on its...

2012-10-27 09:04:55

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater. The Mars Science Laboratory Project and its Curiosity rover are almost three months into a two-year prime mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial life. For teleconference dial-in information, reporters must send their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Elena Mejia...

2012-10-26 15:20:18

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Mars Science Laboratory Project and its Curiosity rover are almost three months into a two-year prime mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial life. For...

Martian Soil Delivered To Curiosity For Analysis
2012-10-19 04:30:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity has taken in its first Martian soil sample into its laboratory on board in search for extraterrestrial life on Mars. The sample is being analyzed inside the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument to determine what minerals the soil sample contains. "We are crossing a significant threshold for this mission by using CheMin on its first sample," according to Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger of the...

NASA's Curiosity Rover To Analyze Third Scoop Of Martian Soil
2012-10-18 11:42:07

[Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Report Oct. 12, 2012] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said that they have discarded Curiosity's second scoop it has taken of Martian soil, and were planning to gather a third scoop earlier this week on Sol 69 (Oct. 15, 2012). Curiosity has taken on archaeological studies over at a site named "Rocknest," where it dug up its first sample of Martian soil on Sol 61 (Oct. 7). It collected its second scoopful on Sol 66...

2012-10-17 11:51:28

NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 18, about the latest status of the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover is 10 weeks into a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial life. For teleconference dial-in information, reporters must send their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Elena Mejia at elena.mejia@jpl.nasa.gov or call NASA's Jet Propulsion...

UT Austin Has Been Selected As Research And Education Partner By NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2012-10-17 11:41:04

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected The University of Texas at Austin for its Strategic University Research Partnership program – a federally funded program focused on advancing space exploration. The partnership will enable the university and JPL researchers to propose collaborative research and educational projects in strategic focus areas such as robotics, nanosatellites and high-precision mapping. The program also creates an employment pipeline for JPL's future...

2012-10-16 19:20:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 18, about the latest status of the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover is 10 weeks into a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial life. For teleconference dial-in information, reporters must send their name, media...

Martian Meteorite Reveals Atmospheric Secrets
2012-10-12 04:47:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers is examining a meteorite that landed 14 months ago in the Moroccan desert for information about Mars. Traces of the Martian atmosphere were trapped in the Tissint meteorite, according to the study led by the University of Alberta. “Our team matched traces of gases found inside the Tissint meteorite with samples of Mars´ atmosphere collected in 1976 by Viking, NASA´s Mars lander...

2012-10-11 15:20:32

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first Martian rock NASA's Curiosity rover has reached out to touch presents a more varied composition than expected from previous missions. The rock also resembles some unusual rocks from Earth's interior. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The rover team used two instruments on Curiosity to study the chemical makeup of the football-size rock called "Jake Matijevic." The results support some...