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Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
2014-07-17 04:00:42

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flashes appear on a baseball-size Martian rock in a series of images taken Saturday, July 12 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. The flashes occurred while the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument fired multiple laser shots to investigate the rock's composition. ChemCam's laser has zapped more than 600 rock and soil targets on Mars since Curiosity landed in the planet's Gale...

lebanon meteorite
2014-07-16 05:28:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Since its safe landing in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been busily carrying out its assigned tasks and making new discoveries. Yesterday, NASA released a new image from the intrepid little rover in which it shows an iron meteorite encountered on its travels. The meteorite, dubbed "Lebanon," is similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity....

NASA Mars Orbiter Sees Rover Crossing Into New Zone
2014-07-09 03:18:30

Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Mars rover Curiosity has driven out of the ellipse, approximately 4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers), that was mapped as safe terrain for its 2012 landing inside Gale Crater. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the rover on June 27 at the end of a drive that put Curiosity right on the ellipse boundary. The landing ellipse is the...

StarTiger's Dropship Offers Safe Landings For Mars Rovers
2014-07-04 03:02:35

[ Watch The Video: Dropship Offers Safe Landings For Mars Rovers ] ESA The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger’s Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating a European precision-landing capability for Mars and other targets. The Skycrane that lowered NASA’s Curiosity rover onto Mars showed the potential of this...

NASA Holds Special Day For Women Working On Curiosity Team
2014-06-27 07:43:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In recent years, there has been a push to encourage girls and young women to become interested in the STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. To further this aim, and celebrate the anniversary of the Mars rover Curiosity completing its first Martian year this week (687 Earth days), NASA and the Curiosity team planned a special staffing day on June 26th. Each day that Curiosity spends on Mars requires several dozen...

Curiosity Currently Traveling Through Ancient Glaciers On Mars
2014-06-26 03:13:27

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology 3,500 million years ago the Martian crater Gale, through which the NASA rover Curiosity is currently traversing, was covered with glaciers, mainly over its central mound. Very cold liquid water also flowed through its rivers and lakes on the lower-lying areas, forming landscapes similar to those which can be found in Iceland or Alaska. This is reflected in an analysis of the images taken by the spacecraft orbiting the red planet....

curiosity self portrait at windjana
2014-06-24 04:55:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Curiosity is wrapping up its first Martian year on the surface of the Red Planet today, marking a successful 687 Earth days having already accomplished its primary goal by determining that the world was once home to conditions capable of supporting living microbes. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover touched down in August 2012, a journey that lasted over 350 million miles and culminated in a soft landing in the northern...

2014-06-23 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO One of Curiosity's first major findings after landing on the Red Planet in August 2012 was an ancient riverbed at its landing site. Nearby, at an...

mars 2020 rover
2014-06-20 12:20:16

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the agency's proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO During the comment period, NASA will host an online public meeting from 1-3 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 26, at: https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/mars2020 The meeting site...

mars sees mercury transit
2014-06-11 09:14:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Observers on Earth have tracked Venus and Mercury crossing the face of the Sun countless times, but the phenomenon has never been observed from another planet – until now. On Tuesday, NASA announced that its Curiosity Rover had captured the first-ever observations of Mercury moving across the face of the Sun – also called a planetary transit – using its two-eyed Mast Camera (MastCam). "This is a nod to the relevance of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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