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2014-05-22 12:40:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online History is filled with accounts of man introducing alien species into a new ecosystem, so a new report coming from Nature News should come as no surprise – the Curiosity rover may have introduced microbes into its surrounding environment on Mars. The Nature report mentioned a study presented at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Boston that discovered that the 377 strains of bacteria found on the...

Low Density Supersonic Decelerator
2014-05-18 02:55:42

NASA NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. This experimental flight test is designed to investigate breakthrough technologies that will benefit future Mars missions, including those involving human exploration. Three weeks of testing, simulations and rehearsals are planned before the first launch opportunity on the morning of...

windjana drill hole at night
2014-05-16 04:00:30

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Portions of powdered rock collected by drilling into a sandstone target last week have been delivered to laboratory instruments inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, and the rover will soon drive on toward its long-term destination on a mountain slope. Other instruments on the rover have inspected the rock's interior exposed in the hole and in drill cuttings heaped around the hole. The target rock, "Windjana," is a sandstone slab within a...

curiosity drilling windjana
2014-05-07 06:01:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity Rover has drilled into a slab of Martian sandstone from which portions of rock powder will be delivered into the rover's internal instruments. Early Tuesday, Curiosity rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received confirmation of the rover's third successful acquisition of a drilled rock sample from the target rock "Windjana." Created by Curiosity's hammering drill, the new hole is 0.63 inch...

Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target Windjana
2014-05-01 08:55:24

UPDATE: May 1, 2014 (9:00AM CDT) NASA's Curiosity Mars rover performed a "mini-drill" operation Tuesday, April 29, on the rock target under consideration for the mission's third sample-collection drilling. This preparatory activity produced a hole about eight-tenths of an inch (2 centimeters) deep, as planned, in the target called "Windjana." The rover team plans to decide whether to proceed with deeper drilling of this rock in coming days. Guy Webster, NASA The team operating...

Windjana
2014-04-28 04:13:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Curiosity spent this weekend using several of its instruments to inspect a sandstone slab that could become the third drilled rock of the Mars rover’s mission, and the first to consist of something other than mudstone. However, the rock, which NASA scientists have dubbed Windjana in honor of a gorge in Western Australia, must first meet a series of criteria established by the mission’s engineers, the US space agency said in a...

asteroids seen from mars surface
2014-04-25 05:47:16

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta. These two -- the largest and third-largest bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- are the destinations of NASA's Dawn mission.  Dawn orbited Vesta in 2011 and 2012, and is on its way to begin orbiting Ceres next year. Ceres is a dwarf planet, as well as an asteroid. Ceres and Vesta...

Martian Meteorites Offer Evidence Of Early Atmosphere On Red Planet
2014-04-17 06:47:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Martian meteorites that fell to Earth are revealing secrets of an early atmosphere on Mars that is hidden in the chemical signatures of each ancient rock. Geologists, who collected and studied 40 of these otherworldly rocks, have found an important key to how the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged very early in the evolution of the Solar System. The results of this study, published in the journal Nature, will help guide...

Curiosity Mars rover tracks
2014-04-17 04:57:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Curiosity science team is analyzing the rock layer surrounding the base of a 16-foot-high butte known as “Mount Remarkable” to determine whether or not the region is a good candidate for investigation using tools on the robotic arm on the Mars rover, NASA announced Wednesday. The rock layer surrounding the base of Mount Remarkable has been dubbed “the middle unit” by scientists because of its location between rocks...

2014-04-16 23:02:29

Data will help scientists read Curiosity Mars rover samples for signs of life, says UMD coauthor of study published today in Nature. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 17 in the journal Nature, shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways very early in the 4.6 billion year...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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