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mars landscape curiosity
2014-03-26 04:37:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have designed a simulation chamber that could be used to help prepare for missions to Mars. A team from Centro de Astrobiología, INTA-CSIC, and Instituto de Ciencias de Materials de Madrid created “MARTE” to test out new electromechanical gear for potential Red Planet missions. The vacuum chamber is able to mimic the conditions on Mars, including the planet’s Martian dust. Scientists believe Mars may have once, or...

2014-03-25 12:21:17

Researchers in Spain have designed a vacuum chamber capable of mimicking conditions on Mars to test gear for use in future missions WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red Planet." They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, which is specially designed to mimic conditions on the fourth planet from the sun -- right...

Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion
2014-03-25 06:30:10

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Variations in the stuff that cements grains together in sandstone have shaped the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and could be a study topic at the mission's next science waypoint. On a journey with many months yet to go toward prime destinations on the lower slope of Mount Sharp, Curiosity is approaching a site called "the Kimberley." Scientists on the team picked this location last year as a likely place to pause for...

mars striations
2014-02-27 12:04:34

NASA NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has reached an area where orbital images had piqued researchers' interest in patches of ground with striations all oriented in a similar direction. A close-up look at some of the striations from the rover's Navigation Camera gains extra drama by including Mount Sharp in the background. The lower slopes of that layered mountain are the mission's long-term science destination. The foreground rocks are in an outcrop called "Junda," which the rover passed...

curiosity looks back
2014-02-20 11:08:34

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the rover covered 329 feet (100.3 meters), the mission's first long trek that used reverse driving and its farthest one-day advance of any kind in more than three months. The reverse drive validated feasibility of a technique developed with testing on Earth to lessen damage to...

curiosity tracks across dune
2014-02-12 07:45:08

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge. The rover covered 135 feet (41.1 meters) on Feb. 9, in its first drive since the 23-foot (7-meter) crossing of the dune on Feb. 6. That put Curiosity's total odometry since its August 2012 landing at 3.09 miles (4.97 kilometers). An animated sequence of images from the low-slung Hazard-Avoidance Camera...

2014-02-10 12:23:26

Thought leaders in science, technology, civilization and the human spirit gather for Curiosity Retreats before an exclusive audience in Colorado during May 18-23 and July 20-25, 2014 to share leading-edge knowledge available online to the Curiosity Club. SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine the progress and innovation we could achieve if we never lost our curiosity about the world around us - possibilities would remain limitless. John Hendricks founded the...

Mars Rover Curiosity Captures Image Of 'Evening Star' Earth
2014-02-07 08:54:15

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. New images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover show Earth shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky. The rover's view of its original home planet even includes our moon, just below Earth. The images, taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover's 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014) are available at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17936 for a broad scene of the evening sky, and at...

NASA Curiosity Team Looks For Safer Route To Mount Sharp
2014-01-30 06:39:31

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Looking For A Safer Route ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A NASA team is currently considering an alternate route for Mars rover Curiosity’s trek toward Mount Sharp after considerable wheel damage has occurred over much of the last year. In a new image of the terrain that lies ahead for Curiosity, a small sand dune may make for a favorable route for the team. The thinking is that Curiosity may be able to avoid some rough...

2014-01-21 16:20:27

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine the best combination of...


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