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Mars Curiosity Rover - A Look Back At 2013
2013-12-20 04:35:50

[ Watch the Video: Looking Back AT A Productive Year For Curiosity Rover ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a new year around the corner, redOrbit decided to take a look back at NASA’s most-prized rover’s accomplishments over the past year, looking at everything from breakthrough discoveries in Martian soil samples to Curiosity’s 100,00th laser shot. Over the past year, Mars exploration has made the biggest headlines, particularly due to NASA’s...

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory To Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology
2013-12-18 06:35:49

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. The goal of the challenging technology, led by JPL, is to enable a future mission to Mars or other planetary bodies that uses heavier spacecraft and lands them at locations that were previously not achievable. The...

Mars Rock Dating Analysis
2013-12-13 10:15:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While scientists have analyzed the age of rock samples from other planetary bodies before, the work has always been performed on Earth. Now, an international team of scientists has announced the first-ever geological analysis of a rock sample performed on another celestial body – Mars. According to a report in the journal Science Express, the on-planet analysis could lead to a greater understanding of Mars’ geologic history and the...

Mars Surface Radiation Suitable Manned Mission
2013-12-10 15:24:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Newly released data from the Curiosity rover indicate that Martian radiation levels are very close to being acceptable for future manned missions to the surface of the Red Planet. While the Curiosity rover spent its first 300 days cruising around the planet’s Gale Crater gathering soil samples and examining rock structures, the onboard Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) was making detailed recording of the radiation found on the...

Ancient Martian Lake May Have Supported Microbial Life
2013-12-09 12:40:55

[ Watch the Video: Evidence Of Ancient Lake Found Within Gale Crater ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A crater found on Mars is actually an ancient lake bed that could have contained the proper conditions to have supported life on the Red Planet, according to a new finding by NASA’s Curiosity rover. NASA scientists announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Monday that they have discovered the fossil remains of a lake inside Gale...

NASA Runs Three Mass Spectrometers In Three Different Places In Space
2013-12-06 17:21:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA said that three of its instruments built at the Goddard Space Flight Center were all running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space. The mass spectrometers are designed to take in atmospheric, rock or soil samples and identify particular molecules in them. The instruments help identify gases in atmospheric samples or gases that get released from rock or soil samples as they are processed. “At the...

Curiosity Rover Fires Over 100,000 Laser Shots To Date
2013-12-06 04:10:51

[ Watch the Video: Laser-Zapping Milestone For A 'Curious' Rover ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has fired the shot heard round the solar system — 100,000 shots, to be exact. The rover has fired the laser it uses as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils 100,000 times. One of a series of 300 used to investigate 10 locations on a rock called "Ithaca," the 100,00th shot took place this past October. The...

Curiosity Returns To Normal Voltage Levels, Resumes Regular Duties
2013-11-26 11:16:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending nearly a week trying to diagnose why NASA’s Curiosity rover experienced a “soft short,” engineers gave the all clear for the Martian vehicle to resume duties on November 23. NASA said the decision to resume scientific activities resulted from successful work by engineers in diagnosing the likely cause of the Nov. 17 change in voltage Curiosity experienced. The space agency maintained that the voltage issue caused...


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