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Mars Atmosphere
2013-07-18 16:00:41

[ Watch the Video: Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has helped bring in some new insights about how Mars lost its original atmosphere. Scientists believe the original Martian atmosphere was much thicker than it is today, leading many to wonder how it became so thin. The Mars Curiosity laboratory has provided some clues into this mystery, which scientists recently reported about in the journal Science....

Curiosity Rover Travels Over One Kilometer
2013-07-17 13:03:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Following its latest drive, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity surpassed the one kilometer milestone in distance traveled since it landed on the Red Planet, officials from the US space agency have announced. The latest journey covered approximately 38 meters or 125 feet, bringing the total distance traveled by the rover to 1.029 kilometers or 3,376 feet, NASA said. The drive was completed during the early afternoon hours...

Curiosity Completes Third Drive, Covers 135 Feet In One Day
2013-07-13 07:32:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday, July 9, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet. This was the third drive of a journey of many months from the "Glenelg" area to Mount Sharp. The mission finished its investigation of science targets in the Glenelg area last week. Glenelg is about 500 yards east of Curiosity's landing site. The next major destination for Curiosity is at the lower layers of Mount Sharp, approximately 5 miles southwest of Glenelg. The...

NASA’s iROC To Use Lasers To Speed Deep Space Communications
2013-07-09 17:59:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With so many far-flung devices still transmitting data back to Earth, NASA scientists said they are working on a system that could be described as part extraterrestrial GPS, part wireless router. The Integrated Radio and Optical Communications project, or iROC, at NASA's Glenn Research Center is being designed to improve the speed and efficiency of data transmission back to Earth via a Mars-orbiting relay station. After receiving...

2013-07-09 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The 154-page document was prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team, which NASA appointed in January to outline...

NASA Releases Details 2020 Mars Mission
2013-07-09 15:28:02

[ Watch the Video: Proposed 2020 Mars Rover Science Goals ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just last year NASA made an historic landing on the Red Planet with the most advanced rover ever built, Curiosity. Now, the space agency has unveiled plans for a rover in 2020 to extend its reach for Mars even further. NASA released a 154-page document on Tuesday detailing the Mars 2020 mission to look for signs of past life, collect samples to potentially return to Earth,...

Mars Rover Curiosity Heads Toward Mount Sharp
2013-07-09 09:35:45

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory With drives on July 4 and July 7, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has departed its last science target in the "Glenelg" area and commenced a many-month overland journey to the base of the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp. The rover finished close-up investigation of a target sedimentary outcrop called "Shaler" last week. On July 4, it drove 59 feet (18 meters) away from Shaler. On July 7, a second drive added another 131 feet (40 meters) on the trip...

Tenth Anniversary Of NASA Opportunity Launch Arrives Next Week
2013-07-02 08:15:19

[ Watch the Video: Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has been celebrating several key anniversary dates recently. In April, the space agency celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first satellite in space. In May, it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the country's first space station: Skylab. And just last month, NASA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first American woman in space: Sally Ride. In the marking of...

Winners Of 2012 George M. Low Award Announced By NASA
2013-06-24 07:53:58

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA's premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San Diego in the small business award category. ATA Engineering Inc. was involved in the Mars...

2013-06-19 23:24:05

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) continues to ignite excitement by exploring the Solar System. (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 When Explorer 1, built by NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), launched into orbit in 1958 successfully marking the United States´ first entry into space, America´s excitement for space exploration was ignited and it has been exploring ever since. For over 50 years, JPL has continued to explore the solar system, other stars and galaxies, and even Earth...