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2013-06-19 23:02:34

NASA´s First Billion-Pixel Image of the Rover Curiosity Brings the Red Planet to Life (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 Technology from GigaPan is being used to display images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, a NASA mission investigating past and present environments within the Gale Crater on Mars. Managed by NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the rover landed in August 2012 and is the latest mission to explore the red planet. Equipped with a camera capable of...

NASA Constructs Billion Pixel Image Of The Red Planet
2013-06-20 09:35:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (June 20, 2013 9:35 a.m.) Along with the NASA release of the first-ever billion-pixel mosaic of the surface of Mars within the Gale Crater, one company is taking the initiative to bring such brilliant displays to the public using its sophisticated technology. GigaPan, which offers gigapixel panoramas, is being utilized to display images taken by Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity rover. Equipped with a camera capable...

ExoMars Mission On Track
2013-06-17 15:31:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its mission to Mars in 2016 has entered the final stages of construction. ExoMars received the signature of a contract Monday with Thales Alenia Space at the Paris Air & Space Show. ESA said this agreement marks a major milestone for the mission and for the private aerospace company. “The award of this contract provides continuity to the work of the industrial team members of...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Samples Mars' Atmosphere And Finds A Surprise
2013-06-13 11:55:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered that temperatures in the Martian atmosphere regularly rise and fall twice a day. According to the findings published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, temperatures can swing by as much as 58 degrees Fahrenheit during this odd, twice-a-day pattern. The observations, made possible by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, show that the temperature drop takes place globally and year-round. "We see a...

Moon Radiation Study Reduce Health Risks Astronauts
2013-06-12 10:23:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the space scientists at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports that data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) reveals that lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel. The findings, published in the journal Space Weather, could help reduce human health risks...

NASA Returns Zoe Robot To Chile's Atacama Desert To Hunt For Subsurface Life
2013-06-12 09:02:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Zoë, the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile´s Atacama Desert, is returning for another go-around. This month, on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute, the autonomous and solar-powered robot is headed back into the world´s driest desert equipped with a one-meter drill to search for subsurface life. As in the initial mission,...

Evidence Of Non-Acidic Water Discovered By Mars Rover Opportunity
2013-06-09 08:10:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online NASA´s Opportunity rover has discovered new evidence that Mars was once a planet capable of supporting life — a rock which appears to be rich in clays formed in non-acidic water, the US space agency announced Friday. According to Kenneth Chang of the New York Times, the rock discovered by the older of the two currently operational Mars rovers is approximately the size of a human forearm. The rover used its...

Opportunity Starting 10th Anniversary With New Trek
2013-06-07 13:10:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity is trekking towards a new study area as it closes in on its 10th year anniversary. The space agency said Opportunity is moving towards a destination known as Solander Point, which offers access to a taller stack of geological layering than the area the rover has been working at the past 20 months. "Getting to Solander Point will be like walking up to a road cut where you see a cross section of...

Curiosity Ending Glenelg Campaign, Setting Sights On Mount Sharp
2013-06-06 05:52:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover is wrapping up its objectives in its current location and getting ready to move on to an area about five miles away. The rover drilled a second rock target for sample material and delivered portions of that rock powder into laboratory instruments in one week. "We're hitting full stride," said Mars Science Laboratory Project Manager Jim Erickson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We...

Pebbles, Sand In Martian River Network Show Signs Of Ancient Water
2013-06-05 09:19:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The most convincing evidence yet that the frigid deserts of Mars were once a habitable environment crossed by flowing water are presented by pebbles and sand scattered near an ancient Martian river network. The findings of this study, led by scientists at NASA´s Mars Science Laboratory mission, were published in the journal Science. The research team says that the discovery of sand grains and small stones that bear the telltale...