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

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.

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

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.

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

After spending nearly a week trying to diagnose why NASA’s Curiosity rover experienced a “soft short,” engineers gave the all clear for the rover to resume duties on November 23.

Minerals Were Scarce When Life First Formed On Earth: Study
2013-11-26 08:05:20

Just eight percent of the nearly 5,000 different types of minerals currently found on Earth were present on or near the planet’s surface when life first originated, according to new research appearing in the latest edition of the American Journal of Science.

Curiosity Mars Shut Down Soft Short
2013-11-21 10:16:07

NASA has suspended its rover Curiosity operations on Mars to check for a possible "soft" short.

Algorithm To Help Analyze Soil Images From Mars Rover Curiosity
2013-11-16 04:26:45

While the instruments on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity are able to easily identify the chemical composition of rocks, measure the speed of the wind and snap amazing images from mast-mounted cameras, the process of analyzing soil images can be a somewhat daunting task.

Mars Sites Named In Honor Of Bruce Murray
2013-11-14 09:26:23

NASA has named two significant landscape features observed by its Mars rovers "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of the late planetary scientist Bruce Murray.

Curiosity Back In Nominal Surface Operations Mode
2013-11-13 10:37:46

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday (Nov. 10) that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.