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Martians Or A Mere Technical Glitch? What's That Light Shining On Mars?
2014-04-09 04:19:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online It’s the mystery that has space enthusiasts and the blogosphere buzzing: what exactly is the flash of light that appears on photos taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover earlier this month? According to Rachel Katz of ABC News, the images were taken by the rover on April 2 and 3 at a location called “the Kimberley,” a spot where Curiosity could search for rock clues about ancient environments which could have been favorable...

Mars Rover Scopes Out Its Next Study Area
2014-04-04 09:46:06

NASA On Wednesday, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove the last 98 feet (30 meters) needed to arrive at a site planned since early 2013 as a destination for studying rock clues about ancient environments that may have been favorable for life. The rover reached a vantage point for its cameras to survey four different types of rock intersecting in an area called "the Kimberley," after a region of western Australia. "This is the spot on the map we've been headed for, on a little rise that...

2014-04-04 04:20:22

Entitled "Mutuality a Principle That Fosters a Shared Benefit," Victoria discusses the positive impact that being a family-owned business guided by The Five Principles has on business performance and the workplace environment NEW ORLEANS, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 3, 2014, Victoria B. Mars, Chairman of Mars, Incorporated gave a keynote presentation at the 2014 Great Place to Work Conference. In her presentation, entitled "Mutuality a Principle That Fosters Shared...

Opposition Of Mars
2014-04-02 12:54:57

[ Watch The Video: ScienceCast: The Opposition of Mars ] Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA By the time you finish reading this story, you'll be about 1,000 km closer to the planet Mars. Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter. As March gives way to April, the distance between the two planets is shrinking by about 300 km every minute. When the convergence ends in mid-April, the gulf between Earth and Mars will have narrowed to only 92 million km--a small number on the...

ExoMars Rover Testing On Earth Ahead Of 2018 Mission
2014-03-28 12:17:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A giant sand pit that mimics the surface of Mars will be helping test out the ExoMars rover before its trip to the Red Planet in four years. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency collaborated on the ExoMars rover, which will be launched in 2018. The mission will help address questions about whether life ever existed on Mars by looking at its atmosphere and drilling into the planet’s surface. ESA...

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...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
2014-03-12 08:39:21

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's long-lived Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a precautionary safe standby mode March 9 after an unscheduled swap from one main computer to another. The mission's ground team has begun restoring the spacecraft to full operations. "The spacecraft is healthy, in communication and fully powered," said Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Manager Dan Johnston of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.  "We have stepped up the...

2014-03-10 08:23:25

MCLEAN, Va., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mars, Incorporated announced today a new policy to help build a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain. This sees Mars commit to both industry leading standards and develop a fully traceable pipeline back to known palm oil processing mills by year-end 2014. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110928/NY76189LOGO This policy is at the forefront of the business' strengthened commitment to tackle deforestation, and further supported by...

Lava Floods Mars Ancient Plains
2014-03-06 09:30:21

ESA Two distinct volcanic eruptions have flooded this area of Daedalia Planum with lava, flowing around an elevated fragment of ancient terrain. The images were acquired by ESA’s Mars Express on 28 November 2013 towards the eastern boundary of the gigantic Tharsis Montes volcanic region, where the largest volcanoes on Mars are found. The lava flows seen in this image come from Arsia Mons, the southernmost volcano in the Tharsis complex, which lies around 1000 km to the northwest of...


Latest Mars Reference Libraries

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2005-05-26 10:41:56

Hematite (AE) or haematite (BE) is the mineral form of Iron (III) oxide, (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. The ore sometimes contains slight amounts of titanium. When shaped into ornaments, it is often called black diamond. Hematite is a very common mineral, coloured black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. Varieties include Bloodstone, Iron Rose, Kidney Ore, Martite, Paint Ore, Specularite (Specular Hematite), Rainbow Hematite...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Extraterrestrial Life -- Extraterrestrial life is life beyond planet Earth (apart from humans travelling in space, and living organisms they bring along or send). There are many questions about extraterrestrial life, including: -- Does it exist? -- Where? -- What kind? -- Could there be non-carbon based life forms, e.g. life forms based on other elements like silicon (See Carbon chauvinism)? -- How does life differ depending on the type of structure (unicellular life,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Drake Equation -- The Drake equation (also known as the Green Bank equation) is a famous result in the speculative fields of xenobiology and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This equation was devised by Dr. Frank Drake in the 1960s in an attempt to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy with which we might come in contact. The main purpose of the equation is to allow scientists to quantify the uncertainty of the factors which determine the number...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Olympus Mons -- Olympus Mons is the tallest mountain in the solar system, at 25 km. Located on Mars, and officially called by its Latin name Olympus Mons. It is named for the mountain on Earth. Olympus Mons is an apparently extinct shield volcano, the result of highly fluid magma flowing out of volcanic vents over a long period of time, and is much wider than it is tall; the average slope of Olympus Mons' flanks is very gradual. The Hawaiian islands are an example of similar shield...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'