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Opportunity looks back
2014-09-11 03:00:38

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from nearly half a mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving. Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) recorded the component images on Aug. 15, 2014, from an elevated portion of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. A brief video places the scene into context with the rover's entire driving route of more...

2014-09-10 08:26:42

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American food retailers seeking to scare up increased sales of candy products during autumn are likely in for a sweet surprise. Last year, sales of seasonal Halloween chocolate candy reached $217 million, up 12%. Such growth outperformed purchases of similar seasonal chocolate products during Christmas and was on par with percentage gains experienced for Valentine's Day. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140801/132630...

2014-09-06 08:20:33

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Sept. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60. Fewer than 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain product containing peanuts and eggs without listing them on the ingredient label. People who have allergies to peanuts and egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if...

Mars rover Opportunity
2014-08-30 08:04:54

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's planned science activities, even though recovery from each incident is completed within a day or two. Flash memory retains data even when power is off. It is the type used for storing photos and songs on...

2014-08-28 12:26:50

Latest 'You're Not You When You're Hungry' TV Commercial Shows Highly Touted NFL Rookie Johnny Manziel Transformed By Hunger HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Move over, Johnny Football. Meet "Johnny JamBoogie." Highly touted rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is known for his elusive moves on the football field. But today, just in time for the start of the NFL season, Mars Chocolate North America released a humorous new commercial for the SNICKERS® Brand which...

martian meteorite
2014-08-28 04:22:22

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteorite discovered in the Sahara Desert three years ago could hold the secrets to the climate history of Mars, and may ultimately help answer the question as to whether or not the now cold, dry Red Planet was once home to a warm environment capable of supporting life, an international team of researchers claim in a new study. That meteorite, which is known as both Black Beauty and NWA 7533, is currently being analyzed by Florida...

Bonanza King a no-go for NASA
2014-08-23 10:52:28

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling. The rock, called "Bonanza King," moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on Wednesday, at an early stage of this test, when the percussion drill impacted the rock a few times to make an indentation. Instead of drilling that or any similar rock nearby, the team has...

2014-08-22 04:21:56

Key innovation debate held at Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Edmund Phelps; Mars Vice President of Corporate Innovation, Ralph Jerome; and 120 of the world's brightest young economists LINDAU, Germany, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mars, Incorporated yesterday hosted a panel discussion on the central importance of innovation in overcoming the global challenges of tomorrow. At the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps and...

2014-08-21 16:26:47

MARS IT, an award winning Technical Staffing firm, earns a spot on Inc. Magazine's 2014 Inc. 5000 list for being among the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America. MILWAUKEE, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- MARS IT, an award winning Technical Staffing firm, today announced that they have earned a spot in Inc. Magazine's annual 5000 list, which places the company among the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. Photo -...

Cuiosity Rover Eyes Bonanza King
2014-08-17 08:44:42

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen a rock that looks like a pale paving stone as the mission's fourth drilling target, if it passes engineers' evaluation. They call it "Bonanza King." It is not at the "Pahrump Hills" site the team anticipated the rover might reach by mid-August. Unexpected challenges while driving in sand prompted the mission to reverse course last week after entering a valley where ripples of sand fill...


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
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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