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

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Operations Suspended Temporarily ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has suspended its rover Curiosity operations on Mars to check for possible causes of a voltage change detected this week. The space agency announced that engineers are investigating a “soft” short, which is a leak through a material that is partially conductive of electricity, rather than a hard short like one electrical wire contacting another....

Meteorite Reveals Martian Secrets
2013-11-21 07:06:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study has uncovered what may be the first recognized example of ancient Martian crust. The findings, published in Nature, are the work of Munir Humayun of Florida State University. His work is based on an analysis of a 4.4 billion-year-old Martian meteorite unearthed by Bedouin tribesmen in the Sahara desert. The rock, designated NWA 7533, might be the first recognized sample of ancient Martian crust and holds a wealth of...

2013-11-19 08:20:39

First Martian Orbiter Sent to Find Out What Happened to the Water on Mars BRISTOL, Pa., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DUNMORE Corporation is protecting mission critical payload instruments carried aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) space mission and the spacecraft itself. DUNMORE's multi-layer insulation (MLI) materials shield onboard electronics from extreme temperatures as the spacecraft travels ten months to an orbit around Mars. (Photo:...

2013-11-18 23:04:53

Reportbuyer.com just published a new market research report: Market Focus: Trends and Developments in the Confectionery Sector in UK London (PRWEB) November 18, 2013 Product Synopsis This report provides a concise overview of the Confectionery market in the UK. After reading this report, you will understand the size of the market, the economic, demographic, and behavioural trends that will drive its evolution and the leading players within the market, allowing you to plan effectively for...

2013-11-18 16:21:22

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA mission that will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft separated from an Atlas V Centaur rocket's second stage 53 minutes after launch. The solar arrays deployed...

mars asteroids nasa
2013-11-19 04:23:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mars may be helping to shape the surface of some near-Earth asteroids, according to a new study published in the journal Icarus. Richard Binzel, a professor of planetary sciences at MIT, found in 2010 that asteroids that venture outside of the main belt in our solar system could be experiencing “asteroid quakes” as they come too close to Earth’s gravity. These quakes shift surface grains, exposing fresh grains underneath, which helps...

Martian Geology More Diverse Than Thought
2013-11-18 13:23:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, scientists have thought of Mars as being made up of just one kind of rock – a very simplistic planet compared to the diverse geology of Earth. However, a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests there may be granite on Mars and puts forward a theory for how it could have formed there. "We're providing the most compelling evidence to date that Mars has granitic rocks," said study author James Wray, an...

Mars Next Stop For NASA's MAVEN Mission After Successful Launch
2013-11-18 13:03:03

[ Watch the Video: Mars MAVEN Mission Launch Successful ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new spacecraft aimed at un-layering the history of Mars’ upper atmosphere launched from Cape Canaveral on Monday. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be joining up with other elite spacecraft orbiting around the Red Planet in September 2014, after traveling millions of miles across the solar system. MAVEN will be the first spacecraft to...

2013-11-15 16:20:10

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five NASA centers around the United States will host events and activities Monday, Nov. 18, for the public to view the launch of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and learn about its mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) MAVEN, which is set to launch at 1:28 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will take critical measurements of the Martian...

A Peek Into Mars Past
2013-11-14 11:41:34

[ Watch The Video: The Evolution Of Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a new video showing how its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be able to look back at the history of the Red Planet. Mars is a cold and barren dessert with red soil and little atmosphere. However, scientists believe that billions of years ago this planet could have not only had a thick atmosphere, but was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water....


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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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