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2013-12-09 12:21:14

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of...

What Happened To Mars Is A Planetary Mystery
2013-11-13 12:46:07

[ Watch The Video: ScienceCasts: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery ] NASA Science Billions of years ago when the planets of our solar system were still young, Mars was a very different world. Liquid water flowed in long rivers that emptied into lakes and shallow seas. A thick atmosphere blanketed the planet and kept it warm. In this cozy environment, living microbes might have found a home, starting Mars down the path toward becoming a second life-filled planet next door...

Volunteer Mars Colonist Gather In DC
2013-08-06 12:25:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty of the volunteers chosen to take a one-way trip to the Red Planet gathered in Washington, DC yesterday to hear Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp explain his plans to build a permanent base on Mars by 2023. Should Lansdorp succeed in raising the necessary $6 billion to send these volunteers to Earth's neighbor, they'll embark on a seven-month, one-way journey to set up the planet's first colony. Lansdorp's non-profit...

Mars Rover Experiences Dust Devil
2012-11-15 14:44:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Thursday during a teleconference that its Curiosity rover has experienced its first whirlwind on Mars. Although the rover did not snap a photo of the whirlwind, Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) was able to help detect the dust devil. REMS detected brief dips in air pressure, along with a change in wind direction, leading NASA scientists to determine that there was a whirlwind passing by...

Mars Rover Instrument Tastes Soil
2012-11-14 04:54:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity got a taste of solids from the Martian surface on November 9th, when a pinch of fine sand and dust was deposited in the biggest instrument on the rover: the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM). SAM is located inside the rover and examines the chemistry of samples it ingests, checking specifically for chemistry related to supporting life. The sample was delivered to an inlet port on the rover deck by Curiosity's robotic arm. For...

2012-10-30 15:20:31

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to obtain the results, which are filling...

curiosity soil
2012-10-30 15:05:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced on Tuesday the first analysis of Martian soil by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The soil sample taken during Curiosity's third scoop on October 15 revealed the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material. NASA said that the soil sample taken within Gale Crater resembles what could be found in volcanic...

Martian Soil Delivered To Curiosity For Analysis
2012-10-19 04:30:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity has taken in its first Martian soil sample into its laboratory on board in search for extraterrestrial life on Mars. The sample is being analyzed inside the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument to determine what minerals the soil sample contains. "We are crossing a significant threshold for this mission by using CheMin on its first sample," according to Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger of the...

Curiosity Digs Up Martian Soil For First Time
2012-10-09 06:21:29

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity's First Scoopful of Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity dug up its first Martian soil over the weekend, collecting a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site. NASA confirmed the success of the rover's digging, and said that imaging verified collection of the sample. The collected material will be used for cleaning and interior surfaces of the rover's sample-handling mechanism, according to the...

2012-10-04 10:20:51

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Curiosity is the centerpiece of the two-year Mars Science Laboratory mission. The rover's ability to put soil samples into analytical instruments is central to assessing whether its present location on Mars, called Gale...