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2013-02-21 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected key contributions to a 2022 European Space Agency (ESA) mission that will study Jupiter and three of its largest moons in unprecedented detail. The moons are thought to harbor vast water oceans beneath their icy surfaces. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) NASA's contribution will consist of one U.S.-led science instrument and hardware for two European instruments to fly on ESA's Jupiter Icy...

2013-02-21 16:20:31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP), a component of NASA's Science Mission Directorate education and outreach activities, enables students from fifth grade through college to take an image of the Red Planet's surface...

2013-02-20 16:20:26

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever has drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Transfer of the powdered-rock sample into an open scoop was visible for the first time in images received...

2013-02-20 12:21:22

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring about one-third the size of Earth. It...

2013-02-09 12:21:10

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The fresh hole, about 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep in...

NASA's MAVEN Mission Assembly Completed, Beginning Environmental Testing
2013-02-09 10:36:16

NASA NASA´s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. MAVEN is the next mission to Mars and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. During the environmental testing phase, the orbiter will undergo a variety of rigorous tests that simulate the extreme temperatures, vacuum and vibration the spacecraft will...

2013-02-08 16:20:27

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. MAVEN is the next mission to Mars and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) During the environmental testing phase, the orbiter will undergo a variety...

2013-02-08 16:20:06

DENVER, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has completed the assembly of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. The orbiter is now undergoing environmental testing at the company's Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. MAVEN is the next mission to Mars and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. Photo and video of MAVEN:...

2013-01-29 12:21:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA's QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring, and understanding of how...

2013-01-20 12:20:04

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The new information comes from researchers analyzing spectrometer data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which looked down on the floor of McLaughlin Crater. The Martian crater is 57 miles (92...