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Clovis Impact Theory Back Under The Microscope
2012-09-19 04:41:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Disregard of three critical protocols, including sorting samples by size, explains why a group challenging the theory of a North American meteor-impact event approximately 12,900 years ago failed to find iron and silica rich magnetic particles in the sites they investigated, says a new study from an interdisciplinary team of scientists. Edward K. Vogel, co-author of the study published in the online Early Edition of Proceedings of...

Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Oddest 'Blueberries' Yet
2012-09-14 14:19:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity has sent back an image of the Martian surface that is pretty alien compared to what researchers are used to seeing. The image taken by Opportunity's Microscopic Imager contains these spherical objects that measure as much as one-eighth of an inch in diameter. The objects are different from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" that Opportunity has run across before. Preliminary analysis shows...

Martian Clay Suggests Planet May Have Been Hotter, Less Wet
2012-09-10 08:13:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Evidence that the surface of the Red Planet had a watery past is being challenged by scientists after studies of rock samples from an old atom bomb test site in the Pacific. The new finding suggests that Mars was not as warm and wet as many scientists have predicted. A team of scientists from Caltech have made the theory after their research of rock formations on Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia. They found these formations...

2012-09-09 23:03:01

Hi-Shear Technology pyrotechnic devices contributed to the successful Mars landing of NASA´s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) “Curiosity” rover on August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm (PDT). (PRWEB) September 08, 2012 Hi-Shear Technology Corporation (Hi-Shear), a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), announced that it was a contributor to the successful landing of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity rover on Mars, August 5, 2012. Hi-Shear supplied over 200...

Mars Rover Teams Get Major Award
2012-09-07 13:40:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity teams are slated to receive the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will be receiving the honor September 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, California. The award is being presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or flight test personnel to the advancement of the art, science or...

Curiosity Sends Back New Images From Mars
2012-09-06 13:20:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA held a telephone conference with reporters today to give an update about what Curiosity is up to on the Martian surface. The new rover is currently sitting still on the Red Planet, and NASA said it will be moving again towards its target "Glenelg" in about a week. At the future site, there are multiple targets that NASA plans to assess on whether they will be drilling. In an image released by the space agency, there are...

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2012-08-28 18:07:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online This afternoon, for the first time in history, a song was played that was beamed back from Mars via the Curiosity rover. Musician Will.I.Am's song "Reach for the Stars" was played at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tuesday afternoon after being beamed back from the Red Planet. On Monday, NASA played a prerecorded message from Curiosity featuring NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden being the first human voice heard from Mars....


Latest Opportunity rover 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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