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Mars Rover Opportunity To Study New Blueberries
2012-09-30 05:39:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While it seems like Curiosity is the one getting all the headlines these days, NASA's "other" Mars rover, Opportunity, is still alive and well -- and en route to a new site to study the composition and internal structures of small spherical objects similar to the iron-rich ones previously discovered at its landing site. The new spherical objects are "reminiscent of, but different from, the iron-rich spheres nicknamed 'blueberries'...

Curiosity Makes Contact With Martian Rock Using Robotic Arm For First Time
2012-09-25 09:18:55

[WATCH VIDEO] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After NASA picked out a suitable rock to study on the Red Planet, the agency´s Curiosity rover took a little stroll to the Martian sample and, for the first time, used its robotic arm to make contact with the otherworldly artifact. The rock, named “Jake Matijevic,” after the late rover engineer of the same name, will be studied by Curiosity to determine what chemical elements make up its composition....

2012-09-20 09:03:45

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills highlighted the contributions of small businesses to the success of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday with ATA Engineering, headquartered in Herndon, Va. ATA Engineering partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team to test and analyze the entry, descent and landing of the rover, specifically the wheels, actuators and thermal control systems....

Jake Matijevic
2012-09-19 14:31:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity got to witness an Earth-like experience on the Martian surface last week, by watching the moon Phobos create an eclipse on Mars. NASA unveiled new images on Wednesday, as well as an update to Curiosity's whereabouts. On September 13, Curiosity witnessed a Martian moon transit that involved the moon Phobos coming between the Red Planet and the Sun. The new rover snapped images of the event using its Mast Camera, which is...

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...


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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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