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Image 1 - Mars Rover Curiosity Carries A Penny For Camera Checkup
2012-02-08 05:18:49

The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has its own calibration target, a smartphone-size plaque that looks like an eye chart supplemented with color chips and an attached penny. When Curiosity lands on Mars in August, researchers will use this calibration target to test performance of the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI. MAHLI's close-up inspections of Martian rocks and soil will show details so tiny, the calibration target includes reference lines...

Opportunity Rover Begins Ninth Year Of Operation On Mars
2012-01-24 13:16:04

[ Watch the Video ] Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA's enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially became a new mission five months ago. Opportunity reached a multi-year driving destination, Endeavour Crater, in August 2011. At Endeavour's rim, it has gained access to geological deposits from an earlier period of Martian history than anything it examined during its first seven years. It also has begun an...

Image 1 - Mars Rover Opportunity To Spend Winter Working At Greeley Haven
2012-01-06 07:23:31

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will spend the next several months at a site informally named "Greeley Haven." The name is a tribute to planetary geologist Ronald Greeley (1939-2011), who was a member of the science team for the Mars rovers and many other interplanetary missions. The site is an outcrop that provides a sun-facing slope to aid in maintaining adequate solar power during the rover's fifth Martian winter.  It also provides targets of scientific interest for the...

NASA Presents Software Of The Year Award
2011-12-09 04:13:00

Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), novel autonomy software that has been operating on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity since December 2009, is NASA's 2011 Software of the Year recipient. The AEGIS software, developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., autonomously directs Opportunity's cameras to interesting science targets. AEGIS was developed to enhance the usual targeting process involving scientists on the ground, which can...

Image 1 - Mars Rover Opportunity Spots Mineral Vein Deposited By Water
2011-12-08 04:42:58

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water. Analysis of the vein will help improve understanding of the history of wet environments on Mars. "This tells a slam-dunk story that water flowed through underground fractures in the rock," said Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for Opportunity. "This stuff is a fairly pure chemical deposit that formed in place right where we see it....

NASA's Curiosity Rover Ready For Saturday Launch
2011-11-25 12:32:44

NASA will be embarking on its fourth rover mission to Mars on Saturday with the launch of the long-anticipated rover Curiosity. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover will take off aboard an Atlas V rocket at 10:02 a.m. (EST) on Saturday. The spacecraft will arrive at Mars in August 2012 to investigate whether the landing region has had environmental conditions favorable for supporting microbial life. Curiosity is equipped with the most advanced suit of instruments for...

Curiosity
2011-11-24 16:23:35

NASA is launching a new $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory on Saturday at 10:02 a.m. Aboard an unmanned United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The launch will take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just south of the Kennedy Space Center, according to Reuters.. The rover, named Curiosity, is being sent in order to answer the question of whether life does or has ever existed on Mars. Previous missions with the Spirit and Opportunity rovers found evidence of water in the...


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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