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2014-01-21 16:20:45

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later. NASA will reflect on the rover's work in a news conference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Thursday, Jan. 23. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The event will originate from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., and be carried live on NASA Television and...

2014-01-21 16:20:27

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency is beginning a thorough review to determine the best combination of...

2014-01-06 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media and public are invited to attend events hosted by NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM), in Washington, to commemorate 10 years of roving across Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Anniversary activities will showcase the images and achievements of the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, both launched by NASA in the summer of 2003. Activities also will highlight how Mars...

Sprit Rover 10 year anniversary
2014-01-03 13:57:26

[ Watch the Video: Spirit Rover Landing 10th Anniversary ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Saturday will mark the 10th anniversary of the date NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit touched down on the Martian surface. On January 4, 2004 Spirit finally reached the Red Planet after a seven-month-long trip through space. The rover was a twin to the still operational Opportunity rover, which landed just a few weeks after Spirit. Spirit was a six-wheeled,...

mars curiosity wheel damage
2013-12-21 05:53:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Having successfully completed a software upgrade, the team operating NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity now plans to check the vehicle’s wheel for wear-and-tear, officials with the US space agency announced on Friday. Jim Erickson of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), manager of the Mars Science Laboratory project, said Curiosity is now running version 11 of its flight software. This is the third upgrade since the rover landed...

2013-12-06 12:20:21

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The meeting will take place Dec. 9-13 at the Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., in San Francisco. Media registration for the event is open. The briefings will be streamed for registered journalists...

Rover Challenge Issued By NASA To Students
2013-11-30 04:16:39

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Students, some of whom will have only recently earned their driver’s licenses, will soon have the opportunity to test drive vehicles for use on other planets, asteroids, moons and comets. NASA has issued a new engineering design challenge for teams of high school and college students: to design, build and test vehicles on the simulated surface of another world. Registration for the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be...

Mars Sites Named In Honor Of Bruce Murray
2013-11-14 09:26:23

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity’s Path to Mount Sharp ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has named two significant landscape features observed by its Mars rovers "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of the late planetary scientist Bruce Murray. "Bruce Murray contributed both scientific insight and leadership that laid the groundwork for interplanetary missions such as robotic missions to Mars, including the Mars rovers, part of America's...

NASA's Opportunity Rover Turns Into A Martian Mountaineer
2013-10-24 14:24:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Opportunity rover has turned into a mountaineer, climbing the tallest hill it has encountered in the mission’s 10 year history. The Mars Exploration Rover is exploring the outcrops on the northwestern slopes of “Solander Point,” trekking up the hill as much as a field geologist would do. NASA said the outcrops are exposed from several feet to about 20 feet above the surrounding plains. "This is our first real Martian...

What Are Clouds On Mars Like?
2013-10-08 04:34:52

[ Watch the Video: Simulating Martian Clouds ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The clouds on Mars, at first glance, might be easily mistaken for those on Earth. NASA's Opportunity rover returned images of the Martian sky with gauzy, high-altitude wisps that are similar to our cirrus clouds. These clouds most likely consist of either carbon dioxide or water-based ice crystals, given what scientists currently understand about the Martian atmosphere. However,...


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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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