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2013-05-02 15:40:33

The Sun and our neighboring planet Mars are two destinations that the UK and US will be exploring together in the coming years, following recent agreements for collaboration on three big space projects. During a visit this week to space facilities and companies in the UK, Mason Peck, Chief Technologist at NASA, said, “Cooperation and collaboration are critical to meet increasingly global challenges, and our partnership with the United Kingdom in space exploration and technology...

Communication Blackout Caused By Sun Put Opportunity Into Standby Mode
2013-04-30 18:25:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity placed itself in standby mode during April when the sun was blocking out communication with the Red Planet and Earth. The space agency said mission controllers learned of the changed status on April 27, when they first heard from Opportunity after the blocked communication period. Engineers pumped "fresh commands" into the rover on Monday to get it to resume operations....

Hi-tech Magnetic Sensors Will Soon Boost Terrestrial Travel
2013-04-23 14:42:00

ESA Without hi-tech magnetic sensors, rovers wouldn´t be able to roam around Mars. These same sensors will soon boost terrestrial travel by improving the machinery that molds parts for cars and aircraft here on Earth. These devices will ℠feel´ parts in exquisite detail, noting features like the width and depth of drilled holes, helping to create perfect 3D pictures of each highly complex piece. It takes up to 20 minutes to beam information from Mars to Earth —...

Three From JPL Included On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List
2013-04-19 15:11:39

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth. The list announced today by TIME Magazine includes Don Yeomans, Pete Theisinger and Richard Cook, all at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Yeomans manages NASA's Near-Earth Objects Program Office at JPL, which coordinates the search for and tracking of asteroids and...

Copernicus crater
2013-04-03 04:40:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Large impacts on the Moon produce unimaginable amounts of energy; however, they may not wipe the mineralogical slate clean. New research, led by Brown University geoscientists, has discovered a rock body with a distinct mineralogy snaking 18 miles across the floor of Copernicus crater — a 60-mile-wide feature on the Moon's near side. Mineralogical signatures of rock present before the impact that created the crater appear to...

Comet May Be On A Collision Course With Mars
2013-03-28 10:52:43

NASA Science [ Watch the Video ScienceCasts: Collision Course? ] Over the years, the spacefaring nations of Earth have sent dozens of probes and rovers to explore Mars. Today there are three active satellites circling the red planet while two rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, wheel across the red sands below. Mars is dry, barren, and apparently lifeless. Soon, those assets could find themselves exploring a very different kind of world. "There is a small but non-negligible chance...

Mars Express And HRSCview Turns Everyone Into Explorers
2013-03-25 19:03:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our planet has been mapped out and explored for the most part, but there are plenty of other planets out there waiting to be discovered, and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express has provided the means to do so. Mars Express has spent the last ten years snapping images of the Red Planet, and a web interface featuring an archive of these images offers up the chance to explore any region on Mars through the eyes of the...

Curiosity Heading Towards Spring Break
2013-03-25 12:29:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has been hard at work for seven months now, and the Mars tourist is about to get its own Spring Break. The Red Planet will be passing almost directly behind the Sun from Earth's perspective in April for two weeks, so NASA will be putting the Curiosity mission on hold. The sun is capable of disrupting radio transmissions between the two planets during the near-alignment, so NASA is holding off sending commands to...

Mars Rover ChemCam Sees Patterns In Martian Rocks
2013-03-20 04:44:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Nina Lanza announced at the 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas that Curiosity's ChemCam laser could be offering some detailed inside information about the Red Planet's surface. NASA's Curiosity rover has a laser-shooting instrument onboard known as the ChemCam, which is used to vaporize a pinpoint of rock surface. The instrument is able to...


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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