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Curiosity Active Again After Entering 'Safe Mode' Again Over Weekend
2013-03-19 18:46:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Curiosity has been having a bit of trouble on Mars lately with its software, and yesterday NASA announced its prized rover entered "safe mode" again after more glitches had occurred. The space agency said its engineers worked to diagnose the software issue that prompted the rover to put itself into the precautionary standby status over the weekend. Curiosity is now back to active status and is on track to resume its science...

Curiosity Is Back On Track After Memory Glitch Forced JPL To Switch Computers
2013-03-05 07:48:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On February 28, a team of engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California switched their Mars Curiosity rover over to a redundant onboard computer after discovering a memory issue within the main computer system. That swap put Curiosity into “safe mode,” allowing the team to investigate the main computer before returning the rover back to a normal routine. Today, the JPL team announced Curiosity has...

ASU Mars Education Program Wins Award From Science Magazine
2013-02-21 14:23:51

Arizona State University Letting secondary school students use an operating NASA spacecraft to take images of Mars is about as hands-on as science education can get. Nor are the students just aiming the space camera randomly. Instead, they are targeting an image on the Red Planet's surface to answer a scientific question about Mars that the students themselves have developed. That's the exciting premise of the award-winning Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP). A key component of...

Ancient Mars Riverbed Evidence Found
2013-01-29 18:38:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online More evidence is coming in Mars used to be thriving with ancient riverbeds, according to a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Brown University researchers found networks of narrow ridges in impact craters on Mars that appear to be fossilized remnants of underground cracks through which water once flowed. The study adds more weight to the growing pile of evidence Mars once had an active hydrology and...

Mars Rover Opportunity Still Going Strong After 10 Years In Service
2013-01-21 12:32:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Opportunity rover is closing in on its 10-year anniversary, and is still performing science missions on the Red Planet, reports the Associated Press. The veteran rover first entered Mars' southern hemisphere on January 24, 2004, a few weeks after its twin rover, Spirit, landed on the opposite side of the planet. Before the media began to have an appetite for Curiosity, Opportunity was the darling rover, touching down on an...

Mars Curiosity Rover Brushes Up On Rocks
2013-01-08 09:44:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA´s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity used its brush to clear away dust from part of a flat rock on Monday, marking the first time that the rover had used that particular tool, officials at the US space agency have announced. The Dust Removal Tool, which NASA officials describe as “a motorized, wire-bristle brush designed to prepare selected rock surfaces for enhanced inspection by the rover's science...


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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