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India May Be Looking At Mars
2013-01-02 18:56:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a report by the Hindustan Times, India is within reach of developing a mission to Mars. The news agency quoted Amitabha Ghosh, an Indian scientist who was a part of the NASA team that picked out the landing site for the space agency's Curiosity mission, for the report. Ghosh told the Hindustan Times that he is optimistic that an Indian mission to Mars will be successful. He pointed out that Indian Space...

NASA's Curiosity Can Find Its Position With Martian Eclipses
2012-12-13 17:59:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers say that if Curiosity ever loses its location on the surface of Mars, it could use eclipses to help it find its way. Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) have developed a method for helping Curiosity find its way around Mars by using Martian moons. "Observing these events offers an independent method for determining the coordinates of Curiosity," Gonzalo Barderas, researcher at UCM and...

Mars Inside And Out May Have Had Differing Geological Histories
2012-11-20 05:50:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists led by the Carnegie Institution for Science recently studied the hydrogen in water from the interior of Mars and found that Mars was formed from similar building blocks to that of Earth. There are differences, however, in the later evolution of the two planets, which implies that terrestrial planets such as Earth have similar water sources — chondritic meteorites. Unlike Earth, however, rocks on Mars that...

curiosity soil
2012-10-30 15:05:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced on Tuesday the first analysis of Martian soil by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The soil sample taken during Curiosity's third scoop on October 15 revealed the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material. NASA said that the soil sample taken within Gale Crater resembles what could be found in volcanic...

NASA Says Shiny Mars Object Is Only Plastic
2012-10-10 14:52:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has cleared the air, saying that the shiny object found in a picture taken of the surface of Mars isn't an alien, but a small piece of its very own Curiosity rover. Curiosity's scooping activities came to a halt when a shiny object appeared in an image taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam). While the Internet went wild with all sorts of speculation as to what the object might be, NASA has partly put an end to speculation by saying...

Deimos Orbital Model Improved
2012-09-26 10:27:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 135 years ago, a scientist named Asaph Hall discovered Phobos and Deimos, two small moons orbiting Mars. Since then, the moons have been photographed innumerable times from Earth and from spacecraft, including recent measurements by the Mars Exploration Rovers panoramic cameras and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The orbit of Phobos, the inner moon, has been calculated to an accuracy of less than 1 kilometer. But, despite this...

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...

Can We Survive A Trip To Mars?
2012-06-25 05:24:24

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com Many have often gazed into the night sky, pondering the beautiful expanse of space, hoping to one day make the journey. While we´ve already landed and tread the grey-dust of the moon, few locales have mystified us and set our passions ablaze like Mars. Often the focus of many Science Fiction novelists and dreamers, Mars also happens to be the planet with the greatest likelihood of sustaining life. Therefore, the mystery and similarities of the distant...


Latest Phobos Reference Libraries

Technophobia
2013-12-24 11:45:54

Technophobia, from Greek techne, meaning art, skill, or craft, and phobos, meaning fear, is the fear or the dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, particularly computers. Although there are a number of interpretations of technophobia, they appear to become more complex as technology continues to evolve. The term is usually used in the sense of irrational fear, but others contend that their fears are justified. It is related to cyber phobia and it is the opposite of technophilia....

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Mars -- in astronomy, 4th planet from the sun, with an orbit next in order beyond that of the earth. Physical Characteristics Mars has a striking red appearance, and in its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the sun, it is twice as bright as Sirius, the brightest star. Mars has a diameter of 4,200 mi (6,800 km), just over half the diameter of the earth, and its mass is only 11% of the earth's mass. The planet has a very thin atmosphere consisting...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Deimos -- outermost of two small moons orbiting the planet Mars. Deimos orbits Mars at a distance of about 23,500 km (about 14,100 mi), completing an orbit once every 1.26 Earth days. The moon's orbit is almost circular and is only slightly tilted relative to the Martian equator. Deimos is irregular in shape, measuring about 15 km (about 9 mi) along its longest side and about 11 km (about 6.6 mi) along its shortest side. It is the smallest known moon in the solar system. If...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Phobos -- in astronomy, innermost moon, or natural satellite, of Mars. Phobos orbits Mars at a distance of only 9,378 km (5,627 mi), closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. In fact, it is so close that the force of Mars's gravity is stronger than the force keeping the moon in its orbit, so the radius of Phobos's orbit is decreasing at the rate of about 1.8 m (about 6 ft) per century. In 40 million years, Phobos will either break apart into a ring...

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Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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