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2012-08-03 02:20:39

The Television Special Martian Mega Rover Follows NASA Engineers' Eight-Year Mission to Build, Launch and Land the Most Complicated Rover to Date Martian Mega Rover Premieres Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET/PT WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At 1:24 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, August 6,( )2012, the Mars Science Laboratory, a.k.a. the Curiosity rover, is scheduled to hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Seven minutes later, the world will...

CSIRO To Assist With Curiosity Landing
2012-08-02 14:26:39

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As NASA's Mars Science Laboratory gets closer to the Red Planet by the second, other countries are preparing to help aid the space agency in the difficult landing. The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), managed for NASA by CSIRO in Australia, will be the main tracking station for the landing. The Australian dishes will be the ones following MSL's mission when it...

India Plans Trip To Mars
2012-08-02 12:51:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online India is joining the ambitions of other space agencies by putting forth a goal to send a satellite to Mars, according to a report by the Hindustan Times. Plans presented to the government by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) suggested a spacecraft be launched during October or November 2013, with the goal of entering Mars orbit in September 2014. The proposed spacecraft will collect satellite images and send them back to...

Curiosity's Sky Crane Has A Big Job
2012-08-01 15:05:47

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] On August 5th at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Time, NASA will gently deposit their new, 2000-pound Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, wheels-first and ready to roll. Quite a feat — because it will come screaming through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Curiosity, aka the Mars Science Laboratory, will be the largest mission ever to land on another planet. It's big because it has a big mystery to solve: was Mars ever or is it still...

Curiosity Landing To Be Broadcast Live In Times Square
2012-08-01 06:22:59

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Yorkers and those visiting Times Square will get a front row seat to the Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, as the Toshiba Vision screen broadcasts live mission coverage. The new Mars rover will be arriving on the Martian surface at 1:31 a.m. eastern time on August 6. The Toshiba Vision in Times Square will become the largest East Coast location for the public to see the...

2012-07-31 10:21:19

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Toshiba Vision screen in New York City's Times Square will become the largest East Coast location for the public to see live mission coverage of Curiosity, NASA's most advanced planetary rover, as it lands on the Martian surface at 1:31 a.m. EDT August 6. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The Toshiba Vision screen will broadcast NASA TV coverage beginning at 11:30 p.m. EDT August 5 and continuing...

Curiosity Closing In On Mars For Seven Minutes Of Terror
2012-07-31 07:23:04

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new monumental moment is approaching as the newest Martian rover closes in on its journey towards the Red Planet. Curiosity has been trekking through space since last November, and will be completing its 352-million-mile journey on August 5, 10:31 Pacific time. This Sunday, redOrbit will be bringing you live coverage of the event, nicknamed "seven minutes of terror," from the Jet...

Sky Show Before The Mars Landing
2012-07-30 15:56:01

[ Watch The Video ] Every time NASA lands a rover on Mars--or even makes the attempt--it is cause for celebration. On August 5th, the heavens themselves are aligning to mark the event. Only a few hours before the Mars Science Lab spacecraft reaches the red planet and drops Curiosity on a hair-raising descent mission planners have dubbed the "seven minutes of terror," Mars itself will be put on a special show in the sunset skies of Earth: Together with Saturn and Spica (a blue giant star...

Lunar Mission Targeted By China In 2013
2012-07-30 14:20:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China is growing up its space industry quickly, as the country's state-run media outlets announced today that the country is setting its eyes on the Moon again by next year. China News Service said the Chang'e 3 mission would be launching in 2013, helping to carry out surveys on the surface of the moon. Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of China's lunar exploration program, said that the Chang'e 3 mission includes a lander and rover...

Mars Science Laboratory Adjusts Flight Path For Curiosity Landing
2012-07-30 12:36:19

[ Watch the Video: Seven Minutes Of Terror ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the newest rover nears its destination to the Red Planet, NASA engineers made some final adjustments to the Mars Science Laboratory's flight path on Sunday to ensure accuracy. NASA fired up MSL's thrusters for six-seconds, shifting its entrance into the Mars atmosphere by 13 miles. The space agency has its eyes on a 12-mile by 4-mile area of land next to Mount Sharp to land its...