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Curiosity To Dig Deeper For Evidence Of Life On Mars
2012-07-06 07:24:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, NASA's new Curiosity rover may be capable of digging deep enough to find evidence of ancient life on Mars. The findings suggest optimal depths and locations to probe for organic molecules like those that compose living organisms could be reached through the Curiosity rover, which is expected to land on the Red Planet on August 5, 2012. If there is any evidence...

Mars Rover Opportunity Image Goes Full-Circle
2012-07-06 04:36:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a panoramic photo of the Martian surface taken by its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during the winter months. The rover completed its 3,000th day on Mars on July 2, helping NASA to reach past 15 years of having a robotic presence on the Red Planet. The space agency released a photo taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam), showing the terrain where the explorer spent its most recent Martian winter. NASA...

Fireworks Over Mars
2012-07-02 16:16:59

One month and a day after celebrating its independence with fireworks exhibitions throughout the country, America will carry its penchant for awe-inspiring aerial pyrotechnic displays to the skies of another world. Some pyrotechnics will be as small as the energy released by a box of matches. One packs the same oomph as a stick of TNT. Whether they be large or small, on the evening of August 5th (Pacific time), all 76 must work on cue as NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, carried by the Mars...

NASA Engineers Fix Orbiter Millions Of Miles Away
2012-06-28 15:36:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is back in business after the spacecraft found itself placed into "safe" mode earlier this month. The spacecraft's flight team returned the orbiter back to full service this week after a two-week sequence of activities to recover Odyssey from safe mode. The orbiter switched itself to safe mode when one of the three primary reaction wheels used for altitude control stuck for a few minutes on June 8....

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2012-06-27 19:43:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com NASA made some slight adjustments to its Mars Science Laboratory's flight path on Tuesday, ensuring its rover makes an accurate landing to the Martian site. The one-ton rover is expected to arrive at the Red Planet on August 5, 2012, after venturing through space towards Mars since its November 26, 2011 launch. The landing will mark the beginning of the rover's two-year prime mission to investigate whether Mars ever offered an environment favorable for...

ESA Tests Out Rover In Chile Desert
2012-06-19 04:45:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com A challenge that ESA set out to have an engineering team create a rover that could steer itself in a Martian desert has finally been met. After six months, engineers on the StarTiger team created a fully autonomous vehicle capable of charting its own course through Chile's Atacama Desert. “Their challenge was to demonstrate how a planetary rover — programmed with state-of-the-art software for autonomous navigation and making decisions —...

NASA Trims Down Curiosity's Landing Strip
2012-06-11 13:28:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com NASA has trimmed down the distance that its new Mars rover will have to drive by getting Curiosity closer to its target spot after landing. The space agency announced on Monday that it has cut down the distance the car-sized rover will drive by almost half. The new landing spot gets Curiosity closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard, while at the same time getting the rover months ahead of schedule for arrival at the mountain....

Tumbleweed Inspires Next Generation Mars Rover Design
2012-05-23 13:35:48

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com North Carolina State University researchers are proposing that a wind-driven "tumbleweed" Mars rover would be capable of moving across the Red Planet's rocky terrain. The scientists developed a computer model to determine how varying the diameter and mass of a tumbleweed rover would affect its speed and ability to avoid getting stuck in Martian rock fields, which are common on the surface of the planet. “We found that, in general, the larger the...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.