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Curiosity's Mars Descent In High Definition
2012-08-24 10:25:39

Video: Curiosity Landing On Mars In High Resolution Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA posted a high-resolution video of its Curiosity rover as it descended towards the Mars surface during its "seven minutes of terror." The high resolution video starts recording the descent once the heat shield was jettisoned from the rover, exposing it to the Red Planet's surface for the first time. The movie is composed of multiple high resolution images its Mars Descent...

Curiosity Takes A Stroll Across Martian Surface
2012-08-23 05:02:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online “Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.” “• Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles NASA announced that Curiosity has begun driving across the Martian landscape, leaving its landing site for the first time since the August 5th landing. Combining forward, turn and reverse segments, Curiosity made its first movements, ending up roughly 20...

Tango Delta Nominal - First Words Of Safe Landing On Mars
2012-08-22 08:32:39

10:32 p.m. on the evening of Aug. 5 was turning out to be one long minute for Steve Sell. Of course, the previous six had been significantly protracted as well. When added together, the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover had been touted as "Seven Minutes of Terror," and as far as Sell was concerned things were trending in that direction. What the 42-year-old engineer from Gettysburg, Pa., wanted more than anything in that seventh minute was to hear the words "UHF...

Curiosity wiggling its wheels
2012-08-22 08:08:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover has been sitting in one spot on the Red Planet since it first touched down back on August 5, but NASA says its controllers are preparing it for its first drive. NASA has been testing out Curiosity's instruments, getting it all geared up for its primary two year mission to search for ancient extraterrestrial life on Mars. In the past few weeks, the rover has been taking photos from various cameras, and even...

Student Gives Commands To Mars Rover
2012-08-21 15:24:37

Children are often mystified by remote control cars and how they can control them with a device while standing several feet away from them. This past week, Chris Tate was mystified by the same power–only he was controlling something 150 million miles away, on another planet. The UT physics doctoral student had the rare opportunity to control one of the science instruments on NASA´s Curiosity rover on Mars. Tate is working with Jeffrey Moersch, associate professor in the...

Curiosity Gets All Grabby
2012-08-21 14:59:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some of the recent news from the Mars Curiosity rover can seem incredibly trivial and elementary at first. Once the full realization of the importance and extreme difficulty involved in every part of this process sinks in, these little motions and achievements once thought to be trivial become truly a thing of magic and wonder. To put it differently, every little thing the Curiosity Mars Rover does is magic. As such, NASA...

Mars Rover Curiosity Assigned Its First Task
2012-08-18 06:44:37

Watch the Video: ChemCam Field of View redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Curiosity's first destination will be a natural intersection of three types of terrain known as Glenelg, located some 1,300 feet (400 meters) east southeast of its landing site, NASA officials have announced. One of the terrain types at Glenelg, which was chosen by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Principal Investigator John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, is layered...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin