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2012-08-13 07:06:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Was it wreckage from an extraterrestrial spacecraft? Was it a smudge of dirt on the camera lens? Was it a dust devil that just happened to be in the right place at the right time? As it turns out, it was none of the above. The "it" in question was a mysterious smudge that appeared on a photo taken by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity shortly after it landed at Gale Crater early Monday morning. The origin of the smudge in...

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2012-08-12 09:48:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After traveling more than 350 million miles through space en route to the Red Planet, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity landed less than two miles from its target destination when it touched down last Monday, NASA officials have revealed. The $2.6 billion rover, which is currently on a two-year mission in order to determine whether or not the planet's environment could have supported life at some point in the past, missed its...

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2012-08-12 08:16:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity made news headlines around the globe and restored the public's interest in the U.S. space program, but the pressure is on NASA to succeed in future planned missions to the Red Planet. While Curiosity "set the stage for a potentially game-changing quest to learn whether the planet most like Earth ever had a shot at developing life, but follow-up missions exist only on drawing...

Curiosity Sends Back Color Panoramic Photo
2012-08-10 12:17:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is releasing even more photographs taken by the Curiosity rover during its first week of service on the Red Planet. The rover landed on Mars on Sunday night and NASA has been testing the rover out to see if all of its functions work properly. In one of the latest images released by the space agency, you get a full 360-degree view of what Curiosity gets to see on the alien planet in Gale Crater. The panoramic image is in...

Morpheus Lunar Lander
2012-08-10 08:46:59

[ Watch the Video: Morpheus Flight Test Failure ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It took plenty of failures to lead to the success of NASA landing Curiosity on Mars, and while the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team is still all grins over the recent rover mission, a new NASA prototype has taken a step towards eventual success by finding failure this week. The prototype lunar lander Morpheus experienced a malfunction this week during testing, leading the future NASA...

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Lands In Perfect Spot, Produces Stunning Images
2012-08-09 08:12:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA scientists are continuing to celebrate the successful landing of its Curiosity rover and after poring over data to determine the precise point of impact, space officials are even more excited to find that it actually made touchdown in the best spot possible from a scientific point-of-view. And better yet, the rover is sending back visually stunning images from the Martian landscape, images that NASA scientists are likening to...

2012-08-08 23:01:27

With NASA rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity as inspiration, RCBryan & Associates notes the connection between exploration for potential on Mars with exploration for potential in business, and announces their Kick Starter Business Coaching Package. Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) August 08, 2012 The NASA rover, aptly named “Curiosity”, landed on Mars early Monday. The rover is due to explore the Gale Crater and Mount Sharp in order to search for organic molecules, determining...

Curiosity Heat Shield Shown In Detail
2012-08-08 14:25:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a high-resolution image of Curiosity's heat shield after it was jettisoned from the Mars Science Laboratory, and headed for a Martian impact. The latest color full-resolution image was taken by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI. The image shows the 15-foot diameter heat shield when it was just about 50 feet from Curiosity in free fall. "This image shows the inside surface of the heat shield, with...

Galactic Suite Vying For Google Lunar X Prize
2012-08-08 13:37:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Keeping their eyes on the prize, one team is attempting to win the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize to send a rover to the moon. Galactic Suite announced it has signed a launch service contract for a Chinese rocket that will carry its robot to the moon in June 2014. The Google Lunar X Prize is an incentive competition that challenges space professionals and engineers to build and launch a privately funded lunar rover that...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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