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NASA's Opportunity Rover Turns Into A Martian Mountaineer
2013-10-24 14:24:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Opportunity rover has turned into a mountaineer, climbing the tallest hill it has encountered in the mission’s 10 year history. The Mars Exploration Rover is exploring the outcrops on the northwestern slopes of “Solander Point,” trekking up the hill as much as a field geologist would do. NASA said the outcrops are exposed from several feet to about 20 feet above the surrounding plains. "This is our first real Martian...

Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Oddest 'Blueberries' Yet
2012-09-14 14:19:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity has sent back an image of the Martian surface that is pretty alien compared to what researchers are used to seeing. The image taken by Opportunity's Microscopic Imager contains these spherical objects that measure as much as one-eighth of an inch in diameter. The objects are different from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" that Opportunity has run across before. Preliminary analysis shows...

Evidence of Ancient Water Discovered at Mars Crater
2012-05-04 04:26:16

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity discovered evidence of ancient water at the rim of an ancient impact crater on the planet's surface, according to a new report published in the May 4 edition of the journal Science. The rover, which completed its original three-month mission eight years ago and reached the 4 billion year old Endeavour crater last summer, found evidence that the impact that had originally created the crater released heated, underground water that had deposited zinc...

2011-11-03 04:57:33

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Cornell University Astronomy Professor Steven W. Squyres, as chairman of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), an assembly of experts from various fields that offer guidance and policy advice to the administrator of America's space agency. "I am extremely excited that Steve has accepted the NAC chairmanship," Bolden said. "His experience as a planetary science researcher with many NASA robotic missions will be of great value to the council. The...

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2009-12-02 14:45:00

Homer's Iliad tells the story of Troy, a city besieged by the Greeks in the Trojan War. Today, a lone robot sits besieged in the sands of Troy while engineers and scientists plot its escape. Welcome to "Troy" "“ Mars style. NASA's robotic rover Spirit is bogged down on the Red Planet in a place the rover team named after the ancient city. So why aren't scientists lamenting? "The rover's spinning wheels have broken through a crust, and we've found something supremely interesting in the...

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2009-05-22 15:38:14

Six years after landing on Mars, the rover Spirit is bogged down in Martian soil, researchers at Cornell University said, but Opportunity carries on. The vehicle (Spirit) seems to be in a unique combination of soft, sandy material and slopes that we haven't encountered yet, said Jim Bell, professor of astronomy and leader of the mission's Pancam color camera team. We're not calling this purgatory for Spirit yet, but it has that potential, Bell said. Spirit and its twin, Opportunity, have...

2009-05-21 13:44:00

PASADENA, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of NASA's two Mars rovers has recorded a compelling saga of environmental changes that occurred over billions of years at a Martian crater. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Mars rover, Opportunity, surveyed the rim and interior of Victoria Crater on the Red Planet from September 2006 through August 2008. Key findings from that work, reported in the May 22 edition of the journal Science, reinforce and...

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2009-05-21 14:05:00

One of NASA's two Mars rovers has recorded a compelling saga of environmental changes that occurred over billions of years at a Martian crater. The Mars rover, Opportunity, surveyed the rim and interior of Victoria Crater on the Red Planet from September 2006 through August 2008. Key findings from that work, reported in the May 22 edition of the journal Science, reinforce and expand what researchers learned from Opportunity's exploration of two smaller craters after landing on Mars in 2004....

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2009-01-03 15:00:00

NASA's "Spirit" and "Opportunity" Mars rovers will soon be celebrating five years of memorable missions. The administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California cheered on Spirit's first safe landing on Jan. 3, 2004. Opportunity soon followed 21 days later. However, nobody would have predicted the team would still be operating both rovers in 2009. Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said the...


Latest Scientific information from the Mars Exploration Rover mission Reference Libraries

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2005-05-26 10:41:56

Hematite (AE) or haematite (BE) is the mineral form of Iron (III) oxide, (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. The ore sometimes contains slight amounts of titanium. When shaped into ornaments, it is often called black diamond. Hematite is a very common mineral, coloured black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. Varieties include Bloodstone, Iron Rose, Kidney Ore, Martite, Paint Ore, Specularite (Specular Hematite), Rainbow Hematite...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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