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Mars Rovers Carry 9/11 Tributes
2011-09-09 06:25:16

  In September 2001, Honeybee Robotics employees in lower Manhattan were building a pair of tools for grinding weathered rinds off rocks on Mars, so that scientific instruments on NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity could inspect the rocks' interiors. That month's attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, less than a mile away, shook the lives of the employees and millions of others. Work on the rock abrasion tools needed to meet a tight schedule to...

2011-09-02 11:06:00

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Philip R. Christensen, the principal investigator for numerous instruments of Mars exploration carried on NASA spacecraft, will receive the 2011 Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Award Oct. 13 at Arizona State University. The award, established five years ago by ASU's BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, is given annually to a leading scientist in honor of his or her life and work. It is named for Shoemaker, who is known for pioneering...

2011-09-01 15:18:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The initial work of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity at its new location on Mars shows surface compositional differences from anything the robot has studied in its first 7.5 years of exploration. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Opportunity arrived three weeks ago at the rim of a 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater named Endeavour. The first rock it examined is flat-topped and about the size of a footstool....

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2011-09-01 14:45:22

  NASA said on Thursday that its Opportunity rover has started to study Martian surface composition from its new location. Opportunity arrived earlier in August at the rim of a 14-mile-wide crater named Endeavour.  The first rock examined by the rover was flat-topped and about the size of a footstool, according to NASA. "This is different from any rock ever seen on Mars," Steve Squyres, principal investigator for Opportunity at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said in a...

2011-08-31 08:35:34

NASA will host a media teleconference on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 12:30 p.m. PDT to discuss progress of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Opportunity reached the Martian Endeavour crater earlier this month after years of driving. The teleconference participants are: -- Dave Lavery, program executive, Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- Steve Squyres, principal investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. -- Ray Arvidson,...

2011-08-10 10:42:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Aug. 9, the golf cart-sized rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. Opportunity drove approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) after climbing out of the Victoria crater....

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2011-08-10 11:25:00

NASA said on Wednesday that its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the planet's Endeavour Crater after a three year journey. The rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. NASA selected "Spirit Point" as an informal name for the site to commemorate Opportunity's rover twin, Spirit, which ended communication and finished its mission earlier this year. Opportunity has driven roughly 13 miles since climbing out of the Victoria crater. "NASA is...

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2011-08-09 04:50:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is poised to reach the rim of a large crater, beginning a new phase of research for the rover. Opportunity drove out of Victoria crater in August 2008, and now only 2 miles stand in its way of driving out of Endeavour crater. NASA selected "Spirit Point" as an informal name for the site on the rim where Opportunity will arrive at the Endeavour crater. The choice commemorates Opportunity's rover twin, Spirit, which ended communication and finished...

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2011-07-19 13:45:00

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven over 20 miles in seven years, which is over 50 times the mission's original distance goal. NASA said the rover completed a 407-foot drive on July 17 that took Opportunity past the 20-mile mark.  The drive brought Opportunity to within a few drives of reaching the rim of Endeavour crater, which is the rover team's long-term destination since mid-2008. The crater is about 14-miles in diameter, and its western rim exposes outcrops that...

2011-07-19 08:51:19

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce the selected landing site for the agency's latest Mars rover. The event will be in the museum's Moving Beyond Earth Gallery. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the event. Participating in the news conference: -- John Grant, geologist, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum National, Washington -- Michael Meyer, Mars Exploration Program...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Deimos -- outermost of two small moons orbiting the planet Mars. Deimos orbits Mars at a distance of about 23,500 km (about 14,100 mi), completing an orbit once every 1.26 Earth days. The moon's orbit is almost circular and is only slightly tilted relative to the Martian equator. Deimos is irregular in shape, measuring about 15 km (about 9 mi) along its longest side and about 11 km (about 6.6 mi) along its shortest side. It is the smallest known moon in the solar system. If...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Phobos -- in astronomy, innermost moon, or natural satellite, of Mars. Phobos orbits Mars at a distance of only 9,378 km (5,627 mi), closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. In fact, it is so close that the force of Mars's gravity is stronger than the force keeping the moon in its orbit, so the radius of Phobos's orbit is decreasing at the rate of about 1.8 m (about 6 ft) per century. In 40 million years, Phobos will either break apart into a ring...

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