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2011-06-03 08:25:00

A drive of 482 feet (146.8 meters) on June 1, 2011, took NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity past 30 kilometers (18.64 miles) in total odometry during 88 months of driving on Mars. That's 50 times the distance originally planned for the mission and more than 12 times the distance racehorses will run next week at the Belmont Stakes. Opportunity has passed many craters on its crater-hopping tour. One of the youngest of them is "Skylab" crater, which the rover passed last month. Rocks...

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2011-06-01 13:10:03

Two digital color cameras riding high on the mast of NASA's next Mars rover will complement each other in showing the surface of Mars in exquisite detail. They are the left and right eyes of the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, instrument on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launching in late 2011. The right-eye Mastcam looks through a telephoto lens, revealing details near or far with about three-fold better resolution than any previous landscape-viewing camera on...

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2011-05-25 05:15:00

NASA said on Tuesday that it is calling it quits on trying to revive its Mars rover Spirit. The rover has been incommunicado for over a year despite daily calls by NASA.  The reason for Spirit's silence may never be known, but the space agency said it is likely the Martian winter damaged its electronics, preventing the six-wheel rover from waking up. NASA tried every trick to listen for Spirit, but project manager John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the last commands...

2011-05-24 19:04:00

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A transmission that will end on Wednesday, May 25, will be the last in a series of attempts. Extensive communications activities during the past 10 months also have explored the possibility that Spirit might reawaken as the solar energy...

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2011-05-20 06:50:00

When NASA's Opportunity Mars rover uses an onboard navigation capability during backward drives, it leaves a distinctive pattern in the wheel tracks visible on the Martian ground. The rover team routinely commands Opportunity to drive backward as a precaution for extending the life of the rover's right-front wheel, which has been drawing more electrical current than the other five wheels. Rover drivers can command the rover to check for potential hazards in the drive direction, whether the...

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2011-05-13 06:35:00

See it at JPL Open House May 14 and 15 The Spacecraft Assembly Facility of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was constructed in 1961 to support NASA's Ranger and Mariner missions to the moon, Venus and Mars. America had entered the Space Age just three years earlier, with the launch of the JPL-built Explorer 1 spacecraft. The Spacecraft Assembly Facility, also known as JPL Building 179, originally had just one high bay, the large chamber now named High Bay 1. It is about...

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2011-05-05 08:07:38

The team exploring Mars via NASA's Opportunity rover for the past seven years has informally named a Martian crater for the Mercury spacecraft that astronaut Alan Shepard christened Freedom 7. On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted Freedom 7 in America's first human spaceflight. The team is using Opportunity this week to acquire images covering a cluster of small, relatively young craters along the rover's route toward a long-term destination. The cluster's largest crater, spanning about 25 meters...

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2011-04-27 09:15:00

Design techniques honed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for Mars rovers were used to create the rover currently examining the inside of Japan's nuclear reactors, in areas not yet deemed safe for human crews. The iRobot PackBot employs technologies used previously in the design of "Rocky-7," which served as a terrestrial test bed at JPL for the current twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. PackBot's structural features are modeled after Rocky-7, including the...

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2011-04-20 09:19:30

The director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Elachi, is receiving multiple awards and honors this year in the United States and overseas. "I'm extremely pleased to receive all these honors, which reflect the groundbreaking research and projects I've had the opportunity to work on with my colleagues at Caltech, JPL and NASA through the years," Elachi said. This week, Elachi accepted the 2011 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award from the Space Foundation. The...

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2011-04-04 11:56:23

NASA engineers are finishing up the Curiosity rover that is scheduled to launch in Florida later this year. A small army of technicians dressed in protective bunny suits have worked around the clock inside a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles assembling the craft and testing its science instruments. The rover was supposed to launch in 2009, but problems during construction forced a two-year delay. Engineers have been busy testing the spacecraft's various systems...


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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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