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NASA said on Tuesday that it is calling it quits on trying to revive its Mars rover Spirit.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Elachi, is receiving multiple awards and honors this year in the United States and overseas.
NASA engineers are finishing up the Curiosity rover that is scheduled to launch in Florida later this year.
Planetary scientists claim that all life on Earth could be descended from organisms that originated on Mars which were carried over by meteorites.
Hopes for reviving NASA's Spirit Mars rover dimmed further with passage of the point at which the rover's locale received its maximum sunshine for the Martian year.
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...
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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