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2010-07-08 06:55:00

We've Got Wheels! Six of them! And these wheels aren't meant for the concrete roadways, bustling freeways, or sleepy highways"”they're destined for off-roading on Mars. The Curiosity rover team just installed six shiny aluminum wheels on the rover, giving the rover its "legs." Unlike previous missions that used air bags for landing on the Martian surface, Curiosity is touching down wheels first! The rover, which is about the size of an SUV, has wheels that are 50 centimeters (20 inches)...

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2010-07-02 08:00:00

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is sitting pretty on a set of spiffy new wheels that would be the envy of any car show on Earth. The wheels and a suspension system were added this week by spacecraft technicians and engineers. These new and important touches are a key step in assembling and testing the flight system in advance of a planned 2011 launch. Curiosity, centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is a six-wheeler and uses a rocker-bogie suspension system like its...

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2010-06-29 13:55:00

Mars rover team members have begun informally naming features around the rim of Endeavour Crater, as they develop plans to investigate that destination when NASA's Opportunity rover arrives there after many more months of driving. A new, super-resolution view of a portion of Endeavour's rim reveals details that were not discernible in earlier images from the rover. Several high points along the rim can be correlated with points discernible from orbit. Super-resolution is an imaging technique...

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2010-06-29 07:02:33

NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals. Researchers will use Curiosity in an intriguing area of Mars to search for modern or ancient habitable environments, including any that may have also been favorable for preserving clues about life and environment. The team assembling and testing Curiosity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.,...

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2010-06-16 10:15:00

NASA scientists are scouting out four potential stomping grounds for a new rover, as the Phoenix Mars lander was officially declared dead in late May. The new Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is set for launch in November 2011.  The new robot lab, known as Curiosity, is expected to determine whether Mars is or was ever habitable to microbial life. "We will either land in Disneyland or in the parking lot next to Disneyland," said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity deputy project scientist at...

2010-06-03 14:28:00

PASADENA, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rocks examined by NASA's Spirit Mars Rover hold evidence of a wet, non-acidic ancient environment that may have been favorable for life. Confirming this mineral clue took four years of analysis by several scientists. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) An outcrop that Spirit examined in late 2005 revealed high concentrations of carbonate, which originates in wet, near-neutral conditions, but dissolves in...

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2010-06-03 13:35:00

Rocks examined by NASA's Spirit Mars Rover hold evidence of a wet, non-acidic ancient environment that may have been favorable for life. Confirming this mineral clue took four years of analysis by several scientists. An outcrop that Spirit examined in late 2005 revealed high concentrations of carbonate, which originates in wet, near-neutral conditions, but dissolves in acid. The ancient water indicated by this find was not acidic. NASA's rovers have found other evidence of formerly wet...

2010-05-24 14:20:00

PASADENA, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. A new image transmitted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander's solar panels. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The Phoenix spacecraft succeeded in its investigations and exceeded its planned lifetime," said Fuk Li, manager of the...

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2010-05-24 14:35:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. A new image transmitted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander's solar panels. "The Phoenix spacecraft succeeded in its investigations and exceeded its planned lifetime," said Fuk Li, manager of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Although its work is finished, analysis of...

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2010-05-22 07:15:00

Earlier this month, Mars Exploration Project manager John Callas updated a NASA audience at the Marshall Space Flight Center about future prospects for the Mars rovers. Spirit, he says, is in peril from the advancing Martian winter, and Opportunity could soon run into trouble as the rover attempts a daring trek across dangerous terrain. Nevertheless, both rovers are still in the hunt for new discoveries. In other words, it's business as usual on Mars. His report began with the "lucky rover,"...


Latest Spirit rover Reference Libraries

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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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