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2009-12-21 10:00:00

WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) today announced that, effective immediately, it will commence direct international parts sales and distribution. In making this announcement, Spirit is responding to customers' expressed desire to deal directly with Spirit and not through an intermediary. Spirit's sales and distribution network has developed and matured since its separation from Boeing in 2005 and the company is now fully capable of...

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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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2009-11-19 07:19:17

Because the first extrication drive for Spirit, on Sol 2088 (Nov. 17), stopped as soon as it began due to an exceeded tilt limit, the plan for an extrication drive on Sol 2090 (Nov. 19) will essentially be a repeat of the first drive plan, but with improved rover attitude knowledge. The updated attitude knowledge comes from the rover's measurement of its tilt on Sol 2088. In the Sol 2090 plan, the rover will be instructed to drive straight ahead in two steps. Each step will be a commanded...

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2009-11-12 12:20:00

NASA will begin transmitting commands to its Mars exploration rover Spirit on Monday as part of an escape plan to free the venerable robot from its Martian sand trap. Spirit has been lodged at a site scientists call "Troy" since April 23. Researchers expect the extraction process to be long and the outcome uncertain based on tests here on Earth this spring that simulated conditions at the Martian site. "This is going to be a lengthy process, and there's a high probability attempts to free...

2009-11-09 13:56:42

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 12, to discuss attempts to free the Mars rover Spirit from sandy soil where the venerable robot has been stuck for the past six months. The participants are: - Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters in Washington - John Callas, project manager, Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. - Ashley Stroupe, rover driver, Mars Exploration Rovers, JPL - Ray...

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2009-10-30 14:25:00

If you found your grandmother's diary, tattered and dust covered, up in the attic, would you read it? Of course you would. Granny was a pistol! Brush off the dust, open up the little book, and foray into her lively and interesting past. Dust cloaks some fascinating tales in other places, too. NASA scientists will soon brush the dust off some Martian rocks that are practically bursting their seams to give their lively account of the red planet's past. The Mars Science Lab -- aptly named...

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2009-09-17 09:30:25

A computer system is under development that can automatically combine images of the Martian surface, captured by landers or rovers, in order to reproduce a three dimensional view of the red planet. The resulting model can be viewed from any angle, giving astronomers a realistic and immersive impression of the landscape. This important new development will be presented at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam by Dr Michal Havlena on Tuesday 15 September. "The feeling of...

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2009-09-15 10:55:00

NASA says freeing its Mars rover Spirit that's been stuck in loose martian sand since April will be very difficult and might even prove impossible. The space agency said tests at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., that simulate Spirit's predicament have reinforced the understanding that getting Spirit to rove again will be a complex task. To supplement those tests, NASA's rover team is refining a detailed computer model of rover mobility, calibrated with results from testing...

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2009-09-10 05:51:19

Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast. This robot, the Benthic Rover, has been providing scientists with an entirely new view of life on the deep seafloor. It will also give scientists a way to document the effects of climate change on the deep sea. The Rover is the result of four years of hard work...

2009-08-26 13:58:37

NASA says its Mars rover Spirit, which has been stuck in loose martian sand since April, is losing power due to a dust storm that's blocking its solar panels. The amount of electricity generated by the solar panels on Spirit has been declining for the past several Martian days, or sols, as a regional dust storm moved southward and blocked some of the sunshine at Spirit's location, the space agency said. The team operating the rover has responsively trimmed Spirit's daily activities and is...


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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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