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Mars Curiosity Rover - A Look Back At 2013
2013-12-20 04:35:50

[ Watch the Video: Looking Back AT A Productive Year For Curiosity Rover ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a new year around the corner, redOrbit decided to take a look back at NASA’s most-prized rover’s accomplishments over the past year, looking at everything from breakthrough discoveries in Martian soil samples to Curiosity’s 100,00th laser shot. Over the past year, Mars exploration has made the biggest headlines, particularly due to NASA’s...

NASA's Opportunity Rover Turns Into A Martian Mountaineer
2013-10-24 14:24:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Opportunity rover has turned into a mountaineer, climbing the tallest hill it has encountered in the mission’s 10 year history. The Mars Exploration Rover is exploring the outcrops on the northwestern slopes of “Solander Point,” trekking up the hill as much as a field geologist would do. NASA said the outcrops are exposed from several feet to about 20 feet above the surrounding plains. "This is our first real Martian...

Applications For Martian Settlement Program Pass 200,000
2013-09-10 12:07:44

[ Watch the Video: All Applications In For One-way Trip To Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A project to create a human settlement on Mars announced that it has received over 200,000 applicants interested in leaving Earth for a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. Mars One said that its Astronaut Selection Program has now closed for applications, but in the five months it was open it received interest from 202,586 people from over 140 countries. The...

mars rover curiosity
2013-09-07 03:45:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most people have someone they know who has a job they are a little envious of, but there are few people in this world who have careers that even some of the most coveted positioned people envy — driving a rover on Mars. Last year, NASA landed its fourth rover on Mars and kickstarted a mission that would unveil more about the Red Planet than ever before. This rover has provided incredible imagery of our neighboring planet, and has...

Opportunity To Investigate Mars' Ancient Past At Solander Point
2013-08-15 07:02:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Opportunity rover has been plugging away on the Red Planet now for more than nine years and has survived several Martian winters. The rover is now studying a rocky layer on the edge of “Solander Point” that shows signs of an acidic wet past and a much older neutral wet environment. Solander Point was picked as a target for Opportunity months ago as it was wrapping up work at “Cape York” and preparing for the...

NASA Opportunity Trip To Key Mars Destination Is Half Over
2013-07-03 13:14:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the halfway point while on route to its next destination: Solander Point. Opportunity is now more than half of the distance needed to get from a site where it spent 22 months to the next destination. NASA said the rover has less than half a mile to go to finish the 1.2-mile trek from one crater-rim segment called "Cape York" towards "Solander Point." "We are making very...

Testing Mars Lasers In Desert
2013-06-25 10:18:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Looking for the closest representation of otherworldly environments on Earth? Look no further than the Atacama desert. It covers a large strip of the Pacific coast west of the Andes, spanning four South American countries. One swath of this desert found in Chile is commonly compared to the Martian surface and has been used by NASA to test tools designed to search for life in a harsh environment. Now, scientists from Washington...

Mars May Have Had Oxygen Atmosphere Four Billion Years Ago
2013-06-19 19:49:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Oxford University scientists reported in the journal Nature that Mars may have had an oxygen-rich atmosphere four billion years ago. The team examined differences between Martian meteorites and surface rocks examined by NASA's Spirit rover in the Gusev crater on Mars. Surface rocks are five times richer in nickel than the meteorites, which created some mystery for scientists as to whether the meteorites are typical volcanic...


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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Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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