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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...

Opportunity Starting 10th Anniversary With New Trek
2013-06-07 13:10:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity is trekking towards a new study area as it closes in on its 10th year anniversary. The space agency said Opportunity is moving towards a destination known as Solander Point, which offers access to a taller stack of geological layering than the area the rover has been working at the past 20 months. "Getting to Solander Point will be like walking up to a road cut where you see a cross section of...

More Than 78,000 Applicants Want To Be Among First Settlers Of Mars
2013-05-08 14:07:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An organization seeking to establish a human settlement on Mars announced on Tuesday that it has received over 78,000 applications. Mars One announced that just two weeks into a 19-week application period it has seen a number of applications come in from over 120 countries, including the US, China, UK, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Argentina and India. “With seventy-eight thousand applications in two weeks,...

Hi-tech Magnetic Sensors Will Soon Boost Terrestrial Travel
2013-04-23 14:42:00

ESA Without hi-tech magnetic sensors, rovers wouldn´t be able to roam around Mars. These same sensors will soon boost terrestrial travel by improving the machinery that molds parts for cars and aircraft here on Earth. These devices will ℠feel´ parts in exquisite detail, noting features like the width and depth of drilled holes, helping to create perfect 3D pictures of each highly complex piece. It takes up to 20 minutes to beam information from Mars to Earth —...

Three From JPL Included On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List
2013-04-19 15:11:39

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth. The list announced today by TIME Magazine includes Don Yeomans, Pete Theisinger and Richard Cook, all at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Yeomans manages NASA's Near-Earth Objects Program Office at JPL, which coordinates the search for and tracking of asteroids and...

Curiosity Heading Towards Spring Break
2013-03-25 12:29:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has been hard at work for seven months now, and the Mars tourist is about to get its own Spring Break. The Red Planet will be passing almost directly behind the Sun from Earth's perspective in April for two weeks, so NASA will be putting the Curiosity mission on hold. The sun is capable of disrupting radio transmissions between the two planets during the near-alignment, so NASA is holding off sending commands to...


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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