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Curiosity's Sky Crane Has A Big Job
2012-08-01 15:05:47

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] On August 5th at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Time, NASA will gently deposit their new, 2000-pound Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, wheels-first and ready to roll. Quite a feat — because it will come screaming through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Curiosity, aka the Mars Science Laboratory, will be the largest mission ever to land on another planet. It's big because it has a big mystery to solve: was Mars ever or is it still...

Sky Show Before The Mars Landing
2012-07-30 15:56:01

[ Watch The Video ] Every time NASA lands a rover on Mars--or even makes the attempt--it is cause for celebration. On August 5th, the heavens themselves are aligning to mark the event. Only a few hours before the Mars Science Lab spacecraft reaches the red planet and drops Curiosity on a hair-raising descent mission planners have dubbed the "seven minutes of terror," Mars itself will be put on a special show in the sunset skies of Earth: Together with Saturn and Spica (a blue giant star...

Odyssey Repositioned To Transmit Curiosity Landing To NASA
2012-07-25 07:56:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In preparation for the upcoming Curiosity rover landing on the Red Planet, the Mars orbiter Odyssey has successfully repositioned itself into an orbital location that will allow for prompt confirmation to Earth of a successful landing. Curiosity, which is being carried to the Red Planet aboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), can send limited data directly to Earth as it enters the atmosphere on Mars. Before the landing, Earth...

Opportunity On A Martian Marathon Mission
2012-07-20 11:29:22

[Watch the Video] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA, busy planning for the landing of its Curiosity rover on the Red Planet in August 2012, is perhaps getting into the Olympic spirit after the Mars Exploration Rover team announced Wednesday that another of its rovers, Opportunity, is on par to complete a Martian marathon. When Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004, it was only planned to travel a mere 2,000 feet (less than a half mile). Yet, 8 years after its...

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2012-07-16 19:59:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's newest member to the Mars rover family is nearing the end of its journey through space, but its hurdles are all but over. The space agency said that getting the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface will be all but easy on August 5. "The Curiosity landing is the hardest NASA mission ever attempted in the history of robotic planetary exploration," John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate,...

Mars Rover Opportunity Image Goes Full-Circle
2012-07-06 04:36:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a panoramic photo of the Martian surface taken by its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during the winter months. The rover completed its 3,000th day on Mars on July 2, helping NASA to reach past 15 years of having a robotic presence on the Red Planet. The space agency released a photo taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam), showing the terrain where the explorer spent its most recent Martian winter. NASA...

NASA Trims Down Curiosity's Landing Strip
2012-06-11 13:28:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com NASA has trimmed down the distance that its new Mars rover will have to drive by getting Curiosity closer to its target spot after landing. The space agency announced on Monday that it has cut down the distance the car-sized rover will drive by almost half. The new landing spot gets Curiosity closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard, while at the same time getting the rover months ahead of schedule for arrival at the mountain....

Future Mars Mission Submissions Pour In To NASA
2012-05-25 10:58:59

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com NASA said it has received 400 mission concepts from scientists and engineers for a future Mars mission. Scientists and engineers submitted their ideas to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was an event put together by NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Both individuals and teams submitted their visions to the NASA program for a new strategy to explore the Red Planet. The space agency is reformulating the Mars...

Tumbleweed Inspires Next Generation Mars Rover Design
2012-05-23 13:35:48

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com North Carolina State University researchers are proposing that a wind-driven "tumbleweed" Mars rover would be capable of moving across the Red Planet's rocky terrain. The scientists developed a computer model to determine how varying the diameter and mass of a tumbleweed rover would affect its speed and ability to avoid getting stuck in Martian rock fields, which are common on the surface of the planet. “We found that, in general, the larger the...


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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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