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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...

Opportunity Rover Catches Stunning Image Of Endeavour Crater
2012-05-23 03:53:01

Like a tourist waiting for just the right lighting to snap a favorite shot during a stay at the Grand Canyon, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has used a low sun angle for a memorable view of a large Martian crater. The resulting view catches a shadow of the rover in the foreground and the giant basin in the distance. Opportunity is perched on the western rim of Endeavour Crater looking eastward. The crater spans about 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter. Opportunity has been...

Opportunity Comes Back To Life After Fifth Mars Winter
2012-05-10 11:25:26

With its daily supply of solar energy increasing, NASA's durable Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven off the sunward-tilted outcrop, called Greeley Haven, where it worked during its fifth Martian winter. Opportunity's first drive since Dec. 26, 2011, took the rover about 12 feet (3.67 meters) northwest and downhill on Tuesday, May 8. The rover operations team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., received confirmation of the completed drive late Tuesday, relayed...

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2012-05-05 07:18:19

Evidence that there was once water on Mars continues to mount, as the European Space Agency (ESA) and researchers from a U.S. university became the latest to tout findings supporting the theory that there was once H2O on the Red Planet. On Friday, the ESA announced in a press release that their Mars Express space exploration mission had sent back images from the planet which had apparently been formed in part by flowing liquid. The images are of the western part of a massive basin on the...

Evidence of Ancient Water Discovered at Mars Crater
2012-05-04 04:26:16

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity discovered evidence of ancient water at the rim of an ancient impact crater on the planet's surface, according to a new report published in the May 4 edition of the journal Science. The rover, which completed its original three-month mission eight years ago and reached the 4 billion year old Endeavour crater last summer, found evidence that the impact that had originally created the crater released heated, underground water that had deposited zinc...

NASA Planetary Science Budget To Be Cut
2012-02-10 11:42:48

The Obama administration´s upcoming budget for NASA plans to cut $300 million out of the agency´s planetary science program, which could keep any planetary explorations, including Mars missions, grounded. If the budget proposal is adopted by Congress, it would most likely shelve NASA´s ability to participate in two upcoming Mars missions to be carried out in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). But even before any cuts have been unveiled, lawmakers are vowing...

Image 1 - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Traces Of Older Mars Landers
2012-02-08 15:21:21

NASA said on Wednesday that a camera onboard its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded the first color image of Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's landing platform. The image was taken using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the orbiter. Spirit drove off the three-petal lander in January 2004, and spent most of its six-year life in the range of hills about two miles to the east. NASA reported on May 1, 2009 that the rover got stuck in soft soil, officially...

Image 1 - Mars Rover Curiosity Carries A Penny For Camera Checkup
2012-02-08 05:18:49

The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has its own calibration target, a smartphone-size plaque that looks like an eye chart supplemented with color chips and an attached penny. When Curiosity lands on Mars in August, researchers will use this calibration target to test performance of the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI. MAHLI's close-up inspections of Martian rocks and soil will show details so tiny, the calibration target includes reference lines...


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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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