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New Precision Landing Software Being Tested By JPL, Masten
2013-08-13 07:22:18

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight-control algorithm that could allow for even more precise, pinpoint landings of future Martian spacecraft. Flight testing of the new Fuel Optimal Large Divert Guidance algorithm - G-FOLD for short - for planetary pinpoint landing is being conducted jointly by JPL engineers in cooperation with...

Mars Rover Curiosity Ends First Year On Mars, Prepares For Year Two
2013-08-04 04:49:35

[ Watch the Video: Twelve Months in Two Minutes - Curiosity's First Year on Mars ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online This week marks the one-year anniversary of the NASA Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars, and the start of its search for evidence suggesting that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting microbial life. Curiosity, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in November 2011, touched down in Gale Crater on...

Media Accreditation Open At NASA's Wallops For NASA's New Moon Mission Launch
2013-07-31 08:04:23

NASA Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission in September from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington funds the LADEE mission, a cooperative effort led by NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Ames is responsible for managing the mission, building the spacecraft and performing mission operations. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., is...

Laser Communications Ready For Moon Mission
2013-07-30 08:38:13

ESA An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA's observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter. The laboratory testing paves the way for a live space demonstration in October, once NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer -- LADEE -- begins orbiting the Moon. LADEE carries a terminal that can...

Mars Atmosphere
2013-07-18 16:00:41

[ Watch the Video: Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has helped bring in some new insights about how Mars lost its original atmosphere. Scientists believe the original Martian atmosphere was much thicker than it is today, leading many to wonder how it became so thin. The Mars Curiosity laboratory has provided some clues into this mystery, which scientists recently reported about in the journal Science....

Curiosity Rover Travels Over One Kilometer
2013-07-17 13:03:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Following its latest drive, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity surpassed the one kilometer milestone in distance traveled since it landed on the Red Planet, officials from the US space agency have announced. The latest journey covered approximately 38 meters or 125 feet, bringing the total distance traveled by the rover to 1.029 kilometers or 3,376 feet, NASA said. The drive was completed during the early afternoon hours...

Curiosity Completes Third Drive, Covers 135 Feet In One Day
2013-07-13 07:32:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday, July 9, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet. This was the third drive of a journey of many months from the "Glenelg" area to Mount Sharp. The mission finished its investigation of science targets in the Glenelg area last week. Glenelg is about 500 yards east of Curiosity's landing site. The next major destination for Curiosity is at the lower layers of Mount Sharp, approximately 5 miles southwest of Glenelg. The...

Mars Rover Curiosity Heads Toward Mount Sharp
2013-07-09 09:35:45

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory With drives on July 4 and July 7, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has departed its last science target in the "Glenelg" area and commenced a many-month overland journey to the base of the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp. The rover finished close-up investigation of a target sedimentary outcrop called "Shaler" last week. On July 4, it drove 59 feet (18 meters) away from Shaler. On July 7, a second drive added another 131 feet (40 meters) on the trip...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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