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Team From NASA Laying Plans To Observe New Worlds
2014-07-24 03:35:07

Lori Keesey, NASA It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. For example, the iconic Hubble Space Telescope — arguably the greatest telescope in history and certainly the most recognized — was proposed in the 1940s. Its development began in the 1970s and it launched in 1990. Similarly, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch in 2018, 23 years after work began on the concept. And if approved for development, the Wide-Field Infrared...

2014-07-23 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships," said John Grunsfeld, associate...

Mare Tranquillitatis pit crater
2014-07-21 08:23:00

Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards) in diameter, and three of them were first...

martian landscape
2014-07-19 04:47:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from University of Oregon (OU) geologist Gregory Retallack suggests that soil samples taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover contain evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter. His findings, published online in Geology, are based on images and data of 3.7 billion year old soil collected in the Gale crater. Previous rovers have revealed the Martian landscape is littered with loose rocks created by impacts or layered...

2014-07-17 12:21:30

RICHMOND, BC, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received a follow-on contract for CA$6.6 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. The total contract value to-date is $25 million. MDA will build a laser-based instrument that will be used for the six-month task of mapping the surface of the 500 metre...

Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
2014-07-17 04:00:42

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flashes appear on a baseball-size Martian rock in a series of images taken Saturday, July 12 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. The flashes occurred while the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument fired multiple laser shots to investigate the rock's composition. ChemCam's laser has zapped more than 600 rock and soil targets on Mars since Curiosity landed in the planet's Gale...

NASA Mars Orbiter Sees Rover Crossing Into New Zone
2014-07-09 03:18:30

Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Mars rover Curiosity has driven out of the ellipse, approximately 4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers), that was mapped as safe terrain for its 2012 landing inside Gale Crater. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the rover on June 27 at the end of a drive that put Curiosity right on the ellipse boundary. The landing ellipse is the...

LDSD test vehicle drop
2014-06-28 23:00:49

NASA/JPL A news teleconference has been scheduled for tomorrow, June 29, at 7 a.m. HST (10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT) to discuss the near-space test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), which occurred today above the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The balloon launch occurred at 8:45 a.m. HST (11:45 a.m. PDT/2:45 p.m. EDT) from the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. At 11:05 a.m. HST (2:05 p.m. PDT/5:05 p.m. EDT),...

NASA Holds Special Day For Women Working On Curiosity Team
2014-06-27 07:43:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In recent years, there has been a push to encourage girls and young women to become interested in the STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. To further this aim, and celebrate the anniversary of the Mars rover Curiosity completing its first Martian year this week (687 Earth days), NASA and the Curiosity team planned a special staffing day on June 26th. Each day that Curiosity spends on Mars requires several dozen...

2014-06-24 12:21:44

UltraFlex Solar Arrays Will Provide All Electrical Power for InSight Lander ARLINGTON, Va., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA's InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the red planet's deep interior. The mission will give us a better understanding of the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system, including...


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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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