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2014-03-18 12:21:13

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon's north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the...

2014-03-12 16:21:34

HOUSTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New perspectives of the moon, initial results from the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission and a geophysical perspective on the structure and evolution of planetary bodies will highlight the 45(th) Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 17 to 21 near Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The conference will include presentations on these topics and a special session on...

NASA's LRO Views Chang'e Lunar Rover Landing Site
2014-03-05 08:31:44

NASA Chang'e 3 landed on the moon's Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains), on Dec. 14, 2013. The LROC instrument aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now imaged the Chinese lander and rover three times: Dec. 25, 2013 (M1142582775R), Jan. 21, 2014 (M1144936321L), and Feb. 17, 2014 (M1147290066R). From month-to-month the solar incidence angle decreased steadily from 77 degrees to 45 degrees (incidence angle at sunset is 90 degrees); due to the latitude of the site (44.1214 degrees north,...

MAVEN Electra Relay Radio
2014-03-03 04:21:23

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory The team operating NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission successfully completed, on Feb. 19, 2014, the initial post-launch power-on and checkout of the spacecraft's Electra Ultra High Frequency Transceiver. This wraps up the initial checkouts of all payloads on the MAVEN spacecraft, with everything performing as expected. MAVEN will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars to provide understanding about processes that led to the loss of...

mars striations
2014-02-27 12:04:34

NASA NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has reached an area where orbital images had piqued researchers' interest in patches of ground with striations all oriented in a similar direction. A close-up look at some of the striations from the rover's Navigation Camera gains extra drama by including Mount Sharp in the background. The lower slopes of that layered mountain are the mission's long-term science destination. The foreground rocks are in an outcrop called "Junda," which the rover passed...

curiosity looks back
2014-02-20 11:08:34

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the rover covered 329 feet (100.3 meters), the mission's first long trek that used reverse driving and its farthest one-day advance of any kind in more than three months. The reverse drive validated feasibility of a technique developed with testing on Earth to lessen damage to...

China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Reawakens After Short Hibernation
2014-02-14 14:51:58

[ Watch the Video: Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Wakes Up ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a dramatic, albeit premature eulogy, China’s lunar rover has sprung back to life like a zombie from The Walking Dead. In January, technical difficulties forced the rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, into a hibernation period from which many said it may never emerge. "The Jade Rabbit went into sleep under an abnormal status," explained China’s space program spokesperson Pei...

NASA's LADEE Sends Its First Lunar Images Back To Earth
2014-02-14 11:28:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory has sent its first images of the moon back to Earth. LADEE uses its star tracker instrument to help calibrate itself and determine its orientation in space. These images represent the first time that NASA officials have commanded LADEE to send images back to Earth. "Star tracker cameras are actually not very good at taking ordinary images," Butler Hine, LADEE...

curiosity tracks across dune
2014-02-12 07:45:08

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge. The rover covered 135 feet (41.1 meters) on Feb. 9, in its first drive since the 23-foot (7-meter) crossing of the dune on Feb. 6. That put Curiosity's total odometry since its August 2012 landing at 3.09 miles (4.97 kilometers). An animated sequence of images from the low-slung Hazard-Avoidance Camera...

Mars Mission Agreement Signed By NASA And French Space Agency
2014-02-11 10:47:06

Dwayne Brown / Michael Braukus - NASA NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France (CNES), signed an implementing agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. "This new agreement strengthens the partnership between NASA and CNES in planetary science research, and builds on more than 20...


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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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