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2013-11-21 20:20:18

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is ready to begin collecting science data about the moon. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Nov. 20, the spacecraft successfully entered its planned orbit around the moon's equator -- a unique position allowing the small probe to make frequent passes from lunar day to lunar night. This will provide a full scope of the changes and processes...

Curiosity Mars Shut Down Soft Short
2013-11-21 10:16:07

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Operations Suspended Temporarily ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has suspended its rover Curiosity operations on Mars to check for possible causes of a voltage change detected this week. The space agency announced that engineers are investigating a “soft” short, which is a leak through a material that is partially conductive of electricity, rather than a hard short like one electrical wire contacting another....

2013-11-20 20:20:30

RICHMOND, BC, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has been authorized to proceed with development of a Payload Orbital Delivery system (POD) for the DARPA Phoenix mission. The expected contract value for full development of the flight system is US$6 million. The POD concept is an innovative and cost-effective solution to rapidly deliver small...

2013-11-20 20:20:28

RICHMOND, BC, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has been selected for additional robotics work for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Phoenix Program. MDA has started work under the next phase of the Phoenix Program, with related contracts expected to total approximately US$10 million. The work will be carried out by...

Algorithm To Help Analyze Soil Images From Mars Rover Curiosity
2013-11-16 04:26:45

[ Watch the Video: Getting Up Close And Personal With Mars Soil Samples ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the instruments on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity are able to easily identify the chemical composition of rocks, measure the speed of the wind and snap amazing images from mast-mounted cameras, the process of analyzing soil images can be a somewhat daunting task, according to researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU). After all, the...

Curiosity Back In Nominal Surface Operations Mode
2013-11-13 10:37:46

NASA NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday (Nov. 10) that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode. Curiosity had been in safe mode since Nov. 7, when an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) occurred during a communications pass with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Mission science planning will resume tomorrow, and Curiosity science operations will recommence on Thursday. "We...

Iguana On Mars
2013-11-08 13:44:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A UFO hunter claims to have discovered an iguana on Mars in the shape of a rock using photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. A YouTube user going by the name of UFO HuntingClouds posted a video this week on YouTube displaying a photograph of rocks taken on the surface of Mars earlier this year. The rock featured in the top right of the image has a very-vague resemblance to what could be a fossilized iguana, and it is sparking some...

LADEE Laser Advancing Space Communications
2013-11-04 18:16:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbiter is working with the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ground station on the island of Tenerife to deliver data like never before about the Moon. LADEE was launched on September 7 and began orbiting the Moon in October with a mission to analyze the Moon’s environment. The spacecraft is carrying a new laser terminal capable of delivering data at speeds that are far...

2013-11-04 12:21:23

SSL aims to develop designs, processes and business terms to carry smaller spacecraft on its GEO satellite bus as part of the DARPA Phoenix program PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to develop designs, processes and business terms for carrying small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform. Under phase two of the U.S....

Mars Curiosity Solo Drive Approaching Cooperstown
2013-10-30 09:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover finished its first two-day autonomous roll across the Martian landscape on Monday, bringing the roving laboratory to an ideal vantage point for selecting a next target to investigate, NASA announced on Tuesday. When Curiosity drives autonomously, it chooses a route by using its onboard computer to analyze stereo pictures that it takes during stops. Before Monday, each day’s drive came after a section earlier...


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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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