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  • NASA's Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science

    02/05/2016 12:46:49 AM PST · by blam · 42 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2016
    NASA's Spirit Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science Jennifer Deal February 5, 2016 Four billion years ago, Mars looked a lot like Earth does today. So it's not surprising that a team of scientists believe that they may have discovered the first signs of ancient alien life on the planet.(click to the site to see the video)
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity's View

    08/08/2015 4:23:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | August 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: By planet Earth's calendar, the Curiosity Mars Rover reached its 3rd anniversary on the surface of the Red Planet on August 6. To celebrate, gaze across this dramatic panoramic view of diverse terrain typical of the rover's journey to the layered slopes of Aeolis Mons, also known as Mount Sharp. Recorded with Curiosity's Mast Camera instrument, the scene looks south across gravel, sand ripples, and boulders toward rounded buttes. In the background, higher layers at left are toward the southeast, with southwest at panorama right. The individual images composing the view were taken on Curiosity's mission sols (martian days)...
  • Extraterrestrials: NASA rover shows Mars rodent

    11/20/2013 2:24:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 24, 2013 | Raymond Samuels
    A report posted on UFO Sightings Daily claims that life has been discovered on Mars. The report talks about finding a rat like Creature in one of the photos posted in official NASA website. The photo was sent by the Mars Rover. The website, UFO Sightings Daily, is coordinated by Scott C. Waring. He had been affiliated with the United States Air Force at SAC base (USAF flight line). He currently owns an ESL School in Taiwan. In this report, Scott has published images of the creature, taken from official NASA website, along with a video of the creature posted...
  • Penny For Your Martian Thoughts: This Is How A Coin Looks After 14 Months On The Red Planet

    10/09/2013 7:09:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | October 9, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell on
    A high-power camera on the Mars Curiosity rover snapped a picture of a 1909 American penny featuring Abraham Lincoln. The coin is used as a calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) that is at the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm. In just over an Earth year on the Red Planet, you can see the bright copper is muted by lots of Mars dust. Although the image has public relations appeal, there are scientific reasons behind picking that particular calibration target. It is supposed to measure how well the camera is performing, which is important as it zooms...
  • Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos (Video)

    08/17/2013 12:47:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Auggust 16, 2013 | Staff
    Direct Link To VideoYouTube:Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of DeimosThis sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ. Pasadena, California — The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Large craters on Phobos are clearly visible in these images from the surface of Mars. No previous images from missions on the surface caught one moon eclipsing the other....
  • NASA Pauses Mars Missions To Avoid Interference

    04/04/2013 5:52:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    infrmationweek ^ | April 04, 2013 02:00 PM | J. Nicholas Hoover
    In an effort to avoid problems caused by interference, NASA will temporarily limit scientific observations by its Mars rovers and orbiters beginning Thursday as the Red Planet passes behind the sun as seen from Earth. The sun will appear between Earth and Mars throughout the month of April in a setup known as a Mars solar conjunction, which can interfere with communications between the two planets. Specifically, during these solar conjunctions, solar flares and charged particles being emitted from the sun can disrupt radio communications, and thus could interfere with the stream of data being sent back and forth to...
  • Mars rover finally looks set to drill

    01/05/2013 7:36:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    bbc ^ | 4 January 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | Jonathan Amos
    All of Curiosity's instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed. Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover's onboard laboratories for analysis. As Curiosity trundled through Yellowknife Bay in December, it used its survey instruments to try to identify the most promising candidate rock. This equipment comprises the mast-mounted colour cameras and laser spectrometer, and the arm-held "hand lens" camera and X-ray spectrometer. Continue reading the main story Take a trip to Mars Explore...
  • First Scoopful [Martian Soil] a Success [For "Curiosity'}

    10/08/2012 3:49:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nasa ^ | Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:52:13 AM PDT
    On the mission's 61st Martian day, or sol (Oct. 7, 2012), NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its soil scoop for the first time, collecting a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site. Imaging verified collection of the sample. The collected material will be used for cleaning interior surfaces of the rover's sample-handling mechanism. It will be held and vibrated inside each chamber of the mechanism before the material is discarded. Curiosity's Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, on the robotic arm, includes the scoop and the mechanism for sieving and portioning samples of...
  • How the Curiosity rover will land on Mars

    08/22/2010 12:31:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    CNet ^ | 8/20/10 | William Harwood
    Slamming into the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph and enduring temperatures of up to 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit, a peak deceleration of up to 15 Gs, and the jerk of a supersonic braking parachute--that's just the opening act. For NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the real fun will start 50 seconds before touchdown when the one-ton nuclear-powered rover falls free of its parachute for a nail-biting rocket-powered final descent to the surface. (For the main story in this package, see "On Mars, satisfaction awaits Curiosity.") Unlike past Mars missions, the Curiosity rover will not set down atop a legged lander or bounce...
  • Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror (Upcoming Mars landing)

    07/13/2012 5:53:33 PM PDT · by bigbob · 21 replies
    NASA JPL ^ | 6-22-12 | NASA JPL News
    Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. Video with interviews with the designers and excellent computer animations can be viewed at the link: "DARE MIGHTY THINGS"
  • Mars rover Curiosity nears make-or-break landing attempt

    08/05/2012 3:07:52 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies ^ | Aug 5, 2012 | steve gorman
    PASADENA, Calif., Aug 5 (Reuters) - The Mars rover Curiosity, on a quest for signs the Red Planet once hosted the building blocks of life, streaked into the home stretch of its eight-month voyage on Sunday nearing a make-or-break landing attempt NASA calls its most challenging ever. Curiosity, the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory ever sent to a distant world, was scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater on Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time (1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday/0531 GMT on Monday). Mission control engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles acknowledge that delivering...
  • Mars Rover Curiosity Lands successfully!! LIVE THREAD

    08/05/2012 11:04:03 AM PDT · by hattend · 631 replies
    Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) ^ | 5 Aug 2012 | JPL
    Landing at 10:30PM Pacific...yes, this is early so all the aviation, space, astronomy and science pingers can "get 'er done".
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity Before Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror

    07/31/2012 4:57:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    NASA ^ | July 31, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Next week at this time, there may be an amazing new robotic explorer on Mars. Or there may be a new pile of junk. It all likely depends on many things going correctly in the minutes after the Mars Science Laboratory mission arrives at Mars and attempts to deploy the Curiosity rover from orbit. Arguably the most sophisticated landing yet attempted on the red planet, consecutive precision events will involve a heat shield, a parachute, several rocket maneuvers, and the automatic operation of an unusual device called a Sky Crane. These "Seven Minutes of Terror" -- depicted in the...
  • Watch NASA's live coverage of Mars rover landing (Cnet)

    08/05/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    Cnet ^ | 8/6/2012 | Cnet
    Video Linky Here
  • “Curiosity" Safely on Mars!

    08/05/2012 10:40:16 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 95 replies
    Odyssey has safely landed on Mars and is transmitting photos.
  • Curiosity nails perfect landing on Mars

    08/06/2012 4:22:01 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 141 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Aug 6, 2012 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. — In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere.
  • NASA Lands Car-sized Rover on Martian Surface (VIDEO)

    08/06/2012 10:25:20 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | 8/6/2012 | NASA
    NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.
  • Ustream Mars Curiosity broadcast numbers beat primetime CNN, company says (Media Death Watch)

    08/08/2012 1:14:28 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 8 replies
    The ^ | 8-8-2012 | Adi Robertson
    The live stream of NASA's Curiosity rover landing garnered more interest than primetime Sunday television, Ustream says. A spokesperson told Mashable that 3.2 million people in total had checked the stream at some point during the landing, with a peak of 500,000 people watching at the same time. That's higher than the estimated viewing numbers for CNN during Sunday primetime, which came in at 426,000, or MSNBC, which had an audience of 365,000 viewers over age two. Ustream's peak audience was lower only than that of Fox, which had an audience of 803,000.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Wheel on Mars

    08/07/2012 2:31:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | August 07, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A wheel attached to NASA's Curiosity rover is firmly on the martian surface in this early picture from the Mars Science Laboratory mission, captured after a successful landing on August 5, 2012 at 10:32pm (PDT). Seen at the lower right of a Hazard Avoidance Camera fisheye wide-angle image, the rover's left rear wheel is 50 centimeters (about 20 inches) in diameter. Part of a spring hinge for the camera's dust cover is just visible in the right corner, while at the upper left is part of the rover's RTG power source. Looking into the Sun across the rock stewn...
  • Mars Rover Already Doing Science

    08/07/2012 9:53:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 6 August 2012 | Richard A. Kerr
    Not smashing itself to smithereens was only one of Curiosity’s achievements in the NASA rover’s first day on Mars. It also hit the bull’s-eye and did a first bit of science. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Curiosity on its Way. From 340 kilometers away, the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught the Curiosity rover inside its entry vehicle dangling from its parachute. The chute had been ejected from the entry vehicle by an explosive charge after atmospheric drag had slowed it to Mach 2. The descent vehicle with the rover tucked inside would soon drop out to fire its retrorockets. Credit:...
  • Mars HD Panoramic

    08/08/2012 12:50:20 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 44 replies ^ | 8/12/2012 | curiosity
  • NASA photographs split second when Curiosity enters Mars airspace

    08/06/2012 3:44:40 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 69 replies
    Fox news ^ | August 6, 2012 | Foxnews
    Thanks to a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics, a NASA satellite in orbit around Mars was able to capture this picture of the split second when Curiosity fell from the skies to its successful landing on the surface of the red planet.
  • Mars Curiosity - Latest Images

    08/07/2012 10:38:08 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 95 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 8/7/2012 |
    This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, Mount Sharp. The rover's shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes. Rising up in the distance is the highest peak Mount Sharp at a height of about 3.4 miles, taller than Mt. Whitney in California. The Curiosity team hopes to drive the rover to the mountain to investigate its lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change. This image was captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera at full resolution...
  • Curiosity Has Landed

    08/07/2012 10:04:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 6 August 2012 | Richard A. Kerr
    Enlarge Image On the ground. One of the first images snapped by Curiosity, sent within minutes after it touched down, shows the rover's own shadow. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech It all worked. The 500,000 lines of computer code went off without a glitch. The 76 onboard explosive devices popped off in sequence to the microsecond, throwing valves and cutting loose tether lines. So Curiosity rover's 7 minutes of terror had the happiest of endings. At 1:37 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, word came down: "Touchdown confirmed. We're safe on Mars." Signals from Curiosity, followed within minutes by the first crude images of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity Drops In

    08/08/2012 6:32:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | August 08, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Just as it captured the Phoenix lander parachuting to Mars in 2008, the HiRise camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) snapped this picture of the Curiosity rover's spectacular descent toward its landing site on August 5 (PDT). The nearly 16 meter (51 foot) wide parachute and its payload are caught dropping through the thin martian atmosphere above plains just north of the sand dune field that that borders the 5 kilometer high Mt. Sharp in Gale Crater. The MRO spacecraft was about 340 kilometers away when the image was made. From MRO's perspective the parachute is flying at...
  • NASA got it, Curiosity is on the surface of Mars

    08/05/2012 10:37:15 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 20 replies
    Vanity | 5 August 2012 | Trueblackman
    Wheels down, Curiosity has made it to the surface of Mars.
  • Griffith Observatory To Celebrate ‘Curiosity’ Rover Landing On Mars

    08/02/2012 12:36:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | August 2, 2012 10:30 AM
    PASADENA {california} ( — You may not be able to make the trip to the Red Planet with NASA’s “Curiosity” rover, but Griffith Observatory is offering the next best thing. Beginning Thursday, the Observatory will host three events open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting with a special screening of Triumph of the Dream, a documentary that explores the human face of the Mars Exploration Program that landed two rovers on Mars in 2004. Immediately following the screening, filmmaker Norman Seeff will provide insight and commentary in a discussion with Griffith Observatory Curator, Dr. Laura Danly. On...
  • Mars exploration to go on even if mission fails, space officials say

    08/05/2012 5:20:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    L.A. NOW ^ | August 5, 2012 | 4:35 pm
    Two top space officials pledged Sunday afternoon to continue the exploration of Mars in years to come – regardless of whether NASA’s Curiosity rover survives its dramatic landing later tonight. “We are committed to a Mars exploration program,” NASA Associate Administrator John Grunsfeld said. ... “This is a message to the whole world: We are to dare mighty things, even if we might fail,” Elachi said. “Every explorer has had tough days. It was never easy.” The officials conceded that much is riding on the success of the Curiosity mission tonight. Elachi called Curiosity “a very important element of the...
  • A Curiousity! Girl, 15, Named Mars Rover Years Ago

    08/05/2012 8:23:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | August 4, 2012 10:55 PM | Rachel Kim,
    LOS ANGELES ( — For the past eight months, scientists have been anxiously watching Curiosity barrel closer and closer to the red planet. Were you ever curious how the Mars landing rover got it’s name? We were. Rachel Kim, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, found the person who named the $2.5 billion project and one-ton roving lab, and it was someone most unlikely. “I’m 15 and I’ll be a sophomore,” says Clara Ma. Yup. Her. Ma, from Kansas, tells Kim as a 6th grader sitting in science class, she loved to ask questions. You could say she was always a...
  • Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

    08/09/2012 8:16:42 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 16 replies ^ | Aug 6th 2012 | Chris Davies
    NASA’s Curiosity rover may not look like an urban menace, but the robot explorer will in fact be steadily tagging the Martian surface as it trundles, leaving a name-check of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory back home. The clandestine graffiti is thanks to part of the rover’s visual odometry system, John Graham-Cumming points out, which tracks the marks left by a series of asymmetrically arranged holes in the wheels. The position of those holes, however, isn’t random: in fact, it’s Morse Code.
  • Curiosity's Descent last 2.5 min + Heat shield separation (Stop motion video)

    08/06/2012 10:06:59 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 11 replies
    The Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) captured the rover's descent to the surface of the Red Planet. The instrument shot 4 fps video from heatshield separation to the ground.
  • The conspiracy theories begin: What was the mystery blotch that appears on Mars rover photo ...

    08/09/2012 11:28:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 08-09-2012 | James Nye
    Conspiracy theorists have worked themselves up into a lather over a mysterious blotch visible in the first black and white photographs taken from NASA's new Curiosity rover as it landed on Mars. The faint but distinctive dot which can be seen on the horizon of the Red Planet was taken by a device on the $2.5 billion robot called its Hazcam and relayed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter back to Earth. However, two hours later when the satellite made another pass over Curiosity, the rover sent another batch of images that revealed that the blotch had eerily disappeared.
  • Photo shows Mars rover descent

    08/06/2012 10:16:45 AM PDT · by Robe · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/06/2012 | Jonathan Amos
    A spectacular image of the Curiosity rover descending to the surface of Mars on its parachute has been obtained by an overflying satellite. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter played a key role in Monday's (GMT) historic landing by recording telemetry from the robot as it approached the ground.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The First Color Panorama from Mars by Curiosity

    08/11/2012 2:09:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    NASA ^ | August 11, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: You've just landed on Mars and opened your eyes -- what do you see? If you're the Curiosity rover, you see a strange gravelly place with a large mountain in the distance. You've landed on target near the edge of 150-km wide Gale Crater, with Mount Sharp on the horizon being the rise in the crater's center. As a car-sized rover with six wheels and a laser, you prepare yourself to go on a two-year mission of exploration, climbing Mt. Sharp, and looking for signs that Mars once harbored life. Currently you sit motionless, check yourself over, and receive...
  • Obama hails Mars landing

    08/06/2012 11:14:48 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    politico44 ^ | 8/6/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    In a statement issued by the White House in the early morning hours Monday, President Obama congratulated NASA for the successful landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars. "Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history," he said in the statement. "The successful landing of Curiosity - the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet - marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future. It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and...
  • Mars: A New Hope

    NASA’s most ambitious Mars probe is set to land late today (or early tomorrow, depending where you live). NASA is one of the few government programs that actually invests in a major — and important — industry that supports high-tech jobs and science and technology advancement. However, the geniuses in Washington has been throwing NASA under the bus as of late. They’d rather bailout unsuccessful ventures. But I digress. At least NASA is finally relying more on the commercialization of space.
  • NASA’s Mars rover reaches new grounds

    08/10/2011 5:44:24 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Channel 6 News ^ | 10 Aug 2011
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- NASA on Wednesday announced that its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before. On Monday, the golf cart-sized rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim, after a journey of almost three years. Opportunity was able to drive approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) after climbing out of the Victoria crater, NASA said. Endeavour crater is more than 25 times wider than Victoria crater, being 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter. At Endeavour, scientists expect to see much older rocks and...
  • NASA says Mars mountain will read like 'a great novel'

    07/22/2011 1:15:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/22/11 | Kerry Sheridan - AFP
    The US space agency's unmanned Curiosity rover will explore a mountain on Mars that should read like "a great novel," revealing if signs of life ever existed on the red planet, NASA said Friday. The landing site for the 2.5 billion dollar Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) was unveiled the day after the 30-year shuttle era ended with the return to Earth of Atlantis after its final mission to the International Space Station. Clues sent home from Mars are important to NASA as it aims to build a spaceship capable of toting humans there by 2030, while private companies race to...
  • Vanity: Jared Loughner posting at Above Top Secret

    01/10/2011 6:25:10 PM PST · by Raebie · 23 replies
    I apologize if this has been posted...way too many threads to sort through. I appears that he was posting at ATS as Erad3. He started 4 threads there in July, 2 of which were about the Mars Rover missions being a hoax. He is adamant that manned space travel isn't possible and makes numerous comments about the shuttle program. Interesting...since Giffords husband is an astronaut and flew missions and was scheduled for another in April. I wonder if the question Loughner asked her back in 2007 had something to do with this (the year Giffords and Kelly married). This is...
  • Mars Rover's Bizarre Behavior Puzzles NASA

    01/29/2009 2:43:17 PM PST · by james500 · 95 replies · 3,180+ views
    NASA engineers are scratching their heads over some unexpected behavior from the long-lived Spirit rover, which began its sixth year exploring Mars this month. Spirit failed to report in to engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., last weekend, prompting a series of diagnostic tests this week to hunt the glitch's source. The aging Mars rover did not beam home a record of its weekend activities and, more puzzlingly, apparently failed to even record any of its actions on Sunday, mission managers said. ... By Monday, Spirit's mission controllers decided to tell the rover to find the...
  • Mars rover making way inside giant crater (Victoria Crater)

    09/11/2007 9:38:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,287+ views
    NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is making its way into a giant impact crater to learn more about the Red Planet's geologic past. Engineers sent commands to Opportunity to drive into Victoria Crater and received a confirmation signal from the rover. It will be several hours before NASA knows how well the drive went. Opportunity is expected to drive all six wheels into the crater and back out before making the full plunge several days from now. The drive comes two months after a massive Martian dust bowl kept Opportunity and its twin Spirit hunkered down to conserve energy.
  • Mars rover to make risky crater descent (Opportunity ready to descend into Victoria Crater)

    06/28/2007 5:22:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 1,437+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/07 | Jon Antczak - ap
    LOS ANGELES - NASA's aging but durable Mars rover Opportunity will make what could be a trip of no return into a deep impact crater as it tries to peer further back than ever into the Red Planet's geologic history. The descent into Victoria Crater received the go-ahead because the potential scientific returns are worth the risk that the solar-powered, six-wheel rover might not be able to climb out, NASA officials and scientists said Thursday. The vehicle has been roaming Mars for nearly 3 1/2 Earth years. Scientists and engineers want to send it in while it still appears healthy....
  • Mars Rover Update: Spirit Hunkers Down, Opportunity on the Move (Next stop, Victoria crater)

    05/19/2006 9:50:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 955+ views on Yahoo ^ | 5/19/06 | Leonard Davis
    Those "never say die" robots on Mars-- NASA's Spirit and Opportunity--continue to chalk up science at their respective exploration sites. Looming large for the Opportunity rover at Meridiani Planum is Victoria Crater--a grand bit of territory that's roughly half a mile (800 meters) in diameter. That's about six times wider than Endurance Crater, a feature that the rover previously surveyed for several months in 2004, gathering data on rock layers there that were affected by water of long, long ago. "We are closing in ... we've got only about a kilometer to go now," said Steve Squyres, lead scientist at...
  • Spirit Mars Rover Reaches 'Home Plate': Formation Has Researchers Puzzled (volcanic vent?)

    02/10/2006 11:38:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,210+ views on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/06 | Leonard David
    NASA's Spirit Mars rover has arrived at a site dubbed "Home Plate" within Gusev crater. But what the robot found has left scientists puzzled. As the Mars machinery relays images of the area, the sightseeing has sparked healthy debate within the team running the mission. "Well, so far it has been great," said Steve Squyres, lead Mars Rover Exploration scientist at Cornell University. "It's the most spectacular layered rock we've ever seen at Gusev," he told The images relayed so far by Spirit of Home Plate "really are stunning," Squyres added. "Many of us were pretty much reduced to...
  • Mars rover Spirit begins climb down from summit (of Husband Hill)

    10/24/2005 5:52:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 754+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/05 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Spirit, the mountaineering rover that successfully scaled a Martian hill this summer, is searching for flatter ground. After two months at the summit of Husband Hill, the six-wheeled rover is making its descent toward a basin to the south where it will explore an outcrop dubbed "home plate" that looks like a baseball diamond from orbit. The solar-powered Spirit's yearlong climb to the peak marked a major feat for the rover, which along with its twin, Opportunity, landed on opposite ends of the Red Planet in 2004 in search of evidence of the past history of water...
  • Summit in Sight for Mars Rover Spirit (Husband Hill)

    08/17/2005 10:20:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 473+ views ^ | 8/17/05 | Leonard Davis
    At its Gusev crater exploration site, the Spirit Mars rover is wheeling to the summit of Husband Hill and likely to complete its climb this week. "I think we’re going to make it," said the Mars Exploration Rover program’s lead scientist, Steve Squyres of Cornell University. New imagery from the robot shows a feature that is either the summit or something very close to it, he noted in a newly issued rover update on a Cornell University-based website. Spirit has wrapped up work in what’s called the Voltaire region, including a thorough sweep of a rock called "Assemblee" using science...
  • Life on Mars Likely, Scientist Claims

    08/03/2004 4:22:02 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies · 754+ views ^ | 8/3/2004 | Leonard David
    DENVER, COLORADO -- Those twin robots hard at work on Mars have transmitted teasing views that reinforce the prospect that microbial life may exist on the red planet. Results from NASAs Spirit and Opportunity rovers are being looked over by a legion of planetary experts, including a scientist who remains steadfast that his experiment in 1976 proved the presence of active microbial life in the topsoil of Mars. "All factors necessary to constitute a habitat for life as we know it exist on current-day Mars," explained Gilbert Levin, executive officer for science at Spherix Incorporated of Beltsville, Maryland. Levin made...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee ineligible for election, rival says

    07/17/2004 10:20:48 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 47 replies · 1,660+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 17, 2004 | DALE LEZON
    An independent candidate who hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston contends that she is ineligible for the November election.In a lawsuit filed this week, Houston businessman Tom Bazan alleges that Jackson Lee did not file in time for the March 9 Democratic primary and thus is not eligible for the Nov. 2 general election.Jackson Lee, who represents the 18th Congressional District, denied missing the deadline."I physically went over there (to file)," she said Friday. "I take filing very seriously; I do it myself. There's absolutely no question that it was timely."Jackson Lee's primary election application is...
  • NASA Gives Mars Rovers Software Upgrade

    04/13/2004 1:27:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 182+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2004 | Associated Press
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA said Tuesday it has beamed new software to its twin Mars rovers that should allow the six-wheeled vehicles to travel farther, sleep better and avoid the type of computer glitches that temporarily paralyzed one of them. The software update should make the rest of the mission undertaken by Spirit and Opportunity safer and more productive, NASA said. NASA sent the $820 million pair of rovers to Mars to prospect for evidence that the now-frozen planet once had water. Both have found such evidence. The space agency recently extended the mission through September. The new software,...
  • NASA Rover finds more signs of past water on Mars

    04/01/2004 4:15:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 204+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/1/04 | Andrew Bridges - AP
    <p>PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA's Spirit rover discovered more evidence of past water activity on Mars, although not in as great amounts as the twin rover Opportunity found on the other side of the planet, mission scientists said Thursday.</p> <p>The findings come from analysis of a rock dubbed Mazatzal in the Gusev Crater region where Spirit landed on Jan. 3. Since then Spirit has been overshadowed by Opportunity as it found signs that extensive water, possibly a salty sea, once covered its landing site on Meridiani Planum.</p>