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Mars Rover Curiosity Hits a 1 Kilometer Milestone Mars Rover Curiosity Hits a 1 Kilometer Milestone

Last week, NASA revealed that Mars rover Curiosity has traveled more than 325 feet (99 meters) along its 5-mile (8 kilometer) trek to the base of a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. This week the agency announced that the rover’s …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drives 135 More Feet Mars Rover Curiosity Drives 135 More Feet
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Last week, Mars rover Curiosity began a months-long journey to the base of a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. This week, NASA revealed that the rover has driven 135 feet (41 meters) closer to its destination. Combined with the 59 …

NASA Previews 2020 Mars Rover Mission NASA Previews 2020 Mars Rover Mission
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NASA’s Mars 2020 Science Definition Team this week released its recommendations for a rover the agency plans to send to the red planet by 2020. The announcement of the 2020 rover mission came in December 2012. The team of 19 …

Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Months-Long Journey Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Months-Long Journey
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One month ago, Mars rover Curiosity began preparing for a 5-mile drive by shifting into a distance-driving mode. Today, NASA announced that the first small steps in that long journey have begun. The rover finished investigating an outcrop named “Shaler” …

Mars Rover Opportunity Crosses Botany Bay Mars Rover Opportunity Crosses Botany Bay

NASA today provided an update not on Mars rover Curiosity, but its elder rover Opportunity. The rover is part of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, which sent two rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, to Mars in 2004. Opportunity is the only …

Cassini to Take Another Photo of Earth From Saturn Cassini to Take Another Photo of Earth From Saturn

One of the most famous images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is of Saturn as it eclipses the Sun. With the gas giant bathed in shadow, a tiny speck called Earth can be seen in the photo. This week, NASA …

Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars Released by NASA Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars Released by NASA

During its 10 months on the red planet, Mars rover Curiosity has taken hundreds of high-quality photographs of the Martian landscape. Now, NASA has released a photo of Mars sporting over 1 billion pixels. The panorama is pieced together from …

Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares For Long Drive Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares For Long Drive

NASA today revealed that Mars rover Curiosity will soon wrap up its exploration of the Glenelg area and shift into a distance-driving mode. The rover is headed for an area at the base of Mount Sharp, about 5 miles from …

Monster Saturn Hurricane Imaged by Cassini Monster Saturn Hurricane Imaged by Cassini

NASA has revealed new pictures and of a massive hurricane on Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. The images depict a hurricane in Saturn’s north pole region. The eye of the storm is around 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) in diameter. …

Mars Rover Opportunity Found in Standby Mode After Solar Conjunction Mars Rover Opportunity Found in Standby Mode After Solar Conjunction

The rovers on Mars this month were under a command moratorium as Mars passed behind the sun, an event known as solar conjunction. Now that the solar conjunction has ended, researchers have found something amiss with Mars rover Opportunity. Mission …

Meteors Spotted Hitting Saturn’s Rings Meteors Spotted Hitting Saturn’s Rings

Watching stellar impacts as they occur is a rare treat for astronomers. The famous Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact on Jupiter (which left water in the planet’s atmosphere), which happened only 20 years ago, was the first directly-seen extraterrestrial collision in the …

Voyager 1 Module Added to NASA’s Solar System Viewer Voyager 1 Module Added to NASA’s Solar System Viewer

There’s been some confusion in recent months over whether Voyager 1 has actually exited the Solar System. NASA scientists have reported multiple times that they’ve seen indications that the probe may be outside the heliosphere, only to roll back the …

Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers
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NASA announced today that Mars rover Curiosity has switched onboard computers as a result of a “memory issue” experienced on its active computer. The issue has brought research by the rover to a halt. The swap to the rover’s redundant …

Mars Rover Curiosity Analyzes Rock Powder Mars Rover Curiosity Analyzes Rock Powder

NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity has successfully placed two small samples of rock powder into its “compact laboratories” for analysis. “Data from the instruments have confirmed the deliveries,” said Jennifer Trosper, Curiosity Mission Manager oat NASA’s Jet …

Mars Rover Curiosity Shows Off Its First Drill Sample Mars Rover Curiosity Shows Off Its First Drill Sample

Last week, Mars rover Curiosity, after months of meticulous planning, finally used its hammering drill to collect a sample of Martian rock dust. Today, NASA scientists have released images confirming that the first-ever sample of drilled rock dust is safely …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drills a Rock, Makes History Mars Rover Curiosity Drills a Rock, Makes History
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After months of careful planning and tests, Mars rover Curiosity has finally used its hammering drill to collect a bedrock sample on Mars. The event marks the first time any rover has drilled into a rock on the red planet. …

Comet ISON Spotted by NASA’s Deep Impact Comet ISON Spotted by NASA’s Deep Impact

NASA‘s Deep Impact spacecraft has snapped several images of the comet ISON (C/2012 S1). The images were obtained over 36 hours on January 17 and 18, from a distance of 793 million km (493 million miles). The comet is expected …

Mars Rover Curiosity Pounds a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Pounds a Rock

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity is closer than ever to the first full use of its hammering drill. Over the weekend the rover completed a successful test of the drill’s percussive action. The “drill-on-rock checkout” left a mark …

NASA to Launch ISS Instrument to Monitor Ocean Winds NASA to Launch ISS Instrument to Monitor Ocean Winds

NASA announced this week that it will launch an instrument called the ISS-RapidScat to the International Space Station (ISS) next year to measure ocean winds. The instrument, originally built to test NASA;s QuikScat satellite, will measure the Earth’s ocean surface …

Mars Rover Curiosity Braces For Drilling Mars Rover Curiosity Braces For Drilling

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been preparing to use its hammering drill for the first time. It now appears that the rover’s first drill test is now imminent. Researchers announced that they have placed the drill …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Nighttime Photos Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Nighttime Photos

NASA announced today that Mars rover Curiosity has used the camera on its arm to take pictures at night. The photos were of a rock named “Sayunei,” which Curiosity had purposely scuffed with its left-front wheel to uncover dust-free materials. …