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NASA Develops a 3-D Imaging Radar For Oil Spills NASA Develops a 3-D Imaging Radar For Oil Spills

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) researchers have developed a method of using a specialized 3-D imaging radar to “characterize” the oil in oil spills. This represents the first time it has been demonstrated that such a radar system can be …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop
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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took its fourth scoop of Martian soil over the weekend and yesterday was issued commands to place a bit of the sample into the rover’s Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Another sieved portion of the scoop …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed
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Earlier this week, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had taken its third scoop of Martian soil. Based on a previously announced plan, the third scoop was to be the first sample analyzed by Curiosity’s on-board equipment. Today NASA announced …

Cassini Finds “Hot Cross Bun” on Titan, Celebrates Its Birthday Cassini Finds “Hot Cross Bun” on Titan, Celebrates Its Birthday

NASA‘s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft celebrated its 15th birthday yesterday and it’s still sending back results from Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and has logged more than 3.8 billion miles of space travel in the time since. …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil

NASA has announced that Mars rover Curiosity will take its third scoop of Martian soil sometime today. While this may be the third scoop for the rover, it’s the first one that will be placed into its on-board equipment for …

Mars Rover Curiosity Preparing to Analyze Martian Dirt Mars Rover Curiosity Preparing to Analyze Martian Dirt

NASA researchers have begun preparing Mars rover Curiosity to scoop up Martian soil for testing. The rover was designed to be capable of placing soil into its analytical instruments, but these capabilities have not been tested since its arrival on …

Mars Rover Opportunity to Thoroughly Examine Matijevic Hill Mars Rover Opportunity to Thoroughly Examine Matijevic Hill

While Mars rover Curiosity might be getting all the attention these days, Mars rover Opportunity is still active during it’s ninth year on Mars. Starting this week, Opportunity will spend weeks or months investigating the unique geological feature of a …

Snow on Mars Found by NASA Orbiter Snow on Mars Found by NASA Orbiter
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NASA researchers announced last week that data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has given the “clearest evidence yet” of dry ice snowfalls on Mars. Dry ice, as it is commonly known, is frozen carbon dioxide. “These are the first definitive …

Curiosity Beams Back First Color Panorama of Mars Curiosity Beams Back First Color Panorama of Mars
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Well, this is cool. Earlier in the week, NASA promised us bigger, color photos from the surface of Mars. And what do you know, mark them good on their word. That’s because the Curiosity rover has just sent the first …

Curiosity Rover Gives Us First 3D Images From Mars Curiosity Rover Gives Us First 3D Images From Mars
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Early monday morning, while much of the east coast was asleep, NASA landed the most technologically advanced mars rover ever, the Curiosity, on the surface of the Red Planet. And ever since, we’ve been treated to photos and videos from …

New Mars Photos Coming Later This Week; Bigger, and in Color New Mars Photos Coming Later This Week; Bigger, and in Color
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UPDATE: NASA has released the first video of the descent. Since the Curiosity rover landed safely on the surface of Mars earlier today, we’ve only been treated to a few black and white photos from the rover’s rear Hazcam. Of …

Mars Rover: NASA Celebrates the Curiosity Landing [PHOTOS] Mars Rover: NASA Celebrates the Curiosity Landing [PHOTOS]

Early this morning (around 1:32 am EDT), the most advanced Mars rover in the history of the space program touched down on the surface of Mars. The nearly 2,000-pound Curiosity executed a complex series of entry and landing maneuvers and …

Mars Rover Curiosity Safely Lands, Begins Two-Year Mission Mars Rover Curiosity Safely Lands, Begins Two-Year Mission
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After a trip that took around nine months, the most advanced rover ever produced by NASA has successfully landed on the surface of Mars. According to the Mars Science Laboratory everything went according to plan, as Curiosity aced each step …

NASA Scientist Discovered Filming Mars Landing! NASA Scientist Discovered Filming Mars Landing!

So, in a weird that they didn’t just tell us about this, kind of way. A NASA team was discovered in the middle of the desert in California doing what looks like a video shoot of their newest rover on …