All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘NASA JPL’

NASA Study Grades Climate Models, Finds Higher Temperatures Likely

NASA today announced the results of a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It shows that climate model projections that predict a greater rise in global temperature are more likely to be accurate than those predicting a lesser rise. NASA stated that the findings could provide a “breakthrough” in predicting the range of global warming expected in …

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Jovian Trojan Asteroids’ Secrets Uncovered by NASA’s WISE

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) may have been decommissioned last year, but the data it has provided is continuing to reveal clues about our solar system. NASA today announced that researchers using data from WISE have discovered a bit more about the mysterious asteroids called Jovian Trojans. The Trojans orbit the sun on the same path as Jupiter and …

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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 the red planet. “We now have reached an important phase that will get the first solid samples into the analytical …

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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 site NASA has named “Matijevic Hill.” The Opportunity rover will be investigating the hill’s small spherical objects that are similar …

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Snow on Mars Found by NASA Orbiter

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 detections of carbon-dioxide snow clouds,” said Paul Hayne of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We firmly establish the clouds are composed …

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Mars Rover Sends New Photos of the Martian Landscape

The Mars rover Curiosity has already sent back some preliminary photos of its newly named Bradbury Landing site. It also recently completed its first test drive, leaving its tracks in the Martian surface for the first time. This week new images from the rover have been released. The photos show more of the surface of Mars that surrounds Curiosity. The …

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Ray Bradbury Honored With Mars Rover Landing Site

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced yesterday that it has dubbed the landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity “Bradbury Landing” in honor of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. It was the Curiosity science team that chose to honor Bradbury, who passed away back in June, and the announcement coincided with what would have been Bradbury’s 92nd birthday. “This was not a …

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NASA’s Newest Video Details Curiosity Mars Descent

NASA is in the middle of a very important mission right now as they are always in the middle of something these days. This mission is a little different as it is one that will put a new rover onto the surface of Mars. The rover “Curiosity” is a new kind of rover that is a lot heavier than past …

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Huge South Pole Moon Crater Could Hold Frozen Water

The moon still holds some mysteries. One of those being whether or not there is any discernible amount of ice on the surface. While we have been to the moon, we have only visited a very small area. The way of knowing without actually going there are hit and miss too. For instance, the Japanese spacecraft Kaguya saw no discernible …

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