All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘space exploration’

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Sandstone Pebbles

Two weeks ago, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had reached the first of five waypoints along its months-long drive to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. Researchers were hoping to investigate rocks in the area for comparison to those already seen by the rover. Today, NASA announced that their observations were fruitful, as the rocks at the waypoint seem …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Doesn’t Find Methane in Martian Air

Mars rover Curiosity was sent to Mars with a primary mission to discover if the red planet’s environment was ever suitable for life as we known it. As part of that mission, the rover has been analyzing Martian materials, searching for methane – a hydrocarbon that could be a sign of life. Initial chemical analyses on Mars soil samples failed …

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Voyager 1 Officially Left The Solar System One Year Ago

Last year, the Voyager 1 spacecraft entered a new region at the edge of our solar system. The stellar winds around the probe changed dramatically, though the magnetic field surrounding it was left unchanged. NASA researchers referred to this region as a “magnetic highway,” where charged particles can pass into and out of the sun’s heliosphere. The discovery ignited debate …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches ‘Panorama Point’

For around two months now, Mars rover Curiosity has been on a months-long journey to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. There, NASA researchers hope the mountain’s multiple exposed layers will shed light on the red planet’s past. Today, NASA announced that Curiosity has reached the first big milestone of its 5.3-mile drive. The rover has reached a planned waypoint …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been cruising along the surface of Mars on its way to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. The rover’s journey will take several months, and it has been setting driving records along the way. Though the extensive driving has left little room in the rover’s schedule for in-depth examination of Mars, …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Still Cruising Along

Not much has been seen about Mars rover Curiosity since the rover’s one-year anniversary (Earth year, that is) was celebrated by NASA early this month. That could be because Curiosity is currently cruising along on a months long journey across the Martian landscape. The rover is on its way to the base of a mountain named Mount Sharp. There, researchers …

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Voyager Spacecraft Actually Has Left the Solar System, Argues New Study

For over six months now, scientists have holding their breath, waiting for confirmation that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system. In December 2012 NASA announced that the probe had entered a new region of space they dubbed the “magnetic highway.” The region is one where charged particles can pass into and out of interstellar space, but scientists …

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NASA’s Juno Hits Halfway Point on Journey to Jupiter

Just over two years ago, NASA launched the Juno spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter. The probe’s journey to our solar system’s largest planet will take almost five years, and NASA today announced that the spacecraft has officially hit the halfway point of its journey. Juno, as of early this morning, has traveled nearly 9.5 astronomical units – the average …

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NASA Celebrates Curiosity’s One Year Anniversary

NASA today celebrated the one year (Earth year) anniversary of Mars rover Curiosity’s landing on Mars. The rover’s landing was a technical feat for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who celebrated with plenty of cheering and tears. The event also briefly ignited Americans’ passion for exploration and pride in their space program. One …

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NASA Mars Mission Being Prepped For Launch

As NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity celebrates its first year (Earth year) on Mars, the agency is now looking toward the future of Mars exploration. NASA today announced that its Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has now arrived at Kennedy Space Center. It has been placed in a cleanroom and is being prepared for its launch sometime during a …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Rolls Toward Its First Anniversary

On August 6, 2012, Mars rover Curiosity landed on the red planet, in a site called Gale Crater. The event was cause for immediate celebration for those who had worked for years to send the rover to Mars, but researchers soon settled in for the long process of testing the rover and using it to explore the planet. Curiosity is …

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Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Year in First-Person

Next week will mark the one-year (Earth year) anniversary of Mars rover Curiosity’s Mars landing. The rover has performed admirably, and all of its instruments have been successfully tested on the surface of the red planet. It has also, in one short year, managed to fulfill its primary mission goal by determining that Mars once had an environment compatible with …

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