Tag: JPL

As Uwingo Announces Beam Me to Mars, Curiosity Beams Another Image Back

As Uwingo Announces Beam Me to Mars, Curiosity Beams Another Image Back

Two Mars related stories. First, Uwingo, the crowd-sourced Mars funding site started which is attempting to raise $10 million this year to support research grants for Mars exploration has unveiled a new campaign. According to the announcement: “Uwingu presents the first opportunity for a shout-out from the people of Earth to Mars with personal messages […]

Crowdsourced Research Helps Indentify Interstellar Dust Particles

Crowdsourced Research Helps Indentify Interstellar Dust Particles

NASA’s JPL has a news story about the the possible discovery of interstellar dust particles trapped in aerogel designed just for just that purpose and included aboard the appropriately named Stardust space probe. Stardust flew through the tail of the comet Wild 2 in 2004, returning its samples to Earth the next year in the […]

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Lifts off from Vandenberg

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Lifts off from Vandenberg

NASA News Release: A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launches with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)satellite onboard from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. OCO-2 will measure the global distribution of carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate. Image Credit: […]

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Ten Years Later NASA’s Opportunity Rover is Still Going Strong

Ten Years Later NASA’s Opportunity Rover is Still Going Strong

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ While the flashy new Curiosity rover is celebrating the completion of its first full Martian year,  the much smaller but remarkably resilient Opportunity rover is still going strong in its 10th (Earth) year on Mars.  And as JPL reports, perched on the rim of the Endeavour crater and scoured […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Marks One Martian Year

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Marks One Martian Year

NASA’s Curiosity Rover marked one year on the Red Planet today, one Martian year that is, or 687 Earth days. It of course warranted a youtube update which provides a bit of insight into the wheel damage issue which has slowed the rover’s course of progress and challenged the JPL team to develop new driving […]

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Across a Martian Vista

Across a Martian Vista

Image Credit NASA/JPL What a magnificent view, and taken by one remarkably hardy little Rover.  How long one wonders, before a similar view becomes the background for the first Martian “selfie” shot with what, the Iphone “M?” JPL Press Release: This vista of the Endeavour Crater rim was acquired by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity […]

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A Multi-Layered Ocean on Ganymede

A Multi-Layered Ocean on Ganymede

Image credit: JPL A fascinating news release out of JPL suggests once more just how weird and wonderful our own solar system is turning out to be. Today’s story offers speculation that Jupiter’s moon  Ganymede may have “layered” oceans in which water alternates with different tiers of ice, depending on the relative salt content. Furthermore, […]

Posted in: Outer Planets
Ceres and Vesta as Seen From the Curiosity Rover on Mars

Ceres and Vesta as Seen From the Curiosity Rover on Mars

On Thursday, JPL published the above photo with graphic, which depicts the first time the asteroids Vesta and Ceres, or any asteroid for that matter, have been photographed from the surface of the Red Planet. There is an interesting lesson in perspective here, as the release gives a brief mention of the NASA’s truly remarkable […]

Posted in: Asteroids, Mars
Still Working; Mars Opportunity Rover Takes a Shadow “Selfie”

Still Working; Mars Opportunity Rover Takes a Shadow “Selfie”

Image Credit JPL JPL News Release: Late afternoon lighting produced a dramatic shadow of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity photographed by the rover’s rear hazard-avoidance camera on March 20, 2014. The shadow falls across a slope called the McClure-Beverlin Escarpment on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, where Opportunity is investigating rock layers for evidence […]

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NASA Research at South Pole Reveals Gravitational Waves, Birth of the Universe

NASA Research at South Pole Reveals Gravitational Waves, Birth of the Universe

  NASA/JPL News Story March 17, 2014 Astronomers are announcing today that they have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. This is the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, […]

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