Curiosity Tops Its One-Day Driving Record

SPACE (7/25, Wall) reports on Sunday, the Curiosity rover traveled 329 feet, more than doubling the previous one-day travel record of 161 feet. Paolo Bellutta of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “What enabled us to drive so far on Sol 340 was starting at a high point and also having Mastcam images giving us the […]

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MSL CheMin mineralogical instrument Educational Outreach in the Arizona Desert

MSL CheMin mineralogical instrument –Educational Outreach in the Arizona Desert

David Blake (PI, CheMin instrument, SSX) conducted field geology with a group of 25 high school teachers in northern Arizona, June 24-28th. Blake’s participation was part of the CheMin team’s education outreach effort, which included Co-I’s Jack Farmer (Arizona State University) and Bob Downs (University of Arizona). Sheri Klug Boonstra and Jack Farmer of ASU […]

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Grism and Imaging Modes of the Mid-IR Instrument FORCAST are commissioned on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

The mid-infrared camera (FORCAST) for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has been undergoing line operations and commissioning flights in preparation to support Cycle 1 science which begins later this month. NASA Ames Research Center researcher Kimberly Ennico has been supporting the grism (or spectroscopic) mode during the line operations and commissioning flights. Luke […]

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Cassini Sees Precursors to Aerosol Haze on Titan

Cassini Sees Precursors to Aerosol Haze on Titan

Collaborating with a group of Spanish Astronomers, members of the Astrophysics and Astrochemistry Laboratory group found strong evidence for the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules in the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Utilizing the wealth of PAH spectra available in the NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database, they analyzed data obtained by […]

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Curiosity To Soon Start Journey To Mount Sharp

The AP (6/6, Chang) reports, “Ten months after Curiosity’s daring Mars landing, the NASA rover is finally about to pack up and head toward the base” of Mount Sharp, a “much-hyped drive” that has been put off for “discoveries and longer-than-expected scientific studies.” The rover is still expected to spend a few more weeks in […]

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Kepler Results Make Some Sci-Fi Concepts “Outdated.”

Alan Boyle at the NBC News (6/6) “Cosmic Log” blog interviews SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak about the possibility of intelligent aliens invading Earth like in sci-fi movies since results from the Kepler telescope indicate “that there could be billions upon billions of alien Earths and super-Earths out there.” Shostak thinks typical rationales used […]

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