Curiosity Rover Can Work Through The Night On Mars.

The Wired http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/curiosity-night-ultraviolet/ (1/25, Mann, 798K) “Wired Science” blog reports how the Curiosity rover, unlike Spirit and Opportunity, is able to work during the night because of its nuclear battery and the Mars Hand Lens Imager’s four white and two ultraviolet LEDs that “help it explore once the sun goes down.” The article notes, “very […]

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SOFIA Entering Operations Phase

In an article for the Space Review http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2220/1 (1/21), Jeff Foust wrote about the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) based at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, an “example of a science project that is simple in concept but dauntingly complex in execution.” According to Foust, the issues developing SOFIA “are now largely” in the […]

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Kepler Database Now Open To The Public

SPACE http://www.space.com/19363-alien-planet-nasa-kepler-website.html (1/22, Kramer) reports, “Scientists with NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft have revamped the mission’s online archive of alien worlds, opening up the database for the entire world to see.” With the “NASA Exoplanet Archive” now available to the public, “scientists have started shoveling out all the data Kepler collects into a comprehensive list” instead […]

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Kepler Telescope Placed Into Safe Mode

SPACE http://www.space.com/19360-kepler-telescope-alien-planets-glitch.html (1/22, Wall) reports, “NASA’s prolific planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has been placed in a precautionary ‘safe mode’ after engineers noticed a problem with the instrument’s orientation mechanism.” Kepler officials, in discussing the decision to place the spacecraft into safe mode on January 17, said, “Resting the [reaction] wheels provides an opportunity to redistribute […]

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Phys.org Researchers first to identify nature of historic meteorite.

“Researchers at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, both located in Mountain View, Calif., initiated the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite Consortium. Beauford and Sears, now a meteoriticist with NASA Ames, co edit Meteorite magazine, an international journal of meteorite science. Sears is Beauford’s doctoral adviser.” http://phys.org/news/2013-01-nature-historic-meteorite.html […]

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NASA Cassini mission news Titan Gets a Dune “Makeover”

Titan’s siblings must be jealous. While most of Saturn’s moons display their ancient faces pockmarked by thousands of craters, Titan Saturn’s largest moon, may look much younger than it really is because its craters are getting erased. Dunes of exotic, hydrocarbon sand are slowly but steadily filling in its craters, according to new research using […]

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Ames Kepler mission news Kepler Mission Manager Update

It has been more than three-and-a-half-years since the Kepler mission launched in March 2009. The spacecraft has continued in its heliocentric, drift-away orbit and is now more than 45 million miles away from Earth. The Kepler project team has completed two science data downloads since the last update. The most recent data download on Jan. […]

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CRISM reveals new views of Martian north pole

POC: Dr. Adrian Brown Dr. Adrian Brown of SSX and the STI Institute has published a paper detailing his research into the properties of the water and carbon dioxide ice around the north pole of Mars. Dr. Brown used 3 Mars years of data from the CRISM imaging infrared spectrometer to determine the retreat rate […]

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Curiosity Preparing To Drill In Area Once “Saturated” With Water

Coverage of NASA’s announcement regarding the upcoming first drill for Curiosity was widespread and very positive. The only negative mentions in the coverage involved the slight delay to when scientists originally thought this operation would occur. The CBS Evening News javascript:mediaPopup(‘http://media.bulletinnews.com/playclip.aspx?clipid=8cfc16ff41929f0&pub=nasa#20130116115343143232218166′) (1/15, story 9, 0:30, Pelley, 5.58M) broadcast , “NASA said today that it has […]

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