Curiosity Rover To Start Analyzing Its First Sample

The CBS Evening News javascript:mediaPopup(‘http://media.bulletinnews.com/playclip.aspx?clipid=8cfddc6fc0ea6fb&pub=nasa#20130221114551143232218166′) (2/20, story 9, 0:25, Pelley, 5.58M) reported, “We…saw some powerful images today from Mars.” Discussing the Curiosity rover mission, “NASA said today that it scooped up about a tablespoon of powdered rock which will now be analyzed to determine what’s in it. Curiosity is looking for signs that Mars once […]

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Kepler Telescope Finds Exoplanet About The Size Of The Moon

The AP http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/20/smallest-planet-yet-found-outside-solar-system/ (2/21, Chang) reports scientists using the Kepler telescope data have discovered a planet about the size of the moon, although the exoplanet, called Kepler-37b, “orbits too close to its sun-like star and is too sizzling to support life.” It was discovered by Thomas Barclay of the Ames Research Center and it “took […]

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Curiosity Rover To Soon Ingest Rock Sample

The Cleveland Leader http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/20192 (2/17, Kent) reports, “NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover successfully drilled into Martian rock for the very first time without any complications, and is now readying to ingest the rock sample that it picked up about a week ago. The mission’s chief scientist, Joh Grotzinger, says that he expects this to happen very […]

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Curiosity’s Drilling Providing Tools For Future Mars Missions

New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23161-curiositys-first-drilling-hints-at-martian-mining.html (2/13, Grossman) reports Curiosity’s first drill on Mars this past weekend “could lay the groundwork for future Mars explorers to build structures or even to mine the Red Planet.” Louise Jandura of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “Drilling anywhere is hard, but drilling on a rover kicks it up a notch.” JPL […]

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Photographer Develops Interactive Panorama From Curiosity Images

Photographer Develops Interactive Panorama From Curiosity Images. The Wired http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/02/curiosity-drill-panorama/ (2/12, Mann, 798K) “Wired Science” blog reports on the Curiosity rover’s first drill, noting, “With this incredible interactive panorama, you can stand right beside the rover and see both its amazing environment and the fruits of its labor.” It was developed by photographer Andrew Bodrov […]

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Curiosity Collecting First Samples For Analysis

NBC Nightly News javascript:mediaPopup(‘http://media.bulletinnews.com/playclip.aspx?clipid=8cfd5df3196b33b&pub=nasa#20130211120609143232218166′) (2/10, story 8, 0:15, Holt, 7.86M) reported, “The Mars Rover Curiosity did something that had never been done before. It drilled a hole into the rocky surface of the planet and is now collecting the powdered results for analysis. It’s an area that shows signs if it was once under water, […]

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FINESSE Explorer selection site review

FINESSE

Tom Greene attended the FINESSE Explorer mission selection site review, held at JPL on February 7. FINESSE is competing with TESS to be the next NASA Explorer astrophysics mission. Both missions study extrasolar planets; TESS would find them, while FINESSE would characterize their atmospheres. […]

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Curiosity Makes “Mini Drill Test” Into Rock

The AP (2/8) reports, “The Curiosity rover has drilled a test hole in a Martian rock in preparation for the real thing.” NASA released images yesterday of the results of the “mini drill test” which it commanded Curiosity to make before full drilling operations. The BBC News (2/8, Amos) notes that “soon, Curiosity will be […]

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Curiosity Helping Prepare For Manned Missions To Mars

NASASpaceFlight http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/02/curiosity-will-help-humans-reach-mars/ (2/5, Bergin) reports, “As NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) continues to impress during its mission on the Red Planet marked by another milestone via the use of its drill for the first time NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, John Grunsfeld believes Curiosity is providing vital information ahead of potential crewed […]

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