Curiosity Engineers, Scientists Getting Needed Time Off With Solar Conjunction

Curiosity Engineers, Scientists Getting Needed Time Off With Solar Conjunction. The Pasadena (CA) Star-News (4/5, Figueroa) reports how the Curiosity rover is now “operating under a stored set of commands” until May 1 because of a solar conjunction. Kimberly Lichtenberg, system engineer for the Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, said, “Everything that the rover […]

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Kepler Reaction Wheel Still has Elevated Levels Of Friction

Kepler Reaction Wheel Still has Elevated Levels Of Friction. Space News (4/5, Foust, Subscription Publication) reports, “A reaction wheel on NASA’s Kepler spacecraft continues to experience elevated levels of friction after a brief rest period, but project officials say that does not necessarily imply an imminent failure that could jeopardize the spacecraft’s planet-hunting mission.” Kepler […]

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Kepler Supplies More Evidence Supporting General Relativity

Kepler Supplies More Evidence Supporting General Relativity. The Los Angeles Times (4/5, Mohan, 692K) “Science Now” blog reports, “NASA’s Kepler space telescope has beamed back the latest evidence that light can be bent by gravity, an element of the theory of general relativity.” While the result was not surprising, “the findings represent the first time […]

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