Curiosity Finds “Surprising” Amounts Of Water, Perchlorate On Mars

The Christian Science Monitor (9/27, Spotts, 540K) reports on five new papers about what the Curiosity rover found during its first 100 days on Mars. It found that liquid water was present in Gale Crater, answering the “overarching question” of whether Mars was habitable at one period in time. The rover also discovered a type […]

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Science Benefits from Diverse Landing Area of NASA Mars Rover

NASA’s Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere. Examination of loose rocks, sand and dust has provided new understanding of the local and global processes on Mars. Analyses of observations and measurements by the rover’s science instruments […]

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Curiosity’s Methane Result Causing Reexamination Of Previous Data

The Washington Post (9/23, Achenbach, 4.28M) continues coverage of how the Curiosity rover found no trace of methane on Mars. Michael Mumma of the Goddard Space Flight Center said his team is reviewing their data since they previously had detected the gas. Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, said, “It’s possible that […]

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LADEE UVS spectrometer alive and healthy

Following the successful launch and activation of the LADEE spacecraft, the Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrometer (UVS) instrument was powered for the first time on Sep 14, 2013. UVS was activated and ran through a series of “dark calibrations”. These calibrations make measurements of the noise on the instruments sensor while the instruments telescope door is […]

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Exploring Earth’s alien spaces

Nathalie Cabrol

When Nathalie Cabrol was little,her grandfather gave her a pair of binoculars he had picked up as a soldier in Germany after the liberation of France. It was her first real glimpse at the wonders of the moon and stars. “Later,” Cabrol says with a laugh, “my toys became more elaborate and complex.” Today she […]

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Curiosity To Conduct “Intense Science” At First Waypoint

The BBC News (9/16, Amos, 1.62M) reports continued coverage of the “intense science” the Curiosity rover will conduct now that it arrived at its first waypoint. While the rover is still “many months” away from its ultimate destination of Mount Sharp, the article notes that operators are “delighted” by how Curiosity is handling. The article […]

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