Mars Rover Curiosity

Mars Rover Curiosity will be put on standby

The Mars rover Curiosity of NASA, switched off, to wait out a Mars-bound solar blast. The mars rover will be put on standby after the Tuesday, when the SUN unleashed a flare in the direction of Red Planet. The team of rover views the shutdown of Curiosity, for withstanding of solar outbursts. The move can delay the return of mars rover to the operation, which is anticipated in this weekend. The robot perfectly operated in the Red Planet until Feb. 27, when it didn’t send the recorded data to the Earth.

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The Climate of the Mars may change by the hit of Comet C/2013 A1

By the hit of comet C/2013 A1 with the Mars, which can happen at October 2014, the climate of the Mars can be changed and become closer to the climate of the Earth. C/2013 A1 comet, was discovered in the beginning of this year by the astronomer Robert McNaught. According to conclusions of astronomers, if the collision happens, the present status and the climate of the Mars will change. According to estimations of astronomers, collision at a speed of 56 kilometers per second will lift huge of a dust in the atmosphere, and as a result of explosion huge volumes of ice and the frozen carbonic acid will instantly thaw and evaporate. It can lead to a global warming on the Mars. On the other hand, the dust in the atmosphere will detain the sunlight and ca provoke a cold snap, as it happened during the global dusty storms on Mars in the 1970th years.

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Comet C/2013 A1 Hit Mars

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) comet, was discovered in the beginning of this year by ace comet-hunter Robert McNaught in New South Wales. The astronomers almost 74 days are observing this comet and according the observations, the comet C/2013 A1 will buzz Mars on October 2014. Astronomers says that the distance between the comet C/2013 A1 and Mars will be approximately 0.008 AU (650,000 miles) and this distance will be safe for Mars. As the comet was discovered not so long ago, it is difficult for astronomers to forecast the right location of comet after 20 months. All these forecasts are based in the current observations, and in case of new information, of course, these forecasts will be changed.

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Curiosity drilling mars surface

Curiosity Drilling Mars Surface

NASA’s Curiosity rover is preparing to use its drill to bore into a Martian rock in the coming days. The rover carried out “pre-load” testing on January 27, placing the drill tip on a series of four locations on the rock and pressing down to test whether the amount of force applied to the hardware matches predictions formulated by NASA engineers. The team next planned to have Curiosity conduct an overnight pre-load test, into Monday morning January 28, to gain assurance that the large temperature change from day to night at the location doesn’t add excessive stress on the arm while pressing on the drill.

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Curiosity Rover

New Landing Target for Mars Rover Curiosity

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard. It was possible to adjust landing plans because of increased confidence in precision landing technology aboard the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, which is carrying the Curiosity rover.

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Endeavour Crater

Mars Rover Opportunity Sees Its Shadow in Martian Crater

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. Opportunity is perched on the western rim of Endeavour Crater looking eastward. The crater spans about 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter. Opportunity has been studying the edge of Endeavour Crater since arriving there in August 2011. The photo is a mosaic composed of images taken with Opportunity’s panoramic camera between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

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Martian Sand Dunes Movement

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed that movement in sand dune fields on the Red Planet occurs on a surprisingly large scale, about the same as in dune fields on Earth. This is unexpected because Mars has a much thinner atmosphere than Earth, is only about one percent as dense, and its high-speed winds are less frequent and weaker than Earth’s. For years, researchers debated whether sand dunes observed on Mars were mostly fossil features related to past climate, rather than currently active.

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BOLD Space Probe Would Search for Mars Life

The Biological Oxidant and Life Detection mission, or BOLD, would send six small spacecraft to Mars to seek out extinct or extant life in the planet’s red dirt. As said researchers the mission, if it’s ever approved, might be ready to go by 2018 and would likely cost less than $300 million. If BOLD gets off the ground, it would be the first dedicated life-detection mission to Mars since NASA’s twin Viking landers blasted off in 1975, ultimately returning inconclusive results.

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Mars Rocks Life

Scientists suspect that beneath their rugged exterior, some Martian rocks could be hiding life. An examination of data gathered by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reveals deposits that, on Earth, are only created by water moving through the rock. Opportunity also turned up evidence of hot, moving water within the rocks, likely caused by the impact that scooped out the crater, Odyssey. Opportunity completed its original three-month mission on Mars eight years ago.

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