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Preliminary Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover's Arm Camera

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2012
Preliminary Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover's Arm Camera On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), the Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture the set of thumbnail images stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait. This self-portrait documents the state of the rover and allows mission engineers to track changes over time, such as dust accumulation and wheel wear. Due to its location on the end of the robotic arm, only M...

Gazprom to Launch Two Satellites by Yearend

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Nov 02, 2012
Gazprom to Launch Two Satellites by Yearend Gazprom Space Systems (GSS), a telecommunications arm of Russia's energy giant Gazprom, is planning to launch two Yamal class satellites by the end of 2012, the company's general designer Nikolai Sevastyanov said on Thursday. GSS, formerly known as Gazcom, already operates a cluster of three Yamal telecoms satellites in orbit. The Yamal-300K satellite, built by Russia's Reshetnev spa...

A Next-Generation X-Ray Telescope Ready to Fly

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2012
A Next-Generation X-Ray Telescope Ready to Fly Those who watch the sun are regularly treated to brilliant shows - dancing loops of solar material rise up, dark magnetic regions called sunspots twist across the surface, and dazzling flares of light and radiation explode into space. But there are smaller, barely visible events, too: much smaller and more frequent eruptions called nanoflares. Depending on how many and how energetic these...

Spaceflight Completes Secondary Payload System Preliminary Design Review With Hardware Fabrication Underway

Seattle, WA (SPX) Nov 02, 2012
Spaceflight Completes Secondary Payload System Preliminary Design Review With Hardware Fabrication Underway Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) with its partner Andrews Space (Andrews) recently completed a Preliminary Design Review for the Spaceflight Secondary Payload System (SSPS) to support a launch in early 2013. Spaceflight is a leading provider of launch services for small and secondary payloads which is under contract to launch over a dozen spacecraft in the next 12 months, on a range of domes...

Survey Of Matijevic Hill Continues

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2012
Survey Of Matijevic Hill Continues Opportunity has completed approximately half of the local area survey around the location called Matijevic Hill (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover performed three survey drives on Sols 3112, 3114 and 3117 (Oct. 25, 27 and 30, 2012), driving 98 feet (30 meters) west, 30 feet (9 meters) north, and 108 feet (33 meters)...

Super-rare, super-luminous supernovae are likely explosion of universe's earliest stars

Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 02, 2012
Super-rare, super-luminous supernovae are likely explosion of universe's earliest stars The most-distant, super-luminous supernovae found to date have been observed by an international team, including Raymond Carlberg of the University of Toronto's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The stellar explosions would have occurred at a time when the universe was much younger and probably soon after the Big Bang. "The objects are both unusually bright and unusually slow to fa...

Space Station's Orbit Raised to Avoid Space Junk

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Nov 02, 2012
Space Station's Orbit Raised to Avoid Space Junk The Russian Mission Control said the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) was raised on Thursday by one kilometer to avoid a possible collision with space junk. "The maneuver to adjust the station's orbit lasted 406 seconds [about seven minutes]... The average height of the orbit was raised by one kilometer," a spokesman for the Mission Control said. He added that the readj...

Nereidum Montes helps unlock Mars' glacial past

Paris (ESA) Nov 02, 2012
Nereidum Montes helps unlock Mars' glacial past On 6 June, the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express revisited the Argyre basin as featured in our October release, but this time aiming at Nereidum Montes, some 380 km northeast of Hooke crater. The stunning rugged terrain of Nereidum Montes marks the far northern extent of Argyre, one of the largest impact basins on Mars. Nereidum Montes stretches almost 1150 km and was na...

Curious About Life: Interview with Jennifer Stern

Moffett Field CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2012
Curious About Life: Interview with Jennifer Stern The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ever had the potential for life. The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is actually a combination of three individual instruments that will investigate the chemistry of the Martian surface...