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Technical issues experienced by Curiosity while scaling Mount Sharp have prevented the Mars rover from moving its robotic arm or continuing its journey, limiting it to monitoring the planet's weather and capturing images over the past two weeks, , the issue involves a motor in the part of the rover's extendable arm used to drill into Martian rock and was first experienced when Curiosity began to climb the gently sloping central peak of Gale Crater, the region where it landed in 2012. Currently, the drill stops functioning once the tip is just a few inches off the ground, the agency explained. Comment?
While most of us were sleeping Sunday night, an asteroid zoomed past the Earth at a distance of just over 300,000 miles - but don't worry, because NASA's new space rock detection system was tracking the object and knew there was virtually no chance of impact. and other media outlets, it's a computer program named Scout that is currently being tested at the US space agency's NASA in Pasadena, California, and it constantly looks at data collected by observatories all over the world searching for nearby asteroids. Comment?
A maneuver designed to reduce the Juno spacecraft's orbit around Jupiter from 53.4 days to 14 days has been postponed due to issues with a pair of helium check valves in the probe's primary engine which are part of its fuel pressurization system, NASA officials in Pasadena, California entered a series of commands late last week when they discovered via telemetry that the valves were not functioning correctly. "Telemetry indicates that two helium check valves that play an important role in the firing of the spacecraft's main engine did not operate as expected during a command sequence that was initiated yesterday," Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager at JPL, explained in a statement. Comment?
Mars rover Curiosity late last week "arguably rival photos taken in US National Parks" and reveal the various layers of the Red Planet's geologic past, officials at the space agency revealed in a Sept. 10 The stunning new photographs feature the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount Sharp, NASA said, and were taken on last Thursday using Curiosity's Mast Camera instrument. Comment?
NASA scientists have been trying for decades to uncover seasonal patterns in the dust storms on Mars, their efforts have at last proven fruitful, but the new data that helped pave the way for their success came from a somewhat unexpected source: atmospheric temperature readings. , the researchers recently abandoned efforts to find the patterns from images showing dust grains, and instead reviewed six recent Martian years of temperature records collected by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and other probes. Comment?
With data collected since 2004, the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission has shown that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has three large methane seas and many smaller lakes that together cover around 2 percent of its surface. Titan is the only one of our solar system's hundreds of moons that has a dense atmosphere and significant bodies of stable liquid on its surface. Comment?
After more than a decade on the Red Planet, you would think that there would be little that the folks at NASA would ask the Mars Rover Opportunity to accomplish, but you would be wrong, at the agency recently attempted to have the vehicle climb its steepest slope yet. , Opportunity was directed to a 32 degree slope on March 10 and attempted to scale a hill near the crest of the area known as Knudsen Ridge. Comment?
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