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Budget cuts at NASA could kill Opportunity, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA has announced that it may have to cancel both the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the ongoing Opportunity mission due to budget shortfalls. Both projects could be vital to long-term colonization efforts on the Moon or Mars.

How Are Moon Maps Made?

6 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

At the 46th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston last week, I met some of the planetary scientists who use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to craft maps of the moon—those spectacular, highly detailed images thatShow More Summary

How NASA Uses the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to Hunt for New Craters on the Moon

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent video by NASA looks at how the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and its three onboard cameras hunt for new craters on the Moon. In the video, Dr. Mark Robinson explains how the lunar satellite compares images to find differences indicative of newly formed craters.

NASA spacecraft completes 40,000 Mars orbits

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on Feb. 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars, from equatorial to polar latitudes.

The other side of the moon

2 months agoHumor : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. It's not dark. And there don't appear to be any Nazi encampments - at least on the surface.Awesome imagery created by NASA using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA: The Far Side of the Moon

Because it’s in synchronous rotation with our planet, the Moon always faces Earth on one side, aka the near side. But thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA was able to map the far side of the Moon.

Take a look at the far side of the Moon in this new NASA video

If you've been curious about what the other side of the Moon looks like, but have been too lazy to look up NASA's findings on your own, this video has got you covered. Based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it gives us a close look a...

Lunar Volcanoes --"Were Active During the Age of the Dinosaurs" (Today's Most Popular)

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million...

Ancient Mars Islamic Civilization? NASA’s Mars Orbiter Photo ‘Shows’ Dome-Shaped Anomaly Similar to ‘Dome of the Rock’

Mars anomaly hunters have found a massive dome-shaped architectural structure in a photo taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The dome-shaped structure is strikingly similar to Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock. Could it beShow More Summary

Articulated Tripodal UFO And Alien Moon Base In 1971 Apollo 15 Mission Photo

A UFO researcher reports an anomaly in an Apollo 15 mission photo found in the archives of the website of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC maintained by the Arizona State University (ASU). The digital image may be viewed in the LROC’s Apollo Digital Image Archive here. Show More Summary

Beagle-2 spacecraft discovered on Martian surface

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Lost since 2003, the UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander has finally been discovered on the Martian surface by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Analysis of the images revealed that the lander survived its Dec. 25, 2003 touchdown, partially deploying on the surface of the Red Planet. Show More Summary

Mars orbiter rediscovers long-lost Beagle 2 lander

2 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has rediscovered a "lost" British spacecraft that disappeared without a trace more than 11 years ago.

A Mars lander lost in 2003 has just been found

2 months agoHealth : The Checkup

On Christmas Day 2003, a probe sent to Mars by Britain was lost as it landed. But now a spacecraft orbiting the red planet has captured the missing probe on camera.NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently caught sight of the Beagle 2 probe, giving Earth the first news of the failed space robot in over a decade.Read full article >>

Mars lander lost in 2003 has been found by NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter

2 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

"A bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander with solar arrays at least partially deployed on the surface of Mars." [JPL] The UK-built Beagle 2 Mars Lander has been considered lost on Mars since 2003. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today announced it has been found, in images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read the rest

The Remains Of Britain's Missing Lander May Have Been Spotted On Mars

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Rumors are swirling that the British Beagle 2 lander — missing since Christmas Day in 2003 — has been spotted on the surface of the Red Planet by NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read more...

This Is a Fresh Scar on Mars's Surface

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The red planet just took a hit. This image shows a new impact crater in Elysium Planitia, discovered by the HiRISE imager aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read more...

Mysterious Gouges in Martian Sand Dunes may be Caused by Evaporating Dry ice

After the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter began beaming back close-up images of the Red Planet, researchers spotted peculiar features along the slopes of dunes: long, sharply defined grooves (pictured) that seem to appear and disappear seasonally. Show More Summary

New Views of Ancient Martian Landscapes

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just keeps delivering remarkable scenes from the Red Planet.

NASA's LRO spacecraft captures images of LADEE's impact crater

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has spied a new crater on the lunar surface; one made from the impact of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. read more

NASA: "Moon's Volcanoes Were Active During Earth's Cretaceous Period --The Age of Dinosaurs"

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided researchers strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago. Scores of distinctive rock deposits observed by LRO are estimated to be less than 100 million...

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