spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


On tenth anniversary, Opportunity finds early Mars hospitable to life
Posted: Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 7:22 AM ET (1222 GMT)
Mars Exploration Rover (NASA/JPL) Scientists celebrating the tenth anniversary of Mars rover Opportunity's landing on Mars late last week said the rover has confirmed the planet had conditions hospitable to life early in its history. In papers published in the journal Science, researchers analyzing data collected by Opportunity of rocks in a region called Matijevic Hill found a mineral called iron-rich smectite that formed in mild conditions that predate the formation of the crater four billion years ago where they were found. The Curiosity rover, on the other side of Mars from Opportunity, made a similar discovery earlier in its mission, although not nearly as far back in Martian history as the Opportunity finding. Opportunity, whose primary mission when it landed in January 2004 was just 90 days, remains in good condition, project officials said. Opportunity is currently studying a rock that recently appeared in front of the rover.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Tropical storm delays next Artemis 1 launch attempt
Posted: Sun, Sep 25 8:56 AM ET (1256 GMT)

Soyuz delivers new crew to ISS
Posted: Sun, Sep 25 8:49 AM ET (1249 GMT)

Pentagon to phase out use of GEO missile warning satellites
Posted: Sun, Sep 25 8:46 AM ET (1246 GMT)

news links
Wednesday, September 28


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list