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Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

By John Grotzinger This blog entry from John Grotzinger, the project scientist for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover’s findings. This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager [...]

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

By John Grotzinger This blog entry from John Grotzinger, the project scientist for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover’s findings. This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager [...]

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

By John Grotzinger This blog entry from John Grotzinger, the project scientist for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover’s findings. This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager [...]

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

By John Grotzinger This blog entry from John Grotzinger, the project scientist for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover’s findings. This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager [...]

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

By John Grotzinger This blog entry from John Grotzinger, the project scientist for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover’s findings. This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager [...]

Slice of History: Spin Test

Slice of History: Spin Test

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Spin Test — Photograph number 355-1272B In August 1964, this test fixture was used by the Spacecraft Design Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, [...]

NASA’s Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card

NASA’s Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in [...]

Inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference

When Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on Earth, struck the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013, it tore a wide swath of destruction across large parts of the island nation. Image Credit: ASI/NASA/JPL-Caltech Over on My Big Fat Planet, Carmen Boening, a scientist in the Climate Physics Group at NASA’s Jet [...]

Slice of History: Ranger Impact Limiter

Slice of History: Ranger Impact Limiter

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Ranger Impact Limiter — Photograph number 292-41A This photo was taken in November 1960 to show the lightweight balsa wood impact limiter that was to be [...]

For Dawn, a Time to Thrust and and a Time to Coast

For Dawn, a Time to Thrust and and a Time to Coast

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. In this graphic of Dawn’s interplanetary trajectory, the thin solid lines represent the orbits of Earth, Mars, Vesta and Ceres. After leaving Vesta, Dawn’s [...]

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