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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

"NASA's Curiosity rover has captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface. Composed of more than 1,000 images taken during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the composite contains 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape. The rover's Mast Camera, or Mastcam, used its telephoto lens to produce the panorama; meanwhile, it relied on its medium-angle lens to produce a lower-resolution, nearly 650-million-pixel panorama that includes the rover's deck and robotic arm."




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Bold space mission to bring back rocks from Mars takes shape

"In just over a decade, a small capsule shaped like a flying saucer will blaze in from space and smash into an empty Utah desert. Inside the capsule, protected by shock absorbers, will be a precious payload: about half a kilogram of rocks gathered on Mars. After years as a dream, Mars sample return (MSR) is now a $7 billion plan, devised jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Involving three heavy rocket launches from Earth, two rovers, the first ever rocket launch from another planet, and a daring rendezvous between the sample container and a spacecraft that would ferry it back to Earth, 'It's as complicated as sending humans to the Moon', says Brian Muirhead, lead MSR planner at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California."

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Nuclear Reactor for Mars Outpost Could Be Ready to Fly by 2022

"A new type of nuclear reactor designed to power crewed outposts on the moon and Mars could be ready for its first in-space trial just a few years from now, project team members said."

"A flight test is the next big step for the Kilopower experimental fission reactor, which aced a series of critical ground tests from November 2017 through March 2018. No off-Earth demonstration is on the books yet, but Kilopower should be ready to go by 2022 or so if need be, said Patrick McClure, Kilopower project lead at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico."

"'I think we could do this in three years and be ready for flight', McClure said late last month during a presentation with NASA's Future In-Space Operations working group."

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Four Mars missions are launching next year


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20158266
Posted by tectonic (karma: 3736)
Post stats: Points: 161 - Comments: 41 - 2019-06-11T18:40:01Z

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