- Meteorite discovery spurs hunt for more pieces
- Mojave Desert tests prepare for NASA Mars roving
- NASA’s new carbon-counting instrument leaves the nest
Posted: 12 May 2012 07:10 AM PDT
Meteorite fragments were recently scattered around Sutter’s Mill in California, the same region where the first nugget of gold was found that sparked the Gold Rush in 1848. Scientists believe the meteorites may hold answers to unsolved mysteries about our solar system and the origins of molecules necessary for life. When the Gold Rush began, people headed to California seeking their fortune. Now, with this meteorite hunt, people once again have flocked to this area to search for scientific treasures.
Posted: 12 May 2012 07:01 AM PDT
Team members of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission took a test rover to Dumont Dunes in California’s Mojave Desert this week to improve knowledge of the best way to operate a similar rover, Curiosity, currently flying to Mars for an August landing.
Posted: 12 May 2012 07:00 AM PDT
Its construction now complete, the science instrument that is the heart of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) spacecraft — NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide — has left its nest at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and has arrived at its integration and test site in Gilbert, Ariz.
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