Russia will launch probes to several planets and their satellites, Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said Thursday. The probes are expected to study the moon and the Martian satellite Phobos, as parts of a dozen of projects in astrophysical and solar research before 2023, Roscosmos said.
Opportunity Departs Block Island MarsDaily
Opportunity completed the circumnavigation and full-circle imaging of the large meteorite “Block Island” and has resumed the long drive to Endeavour crater. On Sol 2001 (Sept. 9, 2009), the rover moved 9 meters (30 feet) around the meteorite to the fourth and fifth out of six planned positions. On the next sol Opportunity reached the sixth and final position around Block Island with a 3-meter (10-foot) bump.
Arctic Preparations For Mars MarsDaily
Driving a rover on Mars and obtaining useful scientific information is something you don’t learn from one day to another. You need a lot of training and you need to be able to work with people who have different scientific backgrounds. One way to learn it is by carrying out the Science Operation Work Group (SOWG) during the AMASE expedition.
Wind speeds and directions were measured for the first time in the Mars polar region using the Phoenix lander’s Telltale instrument. Astronomers recorded Easterly winds of approximately 15-20 kilometers per hour during the Martian mid-summer. When autumn approached, the winds increased and switched round to come predominantly from the West.
Russia will pushed back its flagship satellite mission to Mars’ moon until 2011 in a move which will delay the joint launch of China’s first Mars probe, space sources were cited as saying Wednesday.
What should be the nation’s goals and priorities for exploring Mars in the 2013 to 2022 timeframe? To help answer this question, Mars scientists from the United States and around the world will gather Sept. 9 to 11 at the Faculty Club on ASU’s Tempe campus. Most of the discussions will be open to the public, in person and by webcast.