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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.

SOP newswireAlgal Blooms Worth $7.5 Million - NOAA awarded the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution $1,377,826 for the first year of funding of a $7.5 million, five-year grant, to extend harmful algal bloom
SOP newswirePlanet-Finding by Numbers - More than a decade after the first planets beyond our solar system were found, astronomers have discovered about 200 of these
SOP newswireNASA Orbiter Reveals New Details of Mars - Washington -- During its first week of observations from low orbit, NASA's newest Mars spacecraft already is revealing new clues about recent and ancient environments on the Red Planet.
SOP newswireIs Seafood Better Than Other Animal Proteins? - Americans can decrease their risk for heart disease by substituting seafood for other animal proteins, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. A government-sponsored study, released today by the Institute, finds that seafood
SOP newswireNASA Says: 'Build It and Infrared Surprises Will Come' - Engineers are rolling up their sleeves in preparation for building a telescope that will find the nearest star-like objects and the brightest galaxies. NASA has approved the start of construction on a new mission called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which will scan the entire sky in infrared light.
SOP newswireSatellite Launch Is Milestone in U.S.-European Cooperation - Washington -- The October 17 liftoff of the European polar-orbiting satellite, MetOp-A, will mark a major milestone in the U.S.- European Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS).
SOP newswireNASA Finds Saturn's Moons May be Creating New Rings - Cassini scientists are on the trail of the missing moons of Saturn. A recent observation by the spacecraft leads them to believe that they will find the moons near newly discovered rings around the planet.
SOP newswireCassini Image Shows Saturn Draped in a String of Pearls - The image, acquired by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows Saturn lit by its own internal, thermal glow. Clearly visible is a 60,000-kilometer-long (37,000 miles) string of bright
SOP newswireNOAA , National Science Teachers Association Unveil Comprehensive Online Teaching Tool - NOAA and the National Science Teachers Association announced the unveiling of the Coral Ecosystem SciGuide, a new Web-based
SOP newswireNASA's Mars Rover and Orbiter Team Examines Victoria Crater - NASA's long-lived robotic rover Opportunity is beginning to explore layered rocks in cliffs ringing the massive Victoria crater on Mars.
SOP newswireNASA Supersonic Jousting - Early fighter pilots were sometimes called knights of the air, a reflection of medieval times when knights used blunted lances in jousting tournaments to dismount competitors from their horses.
SOP newswireNASA Chinese Lantern Technique Helps Track Clouds at Saturn - A new image of Saturn demonstrates a technique that creates a Chinese lantern effect, showing Saturn's deep clouds silhouetted against the planet's warm, glowing interior. Seen this way, Saturn's interior shows surprising activity underneath the overlying haze, with a great variety of cloud shapes and sizes.
SOP newswireAres I Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage Contract Modification - NASA is extending a previous contract action with ATK Thiokol of Brigham City, Utah, to continue design and development of the first stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle.
SOP newswireHubble Discovers 16 Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates orbiting a variety of distant stars in the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.
SOP newswireNOAA Reports Decreased Levels of Toxins in Mollusks - In a new report, the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science research has found a continuing decrease in toxic organic chemicals in mollusks, specifically mussels and oysters, collected at more than 250 sites nationwide.
SOP newswireAmazing Andromeda Galaxy - Galaxy Evolution Explorer detected young, hot, high-mass stars, which are represented in blue, while populations of relatively older stars are shown as green dots. The bright yellow spot at the galaxy's center depicts a particularly dense population of old stars.
SOP newswireNASA's New Mars Camera Gives Dramatic View of Planet - Mars is ready for its close-up. The highest-resolution camera ever to orbit Mars is returning low-altitude images to Earth from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
SOP newswireNASA Ends One Chapter in Human Spaceflight, Prepares for the Next - NASA is marking a historic moment in the life of the nation's largest rocket engine test complex. The Stennis Space Center conducted the final space shuttle main engine test on its A-1 Test Stand Friday.
SOP newswireNASA Mars Rover Arrives at Dramatic Vista on Red Planet - NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity has arrived at the rim of a crater
SOP newswireNASA Extends Johnson Security Support Services Contract - NASA has awarded a potential two-year extension valued at $26 million
SOP newswireNASA Study Tracks Global Sources, Transport of Air Pollution - A NASA and university study of ozone and carbon monoxide pollution in Earth's atmosphere is providing unique insights into the sources of these pollutants and how they are transported around the world.
SOP newswireAstronaut Shannon Lucid's China Homecoming - During their visit, Griffin and Lucid are touring several aerospace facilities in Beijing and Shanghai, including facilities where Chinese spacecraft and payloads are developed.
SOP newswireResearch Targets Public Health and Economic Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms - Harmful algal blooms are proliferations of microscopic algae that harm the environment and humans by producing toxins that accumulate in shellfish and fish, pollute drinking and swimming water, and contaminate coastal air.
SOP newswireWANDERING HOODED SEALS PUZZLE AND CHALLENGE NOAA's STRANDING NETWORK - Hooded seals, Cystophora cristata, are often called ice seals due to their preference for Northern ice sheets. However, this summer there was an increase in Hooded seal sightings and strandings throu
SOP newswireInternational Space Station Status Report: SS06-041 - Discovery in July and has served as flight engineer for Expedition
SOP newswireShort-Term Ocean Cooling Suggests Global Warming - The average temperature of the water near the top of Earth's oceans has significantly cooled since 2003. New research suggests global warming trends are not always steady in their effects on ocean temperatures.
SOP newswireThe Ocean Takes Care of Us, Let's Return the Favor - Thank You Ocean, a statewide public awareness and information outreach effort, is being launched by the California Resources Agency and NOAA. Empowering Californians to protect the Pacific is the focus of the campaign announced Monday at the California and the World Ocean '06 conference. The campaign is designed
SOP newswireSpace Shuttle Atlantis landing this morning at Kennedy - Space Shuttle Atlantis glided to a landing this morning at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., concluding a successful mission to resume construction of the International Space Station. Atlantis and the six-member STS-115 crew spent nearly 12 days in space.
SOP newswireDroids in the Desert - Arizona tourists may think they’ve stumbled upon a science fiction movie set if they find themselves near the state’s famed Meteor Crater in early September.
SOP newswireScientists Discover New Ring and Other Features at Saturn - Saturn sports a new ring in an image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sunday, Sept. 17, during a one-of-a-kind observation.
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