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The Claw Game on Mars

If youve ever played the claw machine at an arcade, you know how hard it can be to maneuver the metal "hand" to pick up a prize. Imagine trying to play that game when the claw is on Mars, the objects youre trying to grasp are far more fragile than a stuffed bear and all you have is a stitched-together panorama of the environment you're working in. Oh, and there might be a dust storm.

SOP newswireNASA Telescope Sees Black Hole Munch on a Star - A giant black hole has been caught red-handed dipping into a cosmic cookie jar of stars by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. This is the first time astronomers
SOP newswireNASA Mars Orbiter Photographs Spirit and Vikings on the Ground - New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show three additional NASA spacecraft that have landed on Mars: the Spirit rover active on the surface since January 2004 and the two Viking landers that successfully reached the surface in
SOP newswireNASA's Purveyors of the Cosmic Occult - To a non-scientist, the words 'radio occultation' might sound a little spooky. But this relatively simple NASA-developed technology at the heart of a
SOP newswireStudies Show Plutonium Degradation in U.S. Nuclear Weapons Will Not Affect Reliability Soon - WASHINGTON, D.C. " Recent studies by Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories show that the aging of plutonium in U.S. nuclear weapons will not affect reliability over the next several decades. The classified studies were done for the Department of Energy"s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and have taken five years to complete.
SOP newswireRearing cattle produces mores greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns - Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric
SOP newswireUSGS Opens its Doors to the Public - Have you ever thought about being a scientist or wondered what they do? The U.S. Geological Survey invites you to find out during their Open House on Nov. 29.
SOP newswireJohn Clark Assumes New Scientific Post at NTSB - Washington, D. C. - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today announced that he has named John Clark, formerly Director of Aviation Safety, as the agency's Chief Scientist for Aeronautical Engineering.
SOP newswireNoaa National Weather Service Creates New Forecast Zones for Portions of Maryland and West Virginia - Very different climate patterns exist on either side of the Allegheny Front, a ridgeline that runs north-south along the Appalachian mountains.
SOP newswireNASA Genesis Findings Solve Apollo Lunar Soil Mystery - Ever since astronauts returned from another world, scientists have been mystified by some of the moon rocks they brought back. Now one of the mysteries has been solved.
Amanda CarverGlobal Warming or Sun Spots? - Publications across the nation have been bombarded these past few years with articles debating global warming. Are we to blame? Is it the sun’s fault? Is there really a hole in the ozone? Is our goose cooked?
SOP newswireNASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay - An orbiting NASA spacecraft just starting to study Mars with six science instruments has successfully tested another key
SOP newswireClimate And Coastal Hazards Among Research Themes - NOAA, along with a consortium of universities and institutions, announced the creation of a new cooperative institute. The new Northern Gulf Institute will collaborate with NOAA scientists to study
SOP newswireNASA Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet -- a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.
SOP newswireGround Team Stays Busy on 10th Anniversary of NASA Mars Launch - Engineers are striving to restore full communications with NASA's Mars Global Surveyor on the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft's Nov. 7, 1996, launch.
SOP newswireMercury transit foreshadows future planet hunt - It was a Frenchman, Pierre Gassendi, who first observed the transit of Mercury. But it's thanks to a German astronomer, Johannes Kepler, that Gassendi knew when to look for it.
SOP newswireNOAA Says Focus Needed on Non-Native Lionfish - NOAA researchers reported today that non-native lionfish populations will continue to grow and cannot be eliminated practically using conventional methods.
SOP newswireLunar Lander Challenge and Vertical Lander Challenge - Our return to the Moon requires a new generation of lunar vehicles. In these competitions, teams must demonstrate the ability to launch vertically, hover, land precisely, refuel and refly.
SOP newswire$2.5 Million Grant to University of Michigan to Develop Forecasting for Dead Zones - U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary David A. Sampson announced NOAA has awarded $506,190 as the first installment in a five-year $2.5 million grant to the University of Michigan.
SOP newswireNorthwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument Trustees Partner in Marine Debris Removal - Established earlier this year, the monument is the world's largest fully protected marine conservation area.
SOP newswireNASA Holds Media Events Surrounding Hubble Servicing Mission Decision Announcement - Shuttle astronauts will make one final house call to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as part of a mission to extend and improve the observatory's capabilities through 2013.
SOP newswireNOAA Releases Expanded World Ocean Database - NOAA today announced that it has released the significantly expanded World Ocean Database 2005, the world's largest collection of scientific information about the oceans of the globe, dating as far back as 1800.
SOP newswireOnly Five More Days for Your Name to Rise With the Dawn - NASA's campaign to send the nom de plumes of people from around the world into the heart of the asteroid belt ends Sat., Nov. 4.
SOP newswireNASA Administrator Departs China After 'Rewarding' First Visit - I expected to meet capable, involved, committed, energetic people who are devoted to their country's space program,
SOP newswireVT Halter Marine to Build Swath Vessel for NOAA - VT Halter Marine expects to deliver the SWATH CMV by the summer of 2008. The nearly 38-meter long vessel will be homeported at Fort Point in New Castle
SOP newswireDelta II STEREO launches from Cape Canaveral - PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Two NASA observatories called
NASA's Spitzer Peels Back Layers of Star's Explosion - Astronomers using NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered that an exploded star, named Cassiopeia A, blew up in a somewhat orderly fashion
SOP newswireNASA New supplies arrived at the International Space Station - New supplies arrived at the International Space Station Thursday as an
SOP newswireNASA's First 3-D Solar Imaging Mission Soars Into Space - NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories mission, known as STEREO, successfully launched Wednesday at 8:52 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
SOP newswireNASA The Spark of a New Era - On July 4th of 2005, the hopes and dreams of the people of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory rode on the precision of a single five-pound rocket motor. Within one 90-minute span, the diminutive thruster had to fire accurately three times to position the working end of NASA's Deep Impact mission in
SOP newswireFreedom of Action Centerpiece of New U.S. Space Policy - Washington -- Freedom of action in space is the centerpiece of a new U.S. National Space Policy, the first update in nearly 10 years, that accounts for technology advances and the growing importance of space to international commerce, science, peace and security.
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