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Robotic Probe to Seek Martian Life with New Focus
06/14/12 — Reuters—This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy forsearching for life beyond Earth.  Mars Science Laboratory due to land on Mars on Aug. 6 Rather than hunt for microbes like the Viking missions of the 1970s, NASA's Mars ScienceLaboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will look for places that could have hosted and preserved life. "The term 'life-detection' is so ill-defined and so hard to ascertain it doesn't make a goodstarting point," said geologist John Grotzinger, with the California Institute of Technology.Instead, NASA's new Mars mission, scheduled for landing on Aug. 6, is primarily a geologicalexpedition to…


New Robotic Probe to Seek Martian Life
06/11/12 — Reuters--This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth. Mars Science Laboratory due to land on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 Will explore places that could have hosted life Focus on geology of mound of sediment inside crater Rather than hunt for microbes like the Viking missions of the 1970s, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will look for places that could have hosted and preserved life. "The term 'life-detection' is so ill-defined and so hard to ascertain it doesn't make a good starting point," said geologist John Grotzinger,…



Robot to Robot: Dragon and Space Station Meet Up
05/25/12 — The privately owned and operated SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on Friday, a success for the Obama administration’s new strategy of using robotic missions and public-private partnerships in space.  NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station helped guide the capsule in, but the craft itself was…

New-look Moon Rover Robot to Land in 2014
05/24/12 — The lunar rover 'Asimov' due to land on the Moon in 2014, will be the first autonomously navigated rover on the Moon. It's autonomous navigation system is a major technological leap. While the Russian Moon rovers Lunokhod 1 and 2 in the early 70s were fully controlled from Earth, today's…

First Alaska and then Jupiter’s Europa
04/23/12 — PHYS.ORG—Robots are being developed all the time to do what we wish and to go where we can’t. This week, inventor Bill Stone told attendees at NASA’s Astrobiology Science Conference in Atlanta that he intends to get an autonomous robot ready to visit the icebound sea of Jupiter’s moon Europa,…

Instruments on NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Identify Clues to Martian Past
06/29/10 — Science instruments on the Curiosity Rover, including the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument, will examine the site’s modern environment for clues to the planet’s past. NASA’s Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the…

XCOR and Masten Announce Strategic Relationship for NASA Landers Business
05/31/10 — Developer of vertical take off, vertical landing vehicles partners producer of liquid oxygen/methane powered propulsion systems for future NASA unmanned landers. XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, two of the leaders in the New Space sector, have announced a strategic business and technology relationship to pursue jointly the anticipated NASA…

NASA to Launch Human-Like Robot to Join Space Station Crew
04/21/10 — Robonaut2, a two armed humanoid robot jointly developed by NASA and General Motors to work cooperatively and safely side-by-side humans on Earth and in space, is to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become…

NASA’s Opportunity Adds Autonomy
03/23/10 — Unexpected longevity of the Mars rover Opportunity provides NASA scientists with chance to “get some bonus science” – namely research into autonomous behavior in robots.  A newly uploaded software system, the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, or AEGIS, provides NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity with greater levels of autonomous…

Four NASA Robots Using RTI Publish-Subscribe Middleware
12/04/09 — NASA’s human-robotic systems communicate using Real-Time Innovations’ publish-subscribe middleware based on the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems (DDS) standard. Real-Time Innovations (RTI), providers of real-time middleware, announced that NASA is using RTI middleware to control a fleet of experimental robots. The NASA Human-Robotic Systems Project is…

NASA Concludes Robotics Tests For the Moon in Arizona
10/05/09 — Prototype lunar rovers tested during simulated 14-day mission in Arizona designed to test technologies and procedures for use on the moon. NASA has concluded two weeks of technology development tests on two of the agency’s prototype lunar rovers. The Desert RATS—or Research and Technology Studies—in the Arizona desert at Black…




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