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As this new web site changes and grows, past features will be archived here. The date each item was moved from the front page is noted.

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2018

June 07
NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars
Curiosity Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring the planet's surface and subsurface.

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June 04
Mars Curiosity's Labs Are Back in Action

NASA's Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year. "This was no small feat. It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off," said Jim Erickson, project manager of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The Curiosity rover is part of the MSL mission. "JPL's engineers had to improvise a new way for the rover to drill rocks on Mars after a mechanical problem took the drill offline in December 2016." The rover drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016.

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May 23
Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks
Duluth

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them. This past weekend, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in more than a year. Curiosity tested percussive drilling this past weekend, penetrating about 2 inches (50 millimeters) into a target called "Duluth.".

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May 17
NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims to Get Its Rhythm Back
Curosity Drill

NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again. Engineers have been working for the past year to restore the rover's full drilling capabilities, which were hampered in 2016 due to a mechanical problem. Later this weekend, they'll be adding percussion to a new technique already in use on Mars.

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May 14
Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency's Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

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May 09
VEX 2018 - 2019 Challenge
VEX announced their new challenge for the 2018-2019 season "Turning Point" where two team alliances face off by High Scoring or Low Scoring Caps, Toggling Flags, and by Alliance Parking or Center Parking Robots onto Platforms. The Team with the Higest Score wins!





May 01
2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Season is Now Over
NASA meatball and FIRST logos

With the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Houston and Detroit Championships over and the season coming to an end. We would like to take this time and congratulate everyone who participated in the 2018 FRC season!!

For the teams that received a NASA grant, please make sure to have your team complete their exit surveys in the link below.

+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submissions





April 30
Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science
Swarmathon

Students from universities and community colleges across the nation recently participated in third annual Swarmathon. The robotic programming competition took place at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex April 17-19. Their developments may lead to technology that could help astronauts find needed resources while exploring the Moon or Mars.

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March 01
2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts
NASA meatball and FIRST logos

The 2018 FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions are finally upon us! Are you ready? Check out our compilation of webcasts in the link below! Webcasts will be linked as they become available.




+ Exit Survey
+ Exit Survey Submission Results

+ Regional Webcast List
+ Game Animation
+ Kickoff Broadcast
+ Field Tour
+ NASA FRC Awards List





March 01
Curiosity's New Drilling Technique

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March 01
VEX University Tournament Webcast
VEX Robotics Competition Logo

West Virginia VEX University tournament will be held at Fairmont State University on Friday, March 2nd from 12-8pm EST. VEX IQ and VEX EDR West Virginia State Championships will follow on Saturday, March 3rd. Can't make the event, check out the webcast links below.

+ VEX Webcast - Friday
+ VEX IQ Webcast - Saturday
+ VEX EDR Webcast - Saturday

+ Event Info VEX U - Friday
+ Event Info VEX - Saturday
+ Event Info VEX IQ - Saturday





February 01
Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far

In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. A panoramic image that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took from a mountainside ridge provides a sweeping vista of key sites visited since the rover's 2012 landing, and the towering surroundings.

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January 06
2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

The 2018 kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. The 2018 Kickoff took place on Saturday January 6th, 2018.

+ Game Animation
+ Kickoff Broadcast
+ Field Tour
+ Kickoff Webpage






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Last Updated: June 18, 2018
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