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Mars Curiosity rover moves, finds broken sensor
LA Times ^ | 22 Aug 2012 | Amina Khan

Posted on 08/22/2012 8:02:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Curiosity has stretched its neck, flexed its arm and wiggled its toes – and it’s set to make its first drive on Mars after engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory send it instructions tonight. But in its self-examination, the Mars Science Laboratory has found more than a small bruise on its one-ton body.

Curiosity has been testing its cameras, laser and other functions since landing on the Red Planet on Aug. 5. NASA officials announced Monday that the rover had successfully unfolded its arm. The robotic arm holds what mission manager Michael Watkins called a veritable “Swiss army knife” of tools in its figurative fist, including a drill for boring into rocks and a microscopic camera for imaging their structure in extreme detail.

The Martian rover is also set to make its first drive. Engineers at JPL have now tested out the six-wheeled rover’s four steering wheels on each corner of its body. With the wheels rotating as expected, the NASA team members say they will be sending commands tonight that will have the rover move 3 meters forward – about the rover’s length – and then turn 90 degrees and back up. Curiosity will then get its first look at its own landing spot. That exercise should take about 30 minutes, officials said.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: curiosity; mars; michaelwatkins

1 posted on 08/22/2012 8:02:41 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Bump


2 posted on 08/22/2012 8:05:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: smokingfrog

3 posted on 08/22/2012 8:23:42 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: smokingfrog

Houston we have a condom?


4 posted on 08/22/2012 8:31:47 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: smokingfrog

We have actually put a car on Mars and we are going to drive it around, from Earth...

Amazing. Everything having to do with this mission has my brain locked in a fantasy world. It’s hard for me to believe that we have actually done this.

Obama did not build this, the American people did. American ingenuity. American dreamers, a free America did this.


5 posted on 08/22/2012 8:40:54 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: smokingfrog

Looks like NASA is doing muzzi outreach through the LA times.


6 posted on 08/22/2012 8:43:25 PM PDT by Track9 (Ego undermines moral courage.)
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To: smokingfrog

Damn. Hasn’t even made it’s first drive and already an instrument is broken. Hope this isn’t a bad omen of things to come.

I’m disappointed they didn’t put a microphone on the rover. Would have been great to hear the wind blowing on another planet! Or lightning generated by dust storms. Or sonic booms of meteors entering the atmosphere. The only Mars probe that had a microphone on it was the Mars Polar Lander. But that probe crashed.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 8:47:53 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Gator113
I have a hard time getting a radio controlled car down the street. These guys do it on ANOTHER PLANET!

Hats off.

8 posted on 08/22/2012 8:48:56 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: smokingfrog
I told them..... do not to hire that dude from Yugo.
9 posted on 08/22/2012 8:55:08 PM PDT by Musketeer
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To: chessplayer

>> I’m disappointed they didn’t put a microphone on the rover.

That’s hard to believe. No sonic instrumentation?


10 posted on 08/22/2012 9:04:45 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: chessplayer
You're right. I microphone so we could hear Mars would be too cool. Seems like an oversight but I guess they have to strictly prioritize what sensors get to go.
11 posted on 08/22/2012 9:10:54 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: smokingfrog
Awright. Gonna get the eyes tested. I thought it said broken sewer.
12 posted on 08/22/2012 9:22:04 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Gene Eric
That’s hard to believe. No sonic instrumentation?

You're right, small piezo transducer, one lowly telemetry channel, wouldn't have taken much.

13 posted on 08/22/2012 9:23:17 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: chessplayer
I'm disappointed they didn't put a microphone on the rover

And maybe an electric guitar and drum set.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 9:27:52 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: smokingfrog

Maybe next time they’ll put on a retractable cover to protect the instrumentation.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 9:34:01 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Gator113

The project started 8 years ago. Obama inherited it.


16 posted on 08/22/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Gator113
We have actually put a car on Mars and we are going to drive it around, from Earth...
Amazing. Everything having to do with this mission has my brain locked in a fantasy world.
Obama did not build this, the American people did. American ingenuity. American dreamers, a free America did this.

Needs repeating.

America is different than the other nations. Americans drive RC cars... on Mars.

God Bless America.

17 posted on 08/22/2012 9:42:28 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: chessplayer

Obviously Bush’s fault. Just ask Slow Joe, he’ll tell ya.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 9:47:47 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: smokingfrog

I would find it interesting to see other rovers and or crash sites
if ever an opportunity presents itself


19 posted on 08/22/2012 9:55:35 PM PDT by daku
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To: going hot
I wanted a Radio Plane and thought I better try a simulator first. Good thing I did
because I must have wrecked at least 100k worth of RC aircraft. No plane for me.

I really like seeing us driving around Mars. /Salute Nasa

20 posted on 08/22/2012 10:06:47 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax
Joy riding on the Red Planet with a remote controlled dune buggy!

Yeeehaa

21 posted on 08/22/2012 10:20:16 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: going hot

Bookmark


22 posted on 08/22/2012 10:46:08 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: BulletBobCo

But then the cover could fail to retract.


23 posted on 08/23/2012 6:34:03 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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