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  • The Curiosity Rover Just Drilled into a Rock on Mars for 1st Time Since 2016

    03/04/2018 9:51:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 1, 2018 07:00am ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    Curiosity bored a hole about 0.5 inches (1.3 centimeters) deep into a target rock on Monday (Feb. 26), during the trial run of a new, jury-rigged drilling technique, NASA officials said. The car-size rover's drill — a key tool at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm that allows it to snag pristine samples from the interiors of ancient rocks — has been out of commission since late 2016... More than seven months after a malfunction sidelined the rock-boring drill aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, mission team members are still trying to find a solution, or a work-around. On Dec. 1,...
  • NASA's Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science

    02/05/2016 12:46:49 AM PST · by blam · 42 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2016
    NASA's Spirit Mars Rover Found Mysterious Growths On Mars That Could Be The Biggest Discovery In Science Jennifer Deal February 5, 2016 Four billion years ago, Mars looked a lot like Earth does today. So it's not surprising that a team of scientists believe that they may have discovered the first signs of ancient alien life on the planet.(click to the site to see the video)
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity's View

    08/08/2015 4:23:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | August 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: By planet Earth's calendar, the Curiosity Mars Rover reached its 3rd anniversary on the surface of the Red Planet on August 6. To celebrate, gaze across this dramatic panoramic view of diverse terrain typical of the rover's journey to the layered slopes of Aeolis Mons, also known as Mount Sharp. Recorded with Curiosity's Mast Camera instrument, the scene looks south across gravel, sand ripples, and boulders toward rounded buttes. In the background, higher layers at left are toward the southeast, with southwest at panorama right. The individual images composing the view were taken on Curiosity's mission sols (martian days)...
  • Extraterrestrials: NASA rover shows Mars rodent

    11/20/2013 2:24:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 24, 2013 | Raymond Samuels
    A report posted on UFO Sightings Daily claims that life has been discovered on Mars. The report talks about finding a rat like Creature in one of the photos posted in official NASA website. The photo was sent by the Mars Rover. The website, UFO Sightings Daily, is coordinated by Scott C. Waring. He had been affiliated with the United States Air Force at SAC base (USAF flight line). He currently owns an ESL School in Taiwan. In this report, Scott has published images of the creature, taken from official NASA website, along with a video of the creature posted...
  • Penny For Your Martian Thoughts: This Is How A Coin Looks After 14 Months On The Red Planet

    10/09/2013 7:09:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell on
    A high-power camera on the Mars Curiosity rover snapped a picture of a 1909 American penny featuring Abraham Lincoln. The coin is used as a calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) that is at the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm. In just over an Earth year on the Red Planet, you can see the bright copper is muted by lots of Mars dust. Although the image has public relations appeal, there are scientific reasons behind picking that particular calibration target. It is supposed to measure how well the camera is performing, which is important as it zooms...
  • Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos (Video)

    08/17/2013 12:47:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Auggust 16, 2013 | Staff
    Direct Link To VideoYouTube:Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of DeimosThis sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ. Pasadena, California — The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Large craters on Phobos are clearly visible in these images from the surface of Mars. No previous images from missions on the surface caught one moon eclipsing the other....
  • NASA Pauses Mars Missions To Avoid Interference

    04/04/2013 5:52:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    infrmationweek ^ | April 04, 2013 02:00 PM | J. Nicholas Hoover
    In an effort to avoid problems caused by interference, NASA will temporarily limit scientific observations by its Mars rovers and orbiters beginning Thursday as the Red Planet passes behind the sun as seen from Earth. The sun will appear between Earth and Mars throughout the month of April in a setup known as a Mars solar conjunction, which can interfere with communications between the two planets. Specifically, during these solar conjunctions, solar flares and charged particles being emitted from the sun can disrupt radio communications, and thus could interfere with the stream of data being sent back and forth to...
  • Mars rover finally looks set to drill

    01/05/2013 7:36:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    bbc ^ | 4 January 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | Jonathan Amos
    All of Curiosity's instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed. Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover's onboard laboratories for analysis. As Curiosity trundled through Yellowknife Bay in December, it used its survey instruments to try to identify the most promising candidate rock. This equipment comprises the mast-mounted colour cameras and laser spectrometer, and the arm-held "hand lens" camera and X-ray spectrometer. Continue reading the main story Take a trip to Mars Explore...
  • First Scoopful [Martian Soil] a Success [For "Curiosity'}

    10/08/2012 3:49:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nasa ^ | Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:52:13 AM PDT
    On the mission's 61st Martian day, or sol (Oct. 7, 2012), NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its soil scoop for the first time, collecting a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site. Imaging verified collection of the sample. The collected material will be used for cleaning interior surfaces of the rover's sample-handling mechanism. It will be held and vibrated inside each chamber of the mechanism before the material is discarded. Curiosity's Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, on the robotic arm, includes the scoop and the mechanism for sieving and portioning samples of...
  • How the Curiosity rover will land on Mars

    08/22/2010 12:31:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    CNet ^ | 8/20/10 | William Harwood
    Slamming into the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph and enduring temperatures of up to 3,800 degrees Fahrenheit, a peak deceleration of up to 15 Gs, and the jerk of a supersonic braking parachute--that's just the opening act. For NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the real fun will start 50 seconds before touchdown when the one-ton nuclear-powered rover falls free of its parachute for a nail-biting rocket-powered final descent to the surface. (For the main story in this package, see "On Mars, satisfaction awaits Curiosity.") Unlike past Mars missions, the Curiosity rover will not set down atop a legged lander or bounce...
  • Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror (Upcoming Mars landing)

    07/13/2012 5:53:33 PM PDT · by bigbob · 21 replies
    NASA JPL ^ | 6-22-12 | NASA JPL News
    Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. Video with interviews with the designers and excellent computer animations can be viewed at the link: "DARE MIGHTY THINGS"
  • Mars rover Curiosity nears make-or-break landing attempt

    08/05/2012 3:07:52 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 38 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Aug 5, 2012 | steve gorman
    PASADENA, Calif., Aug 5 (Reuters) - The Mars rover Curiosity, on a quest for signs the Red Planet once hosted the building blocks of life, streaked into the home stretch of its eight-month voyage on Sunday nearing a make-or-break landing attempt NASA calls its most challenging ever. Curiosity, the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory ever sent to a distant world, was scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater on Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time (1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday/0531 GMT on Monday). Mission control engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles acknowledge that delivering...
  • Mars Rover Curiosity Lands successfully!! LIVE THREAD

    08/05/2012 11:04:03 AM PDT · by hattend · 631 replies
    Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) ^ | 5 Aug 2012 | JPL
    Landing at 10:30PM Pacific...yes, this is early so all the aviation, space, astronomy and science pingers can "get 'er done".
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity Before Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror

    07/31/2012 4:57:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    NASA ^ | July 31, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Next week at this time, there may be an amazing new robotic explorer on Mars. Or there may be a new pile of junk. It all likely depends on many things going correctly in the minutes after the Mars Science Laboratory mission arrives at Mars and attempts to deploy the Curiosity rover from orbit. Arguably the most sophisticated landing yet attempted on the red planet, consecutive precision events will involve a heat shield, a parachute, several rocket maneuvers, and the automatic operation of an unusual device called a Sky Crane. These "Seven Minutes of Terror" -- depicted in the...
  • Watch NASA's live coverage of Mars rover landing (Cnet)

    08/05/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    Cnet ^ | 8/6/2012 | Cnet
    Video Linky Here
  • “Curiosity" Safely on Mars!

    08/05/2012 10:40:16 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 95 replies
    Odyssey has safely landed on Mars and is transmitting photos.
  • Curiosity nails perfect landing on Mars

    08/06/2012 4:22:01 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 141 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Aug 6, 2012 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. — In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere.
  • NASA Lands Car-sized Rover on Martian Surface (VIDEO)

    08/06/2012 10:25:20 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | 8/6/2012 | NASA
    NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.
  • Ustream Mars Curiosity broadcast numbers beat primetime CNN, company says (Media Death Watch)

    08/08/2012 1:14:28 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 8 replies
    The Verge.com ^ | 8-8-2012 | Adi Robertson
    The live stream of NASA's Curiosity rover landing garnered more interest than primetime Sunday television, Ustream says. A spokesperson told Mashable that 3.2 million people in total had checked the stream at some point during the landing, with a peak of 500,000 people watching at the same time. That's higher than the estimated viewing numbers for CNN during Sunday primetime, which came in at 426,000, or MSNBC, which had an audience of 365,000 viewers over age two. Ustream's peak audience was lower only than that of Fox, which had an audience of 803,000.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Wheel on Mars

    08/07/2012 2:31:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    NASA ^ | August 07, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A wheel attached to NASA's Curiosity rover is firmly on the martian surface in this early picture from the Mars Science Laboratory mission, captured after a successful landing on August 5, 2012 at 10:32pm (PDT). Seen at the lower right of a Hazard Avoidance Camera fisheye wide-angle image, the rover's left rear wheel is 50 centimeters (about 20 inches) in diameter. Part of a spring hinge for the camera's dust cover is just visible in the right corner, while at the upper left is part of the rover's RTG power source. Looking into the Sun across the rock stewn...