Mars Curiosity Rover just downloaded some great pictures of Mars at night. These were the first the rover has taken of the Red Planet at night. Check them out below.
There was a schmoozy dinner in the Jewish Museum in Munich last night.
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalogue/PIA16567″] The Curiosity rover is gearing up for its biggest engineering task since landing on the surface Mars: Drilling into a rock on the Red Planet. The mission team has identified a flat rock within a depression called Yellowknife Bay as the first drilling target.
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1408″] The Curiosity rover used the Dust Removal Tool at the end of its robotic arm for the first time to sweep some soil off of a Martian rock.
[credit provider=”NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00132/mhli/0132MH0163000010R0_DXXX.jpg”] The Curiosity rover has snapped images of a transparent object on the Martian surface that readers at discussion forum Above Top Secret have dubbed a “Martian flower” because it is shaped like a flower’s pistils, NBCNews.com’s Alan Boyle reports.
[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] From political uprisings to billion-dollar acquisitions, social media packed a bigger punch in 2012 than ever before.While that comes as no surprise considering that social is still snaking its way into every nook and cranny of our lives, it was a pretty fascinating year viewed through the lens […]
[credit provider=”Shutterstock”] NASA’s dream of sending humans to Mars by 2035 might face a new roadblock. For the first time, researchers found that exposure to radiation in deep space could harm astronauts’ brains by speeding up the the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
[credit provider=”NASA”] 2012 was a memorable year for Science. From an Austrian ‘s record-breaking jump to Earth to the death of two space pioneers, here are the unforgettable science news stories that are worth reviewing before the calendar year rolls over.
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech” url=”http://www.space.com/19053-mars-rover-curiosity-holiday-grandmas-house.html”] NASA’s Curiosity rover worked through the holiday season on Mars by taking a close look at an intriguing bit of Martian terrain, a region scientists have lovingly nicknamed “Grandma’s House.”The Curiosity rover is currently parked inside Yellowknife Bay, a shallow depression of odd terrain nestled inside the rover’s […]
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[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] After seven unmanned minutes spent in terror, waiting for the culmination of decades of work, a scream of excitement shook the Curiosity rover’s control room on August 5.”Touchdown confirmed, we are safe on Mars,” engineer Allen Chen said over the radio, eliciting tears of […]
[credit provider=”CERN” url=”http://cds.cern.ch/record/1459462″] The editors of the journal Science have chosen the possible discovery of the elusive Higgs boson as the biggest breakthrough of 2012. The subatomic particle, named 50 years ago by physicist Peter Higgs, is what scientists believe gives mass to matter. The discovery is monumental because it […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] Scientists were plenty busy this year, with landing the 1-ton rover Curiosity on Mars, announcing the discovery of what is likely the Higgs boson and even revealing a little-dirty secret in research.For the second year, the editors of the scientific journal Nature have announced their “Nature’s 10,” the […]
[credit provider=”Via LAWeekly blog” url=”http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2012/12/caltech_crafts_gingerbread_mar.php”] The whiz-kids over at Caltech have gone ahead and built the world another Mars rover. Except this time it’s made out of gingerbread, licorice, gumdrops and M&Ms.
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS ” url=”http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalogue/PIA16457″] At the end of October, NASA’s Curiosity rover used the high-resolution camera on its robotic arm to snap more than 50 pictures of itself. The resulting self-portrait, first published in November, was made by stitching those images together.
[credit provider=”Space.com” url=”http://www.space.com/18834-mars-rover-curiosity-drill-break.html”] The drill on NASA’s $2.5-billion Curiosity rover will break. This is not likely to happen within the robot’s scheduled two-year mission to explore Mars, but when it does, “all hell [will] break loose electronically,” Curiosity’s chief engineer Rob Manning told Space.com.The science team working at California’s Jet […]
Even the Curiosity rover turns out to be somewhat of a litter bug.
A second Curiosity-like rover will touch down on Mars in 2020, John Mace Grunsfeld, announced today at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.
Measurements from the Curiosity rover’s onboard radiation detector, called RAD, show that radiation levels on Mars would allow an astronaut to survive for a little less than two years on the Red Planet’s surface.
[credit provider=”NASA HQ via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/7585068650/”] John Grotzinger is the chief project scientist on NASA’s Curiosity rover, a one-ton robot that is about four months into its two-year mission to see if the Mars was ever able to support microbial life. Two weeks ago, Grotzinger set off rumours that the rover […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS “] After fully analysing samples of soil on Mars for the first time, NASA scientists announced that the Curiosity rover found traces of water, sulfur, and chlorine, but they are not necessarily of Martian origin. The results come from the biggest instrument on the Mars rover called the Sample Analysis […]
[credit provider=” NASA/JPL-Caltech”] Today is the big day.NASA will announce some results from the Mars Curiosity rover at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco at 12 p.m. EST.
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is busily grinding out science data — and has likely relayed some provocative findings — but mum’s the word from scientists on the mission.At the epicentre of all the speculation is that Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS ” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=4892″] The weather on Mars has been unusually dusty this past week, which could pose an issue for NASA’s ageing rover, Opportunity, which is going on nine years exploring Mars’ Endeavour crater. On Nov. 10, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter picked up a large dust storm. By the end […]
[credit provider=”Science/AAAS”] The science and space communities were abuzz yesterday when an essentially “non-news” item made the news — Mars Curiosity rover scientist John Grotzinger is excited about some findings that he can’t talk about, NPR reported.As the non-news made the rounds (even we couldn’t help taking part in the […]
[credit provider=”NASA”] The scientists in charge of NASA’s Curiosity rover are sitting on some exciting, but not-yet-confirmed news, NPR’s Joe Palca reports. The major discovery involves the biggest instrument on the Mars rover called the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM.
[credit provider=”USGS/R. Fournier” url=”http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/files/2012/11/fs2005-3024_fig_01-02.jpg”] To understand Mars we need to understand its on-again off-again tango with liquid water.It’s not just the search for past or present life on Mars that hinges on this, but the search for a complete chemical, geophysical, and climatological history of the red planet.
The pictures that the Mars Curiosity Rover send back may look placid and peaceful, but life in Gale crater can get windy at times, new data suggests.
[credit provider=” NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/instruments/radiationdetectors/rad/”] The Mars Curiosity rover is three months into its two-year mission to determine if Mars was, or still is, able to support life. One life-limiting factor to habitability — and critical to a future manned mission to Mars — is the level of radiation, from cosmic […]
The soils in the Martian valley of Gale Crater are similar in composition to sand found in Hawaii, NASA officials said during a teleconference today October 30.
Given the way in which he achieved his fame, it is perhaps not unreasonable to assume that Felix Baumgartner would be a champion of space exploration.
NASA confirmed this afternoon that some bright particles found in a hole dug by the Curiosity’s scooper are actually from Mars and not debris from the rover. This is the second round of shiny mysterious objects the rover has run into while scooping soil at Glenelg. The first was probably a […]
[credit provider=”NASA”] NASA’s Curiosity rover had been on Mars 61 days when she gathered her first scoop of soil.Before the one-ton robot could finish sifting through her first small bucket of dust, however, all the excitement shifted to a shiny object found in the sand near the rover.
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16192.html”] A rock on Mars being studied by NASA’s Curiosity rover is unlike any Martian stone ever seen, and is surprisingly similar to an unusual, but well-known, kind of rock on Earth.This type of rock is the first of its kind encountered on Mars and is helping broaden […]
[credit provider=”NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Will Pomerantz” url=”https://twitter.com/Pomerantz/status/255452901017796608″] Two nights ago, the space enthusiast twitterverse lit up when a shiny object was sighted on Mars and interrupted Curisoity’s soil-scooping mission. The Curiosity rover stopped the mission to investigate the object with her cameras. People guessed that the shiny […]
On Sunday, Oct. 7, 61 one days after the Curiosity rover landed on Mars, NASA used the scoop on her robotic arm for the first time to dig up a small batch of Martian soil.
[credit provider=”NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Will Pomerantz” url=”https://twitter.com/Pomerantz/status/255452901017796608″] The Mars Curiosity rover was in the middle of her sand-scooping mission on Sol 61, when she got distracted by a shiny object in the sand. You can see the shiny piece in the image above, circled by twitter user […]
The Jet Propulsion Team has announced today that they’ve reached the perfect place to test out their scooping mechanisms. The area is very near Glenelg, and contains lots of nice sandy soil in which for Curiosity to play.
On her 52nd day on Mars, the Curiosity rover has reached her first big stop: Glenelg.
[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] Amy Shira Teitel has a great blog post up over at Vintage Science, about how much NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity actually cost us. We throw the $2.5 Billion figure around a lot, but here are a few realistic comparisons, from Teitel’s piece: Curiosity’s landing coincided with this year’s […]
The Curiosity rover’s science team has come to a consensus: There was once a large amount of flowing water in Gale Crater. They can’t say when, or for how long, but based on the types, shapes and sizes of rocks they’ve been seeing, they can say, finally, there was flowing […]
This is pretty hard to make out, but that faint milky smudge in this swath of green appears to be Mars’ moon Phobos. Commentor fredk posted the image on the unmannedspaceflight forums.
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity reached out and touched a Martian rock with its huge robotic arm for the first time, then took off on its longest Red Planet drive to date.Curiosity spent the past several days investigating a strange pyramid-shaped stone named “Jake Matijevic,” testing out some of […]
Well folks, a little more than a month after landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally going to start doing some real science.
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090″] Billions of dollars and future support of NASA’s space program hinged on the successful landing of Mars rover Curiosity when it dropped through the Red Planet’s atmosphere back in August. Fortunately, everything went off without a hitch when the car-size rover touched down on Mars’ surface on […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has snapped stunning shots of a brief partial solar eclipse on the Red Planet, capturing images of the tiny Martian moon Phobos crossing the face of the sun.Curiosity took the photos of Phobos on Thursday (Sept. 13), roughly five weeks […]
[credit provider=”Viking Project, NASA”] NASA seems to have contaminated the Mars rover Curiosity with Earth bacteria, the Los Angeles Times reports.The contamination happened when a team member opened a previously sterile box of drill bits and placed one of the bits in the drilling mechanism. It was done in clean, […]
This small, family-run gear-making company called Forest City Gear was founded in 1955 by Stetler and Evelyn Young in Roscoe, Illinois. Their son, Fred Young is now CEO of the company. See how he and his workers helped build the Mars rover Curiosity and got to touch a little bit […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] About a month after landing on the surface of Mars the Curiosity rover has been making headway finding her way around the planet. After days of checking out her instruments, she made her first move Aug. 22. Since then, the team’s been getting more comfortable operating the rover […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] Five thousand years ago, the Egyptians used reef knots to fasten their belts. In the first century, Greek physicians employed both reef knots and clove hitches to tie surgical nooses. Today, these ancient knots are coming in handy on Mars.On the decks of NASA’s […]
After sitting still on Mars for two weeks, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally making moves. The car-sized robot took its first spin on the Martian surface on Aug. 22 and another on Aug. 27.
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16105.html”] The latest images to be sent back from the Mars rover Curiosity were released by NASA mere hours ago. Although most of the images were enhanced to show Mars as it would appear under the lighting conditions we have on Earth (the landscape would be a little pinker […]
Earlier this month, we told you that Black Eyed Pea’s member will.i.am was teaming up with NASA to debut a new song from his album #willpower via the Curiosity rover on Mars.
[credit provider=”YouTube | StephenHannardADGUK “] According to the fringe sector of the Internet, Mars is practically teeming with aliens.Since NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on the Red Planet two weeks ago and powered up its cameras, it has already managed to photograph several alleged UFOs and other “anomalies” in the […]
Seriously, forget the small, black-and-white photographs. According to NASA these are most high-resolution frames of the Curiosity rover touching down on Mars on Aug. 5 during the treacherous Entry, Descent and Landing phase. And frankly, it’s awesome.
Curiosity’s rover’s onboard laser gun is at it again. After a successful test of the ChemChem instrument earlier this week, the rover targeted a rock about 19 feet away. The rock was exposed by the thrusters on Curiosity’s sky crane when the one-ton machine was lowered to Mars’ surface on Aug. […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] NASA engineers announced today that they will be naming the landing side of the Curiosity rover after science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, who died earlier this year, on June 5, 2012.”And today, Sol 16, we are the first roving astrobiology rover on Mars and we have truly extended […]
For two weeks, Mars rover Curiosity has been stretching its limbs, so to speak as scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory test out the robot’s various instruments before it gets down to doing some real work.
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech “] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took its first halting steps on the Red Planet today (Aug. 22), snapping photos of its tracks to commemorate the test drive milestone.The 1-ton Curiosity rover was slated to move about 10 feet (3 meters) forward, turn to the right 90 degrees and […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16085.html”] Two weeks after landing on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover will take its first road trip tomorrow, the JPL team announced. The rover will inch forward about three meters (one rover length), turn right 90 degrees, and back up another couple meters, coming to rest […]
[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity flexed its long robotic arm for the first time on the Red Planet Monday (Aug. 20), passing a critical health check with flying colours, mission managers say.The rover unfolded the robotic arm and performed an intricate series of test maneuvers to make sure the […]
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/details.cfm?id=5928″] Just two weeks after landing one-ton roving laboratory Curiosity on Mars, NASA is already preparing for its next big project on the Red Planet: To land a robot on Mars that will delve deep into the planet’s core. Funding for a $425 million lander, called InSight, was […]
Two weeks after landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock using a powerful laser fired by the machine’s ChemChem instrument. The goal is to analyse the atomic elements of the rock. The laser struck the fist-size rock, called “Coronation,” with 30 pules over 10 seconds. “Each […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL”] Curiosity has set her sights on her first laser target: Rock N165. The rock is located about seven feet from the rover and is about three inches long. In a few days, the chemcam will shoot 30 laser pulses over 10 seconds, heating the rock to the point […]
[credit provider=”http://fuckyeahbobakferdowsi.tumblr.com/” url=”http://fuckyeahbobakferdowsi.tumblr.com/”] When NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity pulled off its daring Red Planet landing on Aug. 5, the 1-ton robot became an international star — and so did Bobak Ferdowsi.As a flight director for Curiosity’s mission, Ferdowsi played a key role in the rover’s touchdown success that night. But […]
Before NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars, Britney Spears was queen of the Red Planet in her music video for “Oops… I Did It Again” back in 2000. Twelve years later, it sounds like the the pop-princess, now a judge on the “X Factor,” is still a flirt.
[credit provider=”Flickr/emdot” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdot/34129050/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] In a Reddit AMA, one of the rover team members said:Curiosity’s top speed is about 4 cm/s or about 0.09 miles/hr. On a day when we drive, we expect to go about 100m. It’s slow going because we want to be really careful and we gear the […]
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090″] Every Mars morning, NASA researchers play a song to wake up Miss Curiosity. Today, during their Reddit AMA, they revealed their most recent choices.Her playlist so far, according to “EMB” aka Eric Blood, who works in surface systems: Sol 2: “Good Morning Good Morning” Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely […]
[credit provider=”NASA/Screenshot” url=”http://youtu.be/wnG-rFFpP8A”] NASA’s Mars rover team is on Reddit right now answering questions about Curiosity. How did they feel the exact moment the rover touched down on the Red Planet?
A week after NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed the Curiosity rover on Mars we’ve already seen some amazing images.
Pan. Zoom. Tilt. That’s all you need to do to feel like you’re kicking up dust on Mars with the latest interactive panorama of Curiosity’s landing site, Gale Crater.
[credit provider=”NASA” url=”nasa.gov”] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed on the surface of the red planet on Sunday night, but we were a little distracted by the mohawked engineer shown on the right. Click through to find out who this mystery science man is. [slideshow] [slide permalink=”the-deets-1″ title=”The deets.” content=”His full […]
[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] New images beamed down from the NASA Curiosity rover’s HazCams show the dust plume from the rover’s descent stage.
New pictures of Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover keep rolling in. Here’s the first 360-degree panorama in colour of Gale Crater, the 96-mile-wide landing site of Curiosity. The panorama is based on a series of images taken by the rover’s Mast Camera. It took a little over an hour to […]