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Category Archive: Curiosity

Nov 25 2012

Martian update

The TRUTH is out there. I WANT to believe ...

I’m sorry there is no update. Just lots of speculation. Because of the way it was initially presented to the media and subsequent backtracking by NASA it’s impossible to know if we should be hopeful or cynical:

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Nov 23 2012

Mars Curiosity may have found something “Earth shaking”

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Update: NASA isn’t saying what it is, still. But they have scheduled a presser for 3 Dec. Talk about firing up the rumor mill. By then Fox News will probably have a graphic up showing Obama-esque Martians coming for your guns. Is this it? We don’t know. No one’s saying what it is outside of the …

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Sep 28 2012

Curiosity strikes paydirt

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Mars Curiosity landed in the right place alright! Just a few steps from touchdown the one ton rover snapped this image showing what planetary geologists (Areologists?) say is a lead pipe cinch for an alluvial fan, i.e., freely flowing water:

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Sep 14 2012

More incredible Curiosity EDL video

The creator of this one provides some details at TPM. Amazing pic of the sun below

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Sep 13 2012

Curiosity to begin search for Martians

The penny in this image is part of a camera calibration target on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on Mars September 9, 2012. Credit AFP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

After a nail-biting entry and descent followed by firing off a few breathtaking images inside Gale Crater, Curiosity is about to begin the mission it was designed so well for. Prospecting for ancient biotic gold:

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Aug 29 2012

Incredible Curiosity descent video

Souped up frame rate thanks to interpolation! Yay math!

Aug 28 2012

Curiosity has a really good set of cams on her

Click pic for large image, 946 X 710, at NASA/JPL homepage

Mars Curiosity is like a super hero probe compared to her less endowed peers and this week she began proving it. While I’m not planetary geologist, that looks like the spittin image of marine strata exposed by some kind of erosion:

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Aug 18 2012

Did I mention Curiosity has a laser?

And not just any old wimpy office presentation pointer laser, either. No, Cursiotiy’s ChemCam system includes ba serious, rock vaporaizing weapons grade zap gun intended to examine samples at the molevular level. Or fend off tentacled monsters with a thirst for human blood:

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Aug 17 2012

Curiosity has a secret

Hint: the wheels have 'randomly' placed teeth ...

Mars Curiosity is quite a machine, a lander, rover, mobile chemical laboratory and robot geologist. But its designers were human, so hidden in the wheels is a geeky tech-y joke. What is it?

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Aug 14 2012

The end of cursioity

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Don’t worry, Mars Curiosity the rover is alive and well and on the verge of beginning the mission it was so ably designed to do! There’s every reason to expect Curiosity will perform brilliantly, and that’s good, because there’s nothing much slated for Mars after it. When Curiosity finally seizes up, likely frozen in place, starved for …

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