Category Archive: Curiosity

Aug 13 2012

Mars rocks and rolls


There’s a bit of a lively debate in geology about tectonic plates and how rare or common they may be. Since earth is the only planet we’ve studied in-depth, the winners of that debate are yet to be announced. But one geophysicist has found evidence for nascent plate tectonics on a certain nearby world, and the …

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Aug 10 2012

Curiosity EDL in pics, rover begins its mission


Curiosity is revving up her primary cameras and testing the treads. Soon she’ll trundle off the landing site and start prospecting for Martian gold. I’ve collected a few of the best EDL pics below.

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Aug 07 2012

NASA releases video of Curiosity’s descent

To those of you already saturated, I’m sorry for posting so much on this. But I’ve been waiting for it for years, and NASA/JPL is really delivering the goods. There’s a hi-res version of this in the works that chief scientist Mike Malin claims “will just be exquisite.”

Aug 06 2012

Curiosity’s mission


You can’t bring Mars to the lab, but you can bring a lab to Mars!  In fact I still can’t quite believe that EDL scheme worked so well! But that’s what Curiosity really is, a scientific laboratory, and here’s a few details on the goals and philosophy behind it.

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Aug 05 2012

Mars Curiosity: Countdown!

Live video for mobile from Ustream Update 11:08 Central: Curiosity now reported inside orbit of Martian satellite Deimos, about 14,000 miles away. The moment of truth is close at hand. As the countdown clock shows, Curiosity will soon enter the Martian stratosphere. The Internet is buzz with excitement and no small amount of anxiety. The …

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Aug 05 2012

Mars, bitches!

COUNTDOWN CLOCK WIDGETS The moment of truth is close at hand. As the countdown clock shows, Curiosity will soon enter the Martian stratosphere and the Internet is abuzz with excitement and no small amount of anxiety. The seven minutes of terror will soon begin for real. There’s a lot riding on it, both literally and figuratively.

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Aug 04 2012

More on Curiosity

COUNTDOWN CLOCK WIDGETS Curiosity will be landing, or trying to land, at about 12:30 AM Central Time in the US. A press conference is in progress here, the panelist all opened by saying they’re having to remind themselves to breathe. I’ll be adding to this post throughout the day. At a press conference today Richard Cook described what …

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Jul 31 2012

The priceline negotiator narrates Curiosity on Mars

  The older William Shatner gets the more I like him. Kirk was cool and all, but it’s Shatner’s unique combo of gifted actor, great voice, and a guy who can laugh at himself plus get you to laugh along that sold me.  Cosmic Log posted a great video, now below the fold, where Shatner …

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Jul 25 2012

Keyword Mars Curiosity: official landing time, pressers, & streaming info


NASA has retasked the Odyssey orbiter to track the Mars Science Lab carrying the Curiosity, the next generation rover is charging its lithium ion batteries to final 100% capacity courtesy of the solar array on the MSL as we speak. There’s been some confusion on the exact date and time of the seven minutes of terror hope leading to Curiosity’s landing, …

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