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NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers
2013-03-01 11:50:21

The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active.

Curiosity Shows Off Delivered Materials Of Martian Rock Sample
2013-02-20 16:12:46

NASA released during a teleconference today photos of its Curiosity rover's first-ever sample collected from inside a rock on Mars.

Curiosity's 'ChemCam' Uses Laser To Hit On Martian Drill Tailings
2013-02-14 11:55:13

A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated.

Preparing To Drill A Rock On Mars
2013-02-05 14:38:47

The bit of the rock-sampling drill on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left its mark on a Martian rock this weekend during brief testing of the tool's percussive action.

Curiosity Conducts “Pre-Load” Tests As It Prepares To Drill Into Martian Rock For First Time
2013-01-30 08:24:25

NASA’s Curiosity rover is preparing to use its drill to bore into a Martian rock in the coming days. The rover is carrying out “pre-load” tests to assure the rover’s drill and hardware can handle pressure and temperature variations on the Red Planet.

Curiosity Rover Spends Holiday Break Exploring 'Yellowknife Bay'
2013-01-07 08:55:38

After imaging during the holidays, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed driving Jan. 3 and pulled within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called "Snake River."


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.