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Curiosity Lasers Zap First Martian Target
2012-08-20 09:07:08

Watch the Video: ChemCam Field of View Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online You´re all alone on the surface of a bleak planet, you´re only able to travel at a snail´s pace, and the only contact you have with Earth is subject to a 14 minute delay. If ever there were a more appropriate time to fire off a laser with abandon, I can´t think of one. Of course, this wasn´t simply a reckless blast for the fun of it; There was science to be...

Curiosity Images Keep On Coming
2012-08-15 05:19:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity just keeps the images coming, as NASA unleashed a few more photos this week taken by and of the latest Martian rover. The Mars Science Laboratory entered the Martian atmosphere on August 5, and mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been spending their week checking out Curiosity's ten instruments and updating software for its mission. While we wait for the rover to begin its trek, NASA has been...

Curiosity Sends Back Color Panoramic Photo
2012-08-10 12:17:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is releasing even more photographs taken by the Curiosity rover during its first week of service on the Red Planet. The rover landed on Mars on Sunday night and NASA has been testing the rover out to see if all of its functions work properly. In one of the latest images released by the space agency, you get a full 360-degree view of what Curiosity gets to see on the alien planet in Gale Crater. The panoramic image is in...

Curiosity Sends Back First Color Image
2012-08-07 12:37:50

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has sent back the first color image of the Martian landscape, taken on the afternoon of the first day after landing. The color image was photographed by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on August 6. In the image, the Red Planet shows its worthy of the name, but you can easily see the north wall and rim of Gale Crater. NASA said the image is murky...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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