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Curiosity's Belly
2012-09-12 08:36:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the weekend, NASA's Curiosity rover went through some activities designed to check and characterize precision movements by the rover's robot arm. The activities help to confirm that the rover's tools and robotic arm have good health, and its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) is useful. MAHLI took an image with its reclosable dust cover open for the first time during the activity, confirming sharp imaging capability had been...

Remnants Of Curiosity's Descent To Mars
2012-08-08 13:10:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What could one day be considered artifacts if archaeologists are to ever start digging around on Mars, a new high resolution photo shows the remnants of Curiosity's landing components. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image using its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera of the equipment that helped get Mars' newest citizen down to the ground. During Curiosity's "seven minutes of terror," it shed a...

Juno Images The Big Dipper
2012-05-12 04:27:40

In England it is known as the "Plough," in Germany the "Great Cart," and in Malaysia the "Seven Ploughs." Since humanity first turned its eyes skyward, the seven northern hemisphere stars that compose the "Big Dipper" have been a welcome and familiar introduction to the heavens. "I can recall as a kid making an imaginary line from the two stars that make up the right side of the Big Dipper's bowl and extending it upward to find the North Star," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of...

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2012-03-30 13:29:23

Mars Science Laboratory mission will send its one-ton rover, Curiosity, to Mount Sharp, a martian mountain inside a crater. Once there, NASA researchers hope to learn more about the mountain, how it formed, and hopefully learn more about the history and geology of Mars. Larger than any Rocky Mountain found in the Centennial State, Mount Sharp has been a subject of interest ever since it was discovered in the 1970s. It sits in a peculiar place; in the middle of a crater, and NASA...

Image 1 - Mars Rover Curiosity Carries A Penny For Camera Checkup
2012-02-08 05:18:49

The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has its own calibration target, a smartphone-size plaque that looks like an eye chart supplemented with color chips and an attached penny. When Curiosity lands on Mars in August, researchers will use this calibration target to test performance of the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI. MAHLI's close-up inspections of Martian rocks and soil will show details so tiny, the calibration target includes reference lines...

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2011-08-04 13:55:00

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found possible flowing water on Mars. A team using the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars orbiter have tracked seasonal changes to determine that finger-like features appear and extend down some Martian slopes during the warmest months of the Mars year. The features fade during the winter, and return during the next spring.  Repeated observations have tracked the seasonal changes in these recurring features on several steep slopes in...

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2011-06-01 13:10:03

Two digital color cameras riding high on the mast of NASA's next Mars rover will complement each other in showing the surface of Mars in exquisite detail. They are the left and right eyes of the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, instrument on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launching in late 2011. The right-eye Mastcam looks through a telephoto lens, revealing details near or far with about three-fold better resolution than any previous landscape-viewing camera on...

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2011-03-28 08:25:00

The NASA rover to be launched to Mars this year will carry the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument already on the vehicle, providing the capability to meet the mission's science goals. Work has stopped on an alternative version of the instrument, with a pair of zoom-lens cameras, which would have provided additional capabilities for improved three-dimensional video. The installed Mastcam on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover uses two fixed-focal-length cameras: a telephoto for...

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2010-11-16 13:41:03

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will wield an arm-mounted magnifying camera similar to one on the Mars Rover Opportunity, which promptly demonstrated its importance for reading environmental history from rocks at its landing site in 2004. Within a few weeks after the landing, that camera at the end of Opportunity's arm revealed details of small spheres embedded in the rocks, hollows where crystals had dissolved, and fine layering shaped like smiles. These details all provided information...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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