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Briefing On Curiosity's Analysis Of Mars Rock Held By NASA
2013-03-08 08:48:16

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Tuesday, March 12, to discuss the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars. The briefing, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The participants will be: -- Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- John Grotzinger,...

Curiosity Is Back On Track After Memory Glitch Forced JPL To Switch Computers
2013-03-05 07:48:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On February 28, a team of engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California switched their Mars Curiosity rover over to a redundant onboard computer after discovering a memory issue within the main computer system. That swap put Curiosity into “safe mode,” allowing the team to investigate the main computer before returning the rover back to a normal routine. Today, the JPL team announced Curiosity has...

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

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 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. The intentional swap at about 2:30 a.m. PST today (Thursday, Feb. 28) put the rover, as anticipated, into a minimal-activity precautionary status called "safe mode." The team is shifting the rover from safe mode to operational status over the next few days and is troubleshooting the...

Curiosity Lab Instruments Ingest Mars Rock Powder
2013-02-26 08:10:50

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two compact laboratories inside NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have ingested portions of the first sample of rock powder ever collected from the interior of a rock on Mars. Curiosity science team members will use the laboratories to analyze the rock powder in the coming days and weeks. The rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) and Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments received portions of the sample on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23,...

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

[Watch Video: Curiosity Drills - Animation]    [Watch Video: Drilling Demonstration] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA released during a teleconference today photos of its Curiosity rover's first-ever sample collected from inside a rock on Mars. Curiosity used its drill to help it collect a sample from inside a Martian rock for the first time earlier this month. During this task, Curiosity drilled about a 0.63-inch wide by 2.5-inch deep hole...

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

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 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. This scene shows a line of pits left by laser hits on the drill tailings. The view is a mosaic of images taken by the remote micro-imager in ChemCam, with color information from Curiosity's Mast Camera. The drilled hole, at...


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