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2012-08-22 10:21:14

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Making its first movement on the Martian surface, Curiosity's drive combined forward, turn and reverse segments. This placed the rover roughly 20 feet (6 meters) from the spot where it landed 16 days ago. NASA...

Tango Delta Nominal - First Words Of Safe Landing On Mars
2012-08-22 08:32:39

10:32 p.m. on the evening of Aug. 5 was turning out to be one long minute for Steve Sell. Of course, the previous six had been significantly protracted as well. When added together, the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover had been touted as "Seven Minutes of Terror," and as far as Sell was concerned things were trending in that direction. What the 42-year-old engineer from Gettysburg, Pa., wanted more than anything in that seventh minute was to hear the words "UHF...

Curiosity wiggling its wheels
2012-08-22 08:08:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover has been sitting in one spot on the Red Planet since it first touched down back on August 5, but NASA says its controllers are preparing it for its first drive. NASA has been testing out Curiosity's instruments, getting it all geared up for its primary two year mission to search for ancient extraterrestrial life on Mars. In the past few weeks, the rover has been taking photos from various cameras, and even...

Student Gives Commands To Mars Rover
2012-08-21 15:24:37

Children are often mystified by remote control cars and how they can control them with a device while standing several feet away from them. This past week, Chris Tate was mystified by the same power–only he was controlling something 150 million miles away, on another planet. The UT physics doctoral student had the rare opportunity to control one of the science instruments on NASA´s Curiosity rover on Mars. Tate is working with Jeffrey Moersch, associate professor in the...

Curiosity Gets All Grabby
2012-08-21 14:59:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some of the recent news from the Mars Curiosity rover can seem incredibly trivial and elementary at first. Once the full realization of the importance and extreme difficulty involved in every part of this process sinks in, these little motions and achievements once thought to be trivial become truly a thing of magic and wonder. To put it differently, every little thing the Curiosity Mars Rover does is magic. As such, NASA...

Mars Rover Curiosity Assigned Its First Task
2012-08-18 06:44:37

Watch the Video: ChemCam Field of View redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Curiosity's first destination will be a natural intersection of three types of terrain known as Glenelg, located some 1,300 feet (400 meters) east southeast of its landing site, NASA officials have announced. One of the terrain types at Glenelg, which was chosen by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Principal Investigator John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, is layered...

2012-08-17 10:20:23

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The scientists and engineers of NASA's Curiosity rover mission have selected the first destination for their one-ton, six-wheeled mobile Mars laboratory. The target area, named Glenelg, is a natural intersection of three kinds of terrain. The choice was described by Curiosity Principal Investigator John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology during a media teleconference on Aug. 17. (Logo:...

2012-08-16 23:02:43

TE´s KILOVAC Synonymous with Rugged Reliability in Harsh, Demanding Environments Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) August 16, 2012 NASA´s Curiosity rover landed in the Gale Crater on Mars on August 5, having flown over 127 million miles since its November 26, 2011 launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. As part of NASA´s Mars Exploration Program, the Curiosity rover and its Mars Science Laboratory will carry out their mission to look for evidence of past or present...

2012-08-16 02:20:13

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today extended its congratulations to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) for the historic landing of the Mars Curiosity rover. Several of Microsemi's space products were used in mission critical applications during the launch and flight to Mars, and continue to support the mission on the...

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...