Articles about curiosity rover

NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

The Mars Curiosity rover has drilled an opening that looks suspiciously like the hole towards which Tiger Woods and his fellow golfers usually aim their balls. It is the first hole dug by the Rover during its quest to find water on the Red Planet. On its journey across the mountain, the Rover also spotted what appears to be a …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Sep 2014
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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

Picture NASA's Curiosity rover has stumbled across a massive iron meteorite half buried in the sands of Mars – an object the US space agency has dubbed Lebanon. The Lebanon meteorite found by Curiosity The Lebanon meteorite found by Curiosity The two-metre-wide rock was discovered by the Martian robot on May 25. It was photographed …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2014
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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

NASA’s Curiosity team has signed off on the newest drilling site for the Martian rover – and plans to stick its third ever hole on the planet into the Windjana rock in the next few days. Dusted off area of the Windjana drilling target for Curiosity Dusted off area of the Windjana drilling target for Curiosity. Credit: NASA/JPL …
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NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

A 20 year old bug has been discovered in an algorithm so pervasive it's used in the Mars Curiosity rover, cars, aircraft, Android phones and a string of popular open source wares. The bug can be found in the Lempel-Ziv-Oberhumer (LZO) data compression algorithm created by Markus Oberhumer, who on Wednesday posted a new version 2 …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jun 2014
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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover has found evidence the three-mile-high Mount Sharp on Mars was once under a large lake. Mount Sharp lake A few billion years earlier and Curiosity would have needed water wings "We are making headway in solving the mystery of Mount Sharp," said Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger …
Iain Thomson, 08 Dec 2014
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Curiosity rover: While you humans were busy being hungover, this bot hit its 500th Martian day

While here on Earth we humans were recovering from celebrating another solar orbit with the usual fireworks, drunkenness, and canoodling, the Curiosity rover yesterday ticked over its 500th Martian day on the surface of the Red Planet. Mount Sharp on Mars Mount Sharp, Curiosity's next target "Goals for 2014: Finish driving to …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jan 2014
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Two years on, Curiosity's still in the same crater

Its wheels are eroding and its (parody) Twitter account is grumpy, but the Mars Curiosity Rover has celebrated two years in space. Yes, it has been two years since we sat on the edges of our seats, watching (if we were able to) or listening (in the case of this scribe, who was in his car at the time, thankful for the broadcast) …
Curiosity self-portrait at Rocknest in the Gale Crater

Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

Mars rover Curiosity recently tweeted having its head in the clouds, which just so happens to serve as a good metaphor for a mission that an independent committee of experts say lacks scientific focus. A Planetary Mission Senior panel reviewed Curiosity's work to date on behalf of US space agency NASA. The rover's escapades on …
Team Register, 07 Sep 2014
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Curiosity considers first dig into Windjana, the sands(tone) of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been doing some Martian house cleaning, brushing down a potential new target for its drilling tools. Windjana Curiosity gets sweeping ahead of a possible drill-down The rock formation, dubbed Windjana, is a sandstone formation about two feet across that the rover has trundled up to on its way to …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014
Curiosity self-portrait at Rocknest in the Gale Crater

NASA on Curiosity bot: Mission accomplished (for now at least)

Pics NASA and JPL scientists have declared the first stage of Curiosity's ongoing mission to explore strange new places on Mars a success, after the laser-equipped space tank reached the foothills of Mount Sharp. The road ahead for Curiosity The winding road ahead for Curiosity (click to enlarge) "Curiosity now will begin a …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2014

UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Updated The internet has been all aflutter after a picture taken by NASA's Curiosity rover appeared to show a beam of light emanating from the Red Planet's horizon. Mars light snapped by Curiosity Martian garden lights "This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process," claimed the image's discoverer, …
Iain Thomson, 08 Apr 2014
NASA 'Blue Marble' image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft

Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory has published the first image of the Earth and Moon taken from one of the camera systems aboard the Curiosity rover. We look very small indeed. Earth from Mars You are here (click to enlarge) Curiosity's mast camera took the picture of us on Sol 529 of its mission to Mars (January 31 in …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014
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Curiosity gets an OS upgrade, plans new round of selfies

NASA's laser-armed, nuclear-powered space tank Curiosity has upgraded its operating system. The rover will trundle into the new year running version 11 of its system software, which NASA says “brings expanded capability for using the Curiosity's robotic arm while the vehicle is on slopes. It also improves flexibility for storing …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2013
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Now Curiosity rover beams back 3D snaps of Mars

Pics The Mars-trekking Curiosity rover has beamed back the first 3D image of the dusty terrain it's trundling across. 3D pic of Mars terrain from Curiosity With 3D specs... The intrepid rover is currently familiarising itself with the Gale Crater after its successful landing three days ago and has sent back a 2D and 3D shot of …
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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

NASA has stitched together 1.3 billion pixels of Martian marvellousness, giving the world the chance to peruse a planetary panorama of unprecedented detail. Available here with pan and zoom tools thrown in, the composite comprises nearly 900 images captured by the rover's cameras. Most of the images – 850 – came from the …
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Curiosity rover blasts, grabs and fondles its first Martian rock

Mars rover Curiosity has completed its first contact with the Martian surface, successfully fondling a rock with its robotic arm. Curiosity's robotic arm probes first rock The nuclear truck arrived at the "Jake Matijevic" rock, named after a late NASA engineer, after a short drive and probed the stone with its robotic arm to …
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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

Curiosity Rover has left a mark on Mars that is visible from space. The rover's maiden journey across the Red Planet has left tire tracks that have been photographed by the high resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconaissance Orbiter. The snap released by NASA today shows where the tyres have scuffed the red surface dust off the …
Anna Leach, 07 Sep 2012
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Curiosity keeps on trucking despite government shutdown

Despite media reports to the contrary, the Curiosity rover is continuing to operate on Mars and is carrying on with its year-long trip to the base of Mount Sharp despite the US government shutdown. "Because the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is operated by the California Institute of Technology as a contractor, JPL employees are …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2013
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NASA's Curiosity rover will try risky landing near Mount Sharp

NASA has decided to up the ante for the Mars rover Curiosity's arrival next month by pushing the landing site nearer to the foot of an inconvenient mountain. The old and new landing targets for Curiosity The old and new landing targets for Curiosity. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS Obviously an obstacle like a …
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Happy first anniversary, Curiosity!

Where were you on August 6th, 2012, during the “seven minutes of terror” during which the Curiosity Rover descended onto the Martian surface? Wherever you were, the minutes were aptly-named, because Curiosity landed courtesy of a “sky crane” that saw a rocket hover just long enough for the rover the be lowered onto the red …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013
 NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image with its left front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.  The image was taken on July 16, 2013, during the afternoon of 335th Martian day,

Curiosity sings 'Happy Birthday' to itself on Martian anniversary

Video In a remote Martian crater over 200 million miles from Earth, NASA's Curiosity rover sung "Happy Birthday" to itself using instruments in the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) chemistry laboratory. The SAM unit uses a gas chromatograph, quadrupole mass spectrometer, and tunable laser spectrometer to analyze the soil and air …
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2013
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NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs

Pic The latest data from the Curiosity rover released by NASA shows the rover is trundling through what was once a large fresh-ish water lake that could have supported life as we know it – although radiation levels on the surface may have caused any organisms some problems. "The clay materials at what would have been at the bottom …
Iain Thomson, 09 Dec 2013

NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels

Pic It's a bit sturdier than the average Apple product, but the Curiosity rover that touched down on Mars on Monday is powered by the same processor family used in Apple's 1997 PowerBook G3 laptop. For its nuclear-powered life-hunting tank, NASA chose a 200MHz PowerPC 750 CPU specifically hardened to withstand radiation and space …
Anna Leach, 08 Aug 2012
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Curiosity's MYSTERY MARS find: NASA reveals THE TRUTH

Pic NASA will show the world today just what its Curiosity rover discovered in its study of the first Martian rock powder sample. First Curiosity drilling sample in the scoop SCOOP! Yes, Curiosity scooped up this soil from Martian surface The space agency will hold a press conference at 1700 GMT (1000 PDT, 1300 EDT) to reveal the …
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Curiosity rover hijacked by will.i.am to debut science song

On Tuesday NASA is pimping out its Curiosity rover to silly-named songster will.i.am so that he can use it to premiere his latest song Reach for the Stars. The song, which NASA says is "a new composition about the singer's passion for science, technology, and space exploration," will be uploaded by the rover and sent back to …
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2012
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Martian lakes seen where NASA Curiosity rover WON'T BE GOING

The European Space Agency says its probe craft in orbit above Mars has seen strong evidence of ancient lakes and rivers - but at a location which WON'T be visited by NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, which will come in to land on the red planet on Monday. Orbital imagery of Martian craters. Credit: ESA Look! Wet as you …
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2012
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Storage glitch sends Curiosity into safe mode

Nuclear-powered, laser-armed space tank Curiosity is currently working in safe mode, after one of the craft's onboard computers developed a memory glitch. NASA has switched the craft to its “B” computer, a device identical to the problematic “A” unit, and says “a glitch in flash memory” is the source of the problem. Curiosity …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2013
The first two holes Curiosity drilled on mars

Curiosity drills into Mars

Nuclear-powered, laser-equipped space tank Curiosity has unveiled another of its weapons: a 2.3mm drill bit that it has used to gouge a hole 6.4 cm deep into the Martian soil. NASA has kindly furnished world+dog with the image of the drill bit below. Behold its fearsome bluntness if you dare! The drill bit wielded by the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Feb 2013
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Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

Wall•E wannabe Curiosity has driven another 21 metres, then given itself a day off to admire the view. The little rover that could trundled to the east last Thursday (US time). That effort exhausted the craft, which spent Friday resting. It did find time to snap the panorama below depicting its tracks on the Martian surface. …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2012
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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

NASA scientists have reached a milestone in their quest to find life on the Red Planet after discovering significant traces of water in the Martian soil. The Mars Curiosity Rover discovered water when investigating the very first scoop of soil it took from the surface of Mars. The extraterrestial explorer analysed the dusty …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Sep 2013
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Mars rover Curiosity autographed by Obama

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, which departed Earth bound for the red planet on Saturday, carries a collection of signatures inscribed on its chassis including that of US president Barack Obama and other worthies including NASA bigwigs and the schoolgirl who named the radical nuclear-powered robot vehicle. Mars Science Laboratory …
Lewis Page, 28 Nov 2011
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NASA outlines 2020 plans for Mars life search with Curiosity v2.0

By 2020 NASA aims to have a next-generation Curiosity rover on Mars to search for signs of organisms that could have lived on the Red Planet, and to collect a cache of deep-drilled rock samples for eventual analysis back here on Earth. Teh second version of Curiosity for Mars Curiosity 2: the upgrade The space agency has …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2013
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Curiosity prepares for year-long road trip to Mount Sharp

Ever since landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover hasn't moved around that much – just 733 meters to date. But that's about to change as NASA prepares to send the rover on an eight-kilometer trek to the base of Mount Sharp. Curiosity's route to Mount Sharp The long and winding road ahead "We know we're going to start in a few …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2013
 NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image with its left front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.  The image was taken on July 16, 2013, during the afternoon of 335th Martian day,

Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Dual tests by instruments on the Curiosity rover, combined with data from the first Viking probes and Mars meteorites that have fallen to Earth, suggests that the Red Planet lost its atmosphere within the first billion years of its history, according to two papers in the latest issue of Science. Curiosity's tunable laser …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2013
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Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

Audio Curiosity, the nuclear-powered laser raygun rover recently landed on the surface of Mars by NASA, has begun shouting propaganda messages from Earth at the apparently empty desert which it is currently patrolling. A speaker on the car-sized robotic vehicle was used to issue a message from NASA chief Charles Bolden, a former US …
Lewis Page, 28 Aug 2012
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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

Image analysis of shots taken by the Curiosity rover's MastCam last month appears to have revealed a shiny metal object sticking out of a rock on the Martian surface. Italian imaging specialist Elisabetta Bonora was going over Curiosity's latest photographs and found the object in a set of pictures taken by the rover on January …
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2013
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NASA aims Curiosity's percussive drill at pink, veiny target

NASA has selected the first site for the Curiosity rover to drill into, the first time a man-made object has penetrated the bedrock of the Red Planet. "Drilling into a rock to collect a sample will be this mission's most challenging activity since the landing. It has never been done on Mars," said Mars Science Laboratory project …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2013
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Nasa guides Mars Rover with Kinect

Nasa has launched a free game for Kinect owners which sees players guide the Mars Rover through its landing sequence. The game - a joint venture with Smoking Gun Interactive - puts players through the "seven minutes of terror" landing procedure, which makes use of Nasa's as-yet-untested system for reducing the vehicle's speed …
Caleb Cox, 17 Jul 2012

Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

Curiosity Mars mission The Curiosity Rover will upgrade its operating system before getting down to serious science, NASA said today. The Rover's onboard computer has wimpy specs, boasting just: A BAE RAD 750 single-board computer with a 200Mhz Power PC CPU; Two gigabytes of flash memory; 256 megabytes of DRAM; 256 kilobytes of electrically …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2012
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Curiosity gives Martian rock its first scrub down

NASA's Curiosity rover has been bringing a little spit and polish to the Martian surface by using its Dust Removal Tool for the first time to scrub a nearby rock. The spot NASA chose to clean up is a rock in the Yellowknife Bay area of Mars' Gale Crater dubbed "Ekwir_1." The rock needs to be clear of debris so that the Alpha …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2013
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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

Humanity has unleashed its most awesome high-energy assault on extra-terrestrial geology to date, after the Curiosity rover zapped a martian rock with its Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) over the weekend. The unprovoked attack was the first time any off-Earth object has been subjected to investigation by laser and …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2012
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NASA picks the target for Curiosity's first road trip

Pics NASA has pronounced the Curiosity rover ready to get roving and has picked an interesting venue for its first roll across the Martian surface, but the probe has to shoot itself before it can go anywhere. At a press conference on Friday, NASA said that Curiosity will move towards a spot dubbed Glenelg, which is located at the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Aug 2012
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Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'

Curiosity Mars mission The landing of a "one ton automobile-sized piece of America" also known as the Curiosity rover on Mars today could clear the way for Man's arrival within the next 20 years. NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden said that the Curiosity mission, the sixth successful shot at the Red Planet by his organisation, could lead to human …
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2012
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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

Test results from NASA's Curiosity rover's drilling and chemical analysis of Martian rock show that the Red Planet could have supported life as we know it. "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2013
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Curiosity clears Mars radiation levels for fleeting human visits

NASA has released the first radiation readings taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars, and it looks as though astronauts should be able to stay on the planet for at least six months without significant health risks. Curiosity is the first rover to take radiation readings from another planet using its Radiation Assessment Detector …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2012
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Curiosity snapped mid-flight by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Curiosity Mars mission NASA has released the first photo of the Curiosity rover in flight, after the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's (MRO) HiRISE camera snapped a shot of the spacecraft parachuting down to the Martian surface. The MRO was 340km away from Curiosity as its parachute was deployed, slowing the craft from around 900mph to 180mph, before …
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2012
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Curiosity photographs evidence of ancient streams on Mars

NASA has announced that the Curiosity rover has found evidence of a fast-moving stream that once flowed over the Martian surface. "From the size of gravels it carried, we can interpret the water was moving about 3 feet per second, with a depth somewhere between ankle and hip deep," said Curiosity science co-investigator William …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2012
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Copyright bot boots NASA rover vid off YouTube

YouTube was a bit keen in the prosecution of copyright laws during NASA's victorious Curiosity rover landing yesterday morning, booting the first video excerpt of the livestream off its site for infringing a news service. NASA's video coverage and pics are actually generally copyright-free, which made the overzealous bot …
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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

With a $2.5bn price tag, a 350-million mile journey and 2 million lines of C and some C++ code, the only bugs NASA wants its Curiosity rover to find are those possibly beneath the Martian surface. And it may not be a particularly glamorous job, but software analysis outfit Coverity was the company tasked with "ensuring that …
Anna Leach, 22 Aug 2012
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Lunar water-prospecting rover rolls closer towards launch

Astrobotic Technology, a privately funded spacecraft developer, has announced that its has completed a full-size prototype of its second Moon rover, Polaris, which is scheduled to fly in October 2015 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Polaris is one of two Moon rovers under development by Astrobotic in competition for the Google …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2012