Articles about curiosity rover

Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis If ever there was any doubt that billionaire Peter Thiel was a contrarian, he put it to bed last night in a short speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, US. The Paypal cofounder and early investor in Facebook already stood out as a supporter of Donald Trump in Silicon Valley – an industry that despises the …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016
NASA CAD of Mars 2020 Rover

New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

All being well, NASA will launch the successor to Curiosity Rover in 2020. And this time the agency hopes to prepare samples for an as-yet-blue-sky manned mission that could one day return them to Earth for analysis. NASA says its Mars Rover 2020 project has passed a “significant milestone” – Key Decision Point (KDP) C – which …
his low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin." The MAHLI camera on Curiosity's robotic arm took multiple images on Aug. 5, 2015, that were stitched together into this selfie. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

A little image magic gets Curiosity's wheels turning again

The Curiosity Rover is not about to become a nuclear waste dump on Mars as the trundling science lab has become mobile again after a glitch put it in safe mode last week. The root cause of the bug is a little mysterious, but NASA reckons an image transfer mode brought about the glitch, so the agency will avoid using that mode …
Curiosity selfie as it drills for water

NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

NASA mission scientists are puzzling over why the Mars Curiosity rover entered “safe mode” during the weekend. In safe mode, the rover puts itself on hold: it ceases most activity, keeps itself safe, and follows a sequence to resume communications. The unexplained glitch was announced by NASA here. So far, the status update …
his low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin." The MAHLI camera on Curiosity's robotic arm took multiple images on Aug. 5, 2015, that were stitched together into this selfie. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

NASA boffins have crunched 34 million weather observations collected by the Curiosity rover its two full Martian years trundling about the red planet. The basics are pretty simple: Mars is reliably cold, dry and windy, while the thin atmosphere means not much heat is retained so air temperature “usually plummets by more than …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016
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John Grunsfeld retiring from NASA, again

The head of NASA's Science Mission Directorate who oversaw the successful Curiosity mission to Mars, John Grunsfeld, has retired from the agency. Grunsfeld joined NASA as an astronaut in 1992 and spent over 58 days in space helping to build the International Space Station and performing the final upgrades to the Hubble Space …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2016
Airbus' Perlan glider

Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

VIDEO Airbus has conducted a new test of a glider it thinks could one day fly on Mars. But Mars has such a thin atmosphere, we hear you ask, how could Bernoulli's Principle work in such a rarified gaseous environment? Airbus' Perlan 2 glider project is designed to address just such atmospheric problems, as it aims to create a …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2016
Dragon 2 capsule

Watch: SpaceX Dragon capsule breathes fire during crucial hover test

Vid SpaceX has released video showing the hovering capabilities of its Dragon 2 crew capsule that could eventually eliminate the need for astronauts to land using parachutes. The test took place at SpaceX's engineering facility in McGregor, Texas and saw the 6,000-kg (13,228-lb) spacecraft suspended from a cable before the eight …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jan 2016

Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

NASA's Curiosity rover has delivered a fine panoramic postcard of a Martian sand dune, snapped as the trundling explorer ascends the Red Planet's Mount Sharp. The full dune panorama as snapped by Curiosity A distant Mount Sharp rises above the Namib Dune. Pic: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS (big version here) The four-metre-high " …
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2016
The rippled surface of the first Martian sand dune ever studied up close fills this Nov. 27, 2015, view of "High Dune" from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. This site is part of the "Bagnold Dunes" field of active dark dunes along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Rover digs into humanity's first alien sand dune

The Curiosity Rover has clocked up another first for humanity by examining an alien sand dune. The nuclear-powered space tank is currently at a spot named "Bagnold Dunes," which can be found on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp inside the Gale Crater that's been Curiosity's home since it arrived on August 6th, 2012. NASA …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2015

Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

In just over a decade Randall Munroe has become firmly established and it’s safe to say adored as the author of xkcd. Since starting in LiveJournal and moving to xkcd.com on 1 January 2006, Munroe has published over 1,600 webcomics which continue to amuse and enthuse netizens. His stick-driven dioramas offer glib observations …
Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity rover on Mars

Seagate moves head moneyman to undefined role, promotes new CFO

Seagate has moved CFO Pat O'Malley to an undefined exec role and promoted Dave Morton to CFO. Morton was Seagate’s SVP, treasurer and principal accounting officer, and now gets an EVP hat. O'Malley, CFO since 2008, keeps his existing EVP status but becomes responsible "for a broad range of strategic and operational issues." …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015
Gullies on the surface of Mars

WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

Pics NASA has had the space community on tenterhooks for the last week, and on Monday made its big reveal – there is liquid water on Mars. "Liquid water has been found on Mars," said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters at a press conference on Monday. The research, published in Nature Geoscience, analyzed …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2015
Artist's image of asteroids and Mars

NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Perhaps to give the President time to act in advance, NASA says it will unveil a "major" discovery it has made on our planetary neighbour Mars later today. Nobody knows what the discovery could be, but there has to be at least some chance that at last, alien life has been discovered on another planet than our own. The US …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2015
Curiosity selfie as it drills for water

Curiosity Rover's OS has backdoor bug

Canadian security researcher Yannick Formaggio has detailed a significant flaw in VxWorks, the real-time operating system (RTOS) made by Intel subsidiary Wind River. Speaking at the 44CON event made famous last week, Formaggio detailed how an integer overflow mess allows remote code execution in the operating system. Formaggio …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2015
his low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin." The MAHLI camera on Curiosity's robotic arm took multiple images on Aug. 5, 2015, that were stitched together into this selfie. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

The Curiosity Rover has found the wettest patch of ground it's yet observed on Mars. The nuclear-powered laser-packing space tank has spent the last week or so in the "Marias Pass" region where it unleashed its drill to turn parts of a rock named “Buckskin” to powder. That powder's since been subjected to analysis by …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2015
A woman on Mars?

'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

Pics Yet again citizen observers have spotted something odd on Mars – this time what appears to be a woman in a long flowing gown standing on a cliff face. Martian woman The truth is out there; or maybe not "It looks like a woman partly cloaked. The woman seems to have breasts... indicated by the shadow on its chest," reports …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2015

Did MARS once have OCEANS? Curiosity discovers continental crust

NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover has aimed its ChemCam laser at some unusually light-coloured rocks on Mars and discovered surprising similarities between them and the rocks of Earth's granitic continental crust. The evidence of a "continental crust" on Mars is a huge discovery from the space-tank, now rumbling over the …
HoloLens testing on the vomit comet

SpaceX to blast Microsoft's HoloLens visors into SPAAAAACE

A pair of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality goggles will be beamed up to the International Space Station on Sunday as part of the cargo in SpaceX's resupply mission. Youtube Video Astronauts will use the HoloLens kit to communicate with ground control and help with complex space station repairs. The two units on this …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2015
LDSD

FLYING SAUCER crashes into Pacific off Hawaii - NASA

Sailors in waters to the west of the Hawaiian island of Kauai will have just seen a curious sight indeed: a flying saucer screaming out of the sky and smashing into the Pacific. The craft was NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), a 15-foot-wide saucer-shaped machine hooked up to a huge parachute to test methods for …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jun 2015
LDSD

NASA shock: Flying saucer predicted over Hawaii on Wednesday

Pic On Wednesday, inhabitants of the Hawaiian island of Kauai will see a flying saucer rise up into the air, fire its rocket motors, and head into space – as NASA tests its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD). The LDSD is a circular spacecraft resembling the UFOs of old. It is 15ft (4.5m) across and weighs 6,808 pounds (3, …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jun 2015
Glaciers on Mars

Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

Hard on the heels of news from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that Mars could have extensive sub-surface glaciers, Curiosity Rover has gone a step better and found evidence of “transient” liquid water. It's neither pure enough nor (as a liquid) plentiful enough to support life, but it's still enough to get the boffinry quietly …
NASA's new Europa photo

ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

First contact with alien life will happen very soon, claims NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. During a panel discussion regarding NASA's search for habitable worlds and alien life, Stofan said: "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive …
Curiosity selfie as it drills for water

Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

The Curiosity rover's arm is working again! In late February, NASA shut down the robotic limb after a short circuit led to errors. By March 7th, the space agency expressed optimism that the arm would come good. And last week, it did: NASA reports that last Wednesday the nuclear-powered laser-equipped space tank once again …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2015
Curiosity's view of Mount Sharp

NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

NASA boffins are confident that its Mars-dwelling space tank Curiosity will return to full duty as early as next week, after its mission was temporarily scuppered by a short-circuiting arm. The U.S. space agency said yesterday that it was continuing to analyse what had gone wrong with the rover's arm movements. As The …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2015
Curiosity's robotic arm probes first rock

Curiosity rover RENDERED ARMLESS by short circuit

Humanity's Mars-resident nuclear-powered, laser-packing space tank Curiosity has a broken arm. NASA boffins said the problem emerged on 27 February when "the rover was conducting an early step in the transfer of rock powder collected by the drill on the arm to laboratory instruments inside the rover." During that operation " …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2015
Hololens

SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Windows 10 will include full support for a new piece of Microsoft hardware – the HoloLens – Microsoft's first foray into augmenting reality with holograms. The HoloLens headset includes its own CPU and GPU, along with a third, "holographic" processor. The device has transparent eyepieces onto which can be displayed hologram …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015

'We will SNORT UP CRYSTAL DUST and then do a MAJOR software update'

NASA boffins are planning to pulverise a dried-up deposit from the surface of Mars and then snort up and "ingest" the resulting crystalline dust before performing a major software update, they have announced. The crystal snorting will of course be done by robotic means, through the agency of the nuclear powered, raygun-armed, …
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2015
Possible fossil strata on Mars

ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

Pics Photographs of rocks taken by NASA's Curiosity rover may confirm that life as we know it once existed on Mars. The pictures were shot at the Gillespie Lake outcrop in Yellowknife Bay, which used to be a huge lake back when Mars had surface water. Dr Nora Noffke, who has spent 20 years studying fossils of early microbes, said …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jan 2015
Opportunity in clean room

NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

NASA engineers are preparing a radical fix that could help the Opportunity Mars rover regain its fading faculties and continue its Red Planet mission. The rover, which has spent ten years rolling across the Martian plains, has been having memory problems for the last six months because the cells in its flash memory have been …
Iain Thomson, 31 Dec 2014
Artist's concept of Curiosity

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 …
Iain Thomson, 08 Dec 2014

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
Golf HECKLER! screenshot

Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

Pic Mars watchers have spotted another weird object on the surface of the Red Planet: images uploaded from the Curiosity rover feature a small, nearly perfect sphere that was photographed by the machine's MastCam. Mars ball Mars has a tiny ball (click to enlarge) The photo, which was snapped on September 11 and posted on …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 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
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
A self-portrait taken by the curiosity rover

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) …
Old computer

Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

Security outlet VUPEN has revealed it held onto a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability for three years before disclosing it at the March Pwn2Own hacker competition. The company wrote in a disclosure last week it discovered the vulnerability (CVE-2014-2777) on 12 February 2011 which was patched by Microsoft on 17 June (MS14 …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut patch

Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

45 years ago today - that is, July 20th - the human race left its first bootprint on a body other than the Earth we'd been treading for the last few million years, as Neil Armstrong stepped off the Eagle lunar module's ladder and onto the dusty regolith of the Moon. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2014
Artist's concept of Curiosity

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 …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2014
ESA's "Dropship" drone

European Space Agency demos MARS LANDINGS BY DRONE

The European Space Agency has used an off-the-shelf quadcopter to demonstrate the latest output of its StarTiger rapid-development program: precision guidance and safe delivery of a rover-like vehicle onto a simulated Mars surface. Getting to Mars is one thing, but as the ESA knows only too well, executing a successful landing …
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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
Mars

NASA agonizes over plan for Mars rock sample return mission

America's top rock hounds are gathering in Virginia to decide where on Mars they want NASA's next rover to land – not just so it can survey the Red Planet but also so that it can send back useful samples. NASA has already announced that it will send a newish rover to Mars in 2020. The probe will use the same body shell as the …
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2014
Curiosity self-portrait at Rocknest in the Gale Crater

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/ …
Windjana

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

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
Tunguska meteorite samples

Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

Russian boffins have floated the idea that the Tunguska object, a meteorite that flattened swathes of Siberia in 1908, may have been a chunk of Mars. The Tunguska event is considered history's largest recorded meteorite impact. Controversy surrounds whether the object was a meteorite or comet, and whether the object hit the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014
Artist's concept of Curiosity

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 …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jan 2014
A self-portrait taken by the curiosity rover

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
Artist's concept of Curiosity

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