Articles about curiosity rover

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
Thomas Presquet EVA training with NASA photo ESA

Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew

Feature What did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are as a follower of Dr Who, you wanted to be a Time lord. While travel in time sadly isn’t on the cards, space travel is becoming a reality with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo working through 50-plus rocket-powered test flights to qualify for passenger flights and with the …
Dave Wilby, 21 Nov 2013
Mars

'FELSIC materials' find on MARS could rewrite Red Planet's history

A group of researchers have found evidence of large granite deposits on the surface of Mars, an indication that the Red Planet may be more volcanically active than originally believed. The research group from the Georgia Institute of Technology said that it has found evidence of volcanic feldspar on the martian surface, an …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2013
MAVEN

BLAST OFF! NASA's MAVEN Mars probe ROARS into orbit

Updated NASA's Mars probe MAVEN has successfully sneaked through its weather window and launched from Cape Canaveral at 13.28pm ET on Monday, before heavy weather could roll in and delay the launch. MAVEN launch And she's off Scientists and engineers at the agency and Lockheed Martin have spent the last five years building the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2013
Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity rover on Mars

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
Old Water

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
 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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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

Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

NASA's real-world space program may be mired in funding disputes, but that won't stop American toy company Mattel's iconic fashion doll Barbie from taking to the stars once more, with a new "Barbie I Can Be ... Mars Explorer" edition. The doll, a collaboration between Mattel and NASA, was released to coincide with the one-year …
Neil McAllister, 05 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 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
Teh second version of Curiosity for Mars

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
Curiosity Billion Pixel Image

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 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 …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2013
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Boffins find world's oldest virgin water trapped in Earth's crust

A team of British and Canadian scientists think they've found the oldest water sealed off from the Earth's atmosphere hidden deep in the Earth's crust, and estimate it is between 1.5 and 2.67 billion years old. Old Water How long before Perrier tries to flog this? The researchers analyzed water welling up from boreholes …
Iain Thomson, 16 May 2013
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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

NASA, and plenty of private individuals, want to put mankind on Mars. Now a team at the University of Washington, with funding from the space agency, is about to start building a fusion engine that could get humans there in just 30 days and make other forms of space travel obsolete. FDR Fusion drive Rocket fuel is just so …
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2013
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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'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 …
A self-portrait taken by the curiosity rover

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 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 …
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2013
Matijevic Hill, current location of the Opportunity Rover

Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

Mean time between failure wonks take note: The Opportunity rover launched in 2003 and expected to survive 90 days on Mars today racks up nine years of continuous operations on the red planet. That's 3195 days longer than first planned. Opportunity was hauled into orbit by a Delta II rocket on July 7th, 2003. A little over six …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2013
Layers with Carbonate Content Inside McLaughlin Crater on Mars

Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'

While the Curiosity rover faffs about sending its earthbound doppelganger to help President Obama be inaugurated afresh, NASA's harder-working Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted something interesting at the bottom of a crater, namely clays and other rocks associated with terrestrial lakes and perhaps, just perhaps, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 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 …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2013
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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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She's a beauty! Super WATER-RICH Mars rock FOUND

Pic A Martian meteorite nicknamed Black Beauty contains more water than any other rock found from the Red Planet. Martian meteorite Black Beauty Martian meteorite Black Beauty Credit: NASA The space stone, discovered in Morocco, is believed to come from the Martian crust 2.1 billion years ago, during the planet’s Amazonian era …

From post-coital squid to high-res Playboy bunnies: The 2012 'IT angle?!' quiz

How much do you remember about what really mattered in 2012? You're about to find out. Last year The Reg chronicled more than just the birth of Windows 8, the rise of ARM, the battle between iOS and Android, the genesis of the buzzword de l'année "big data", Apple's crap Maps app flap, and other communiqués from the front …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Dec 2012

Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

The past year provided us with some wonderful tales of innovation and expertise, but we all like to see a car crash as much as success story, right? So here's a roundup of the most colossal cock-ups of the last 12 months, including face-plants by Google, Facebook, Apple, and others who succumbed to that most universal of human …
Iain Thomson, 26 Dec 2012
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365 days in SPAAACE: An interstellar glance at 2012

In a year dominated by Martian news, the pioneering Earthling spirit of one Elon Musk and the hunt for a second human home also grabbed some cosmic headlines. Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity rover and skycrane The year started with Curiosity's journey to the Red Planet, dodging solar flares as it thrust its way towards …
A self-portrait taken by the curiosity rover

NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

NASA has published a long and detailed explanation of just how its Curiosity rover managed to take a self-portrait. The agency has posted a video, which we've popped at the bottom of the story, and lengthy text explanations of the way it assembled the shot below. NASA says “Curiosity held the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager ( …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2012
Mars and Earth

NetApp launches SECRET MARS MISSION, seeks egghead

The Reg storage desk has learned of a Mars project at NetApp. So we've sent our own Curiosity rover - specifically, a Google bot - to scan for job descriptions. This is what it transmitted back: Mars is an industry-leading next-generation product and one of the most strategic projects within NetApp. Mars is a clusterable and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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NASA: 'Those life-on-Mars rumors? Chill, dudes and dudettes'

Calm down, Mars fanatics. NASA has tossed a wet blanket over speculation that its Curiosity rover has found evidence of life – or, at minimum, of organic compounds – on the Red Planet. "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," the agency plainly stated in a …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2012
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NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

All the boffinry world is alive with speculation as to just what the as yet unnannounced "one for the history books" discovered by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity might be. But a recently-published study may offer a clue. In the investigation, researchers from NASA's Johnson Space Center, the Carnegie Institution and the Lunar and …
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NASA admits hiding 'really good' news from Martian soil

It appears the Curiosity rover on Mars has had some exciting news, but NASA controllers have said that they're keeping quiet about it until the facts have been checked. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," John Grotzinger, principal investigator for Curiosity told NPR. According to …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2012
Emoji Rocket

Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in

It's Not Rocket Science I hate to say it, but most of what you think about space-age technology is a total fabrication. It’s the stuff of sci-fi. Perhaps the biggest misconception of all is that spacecraft are equipped with cutting-edge computing platforms that any self-respecting technophile would commit unspeakable acts to get their mitts on. …
Shaun Dormon, 19 Nov 2012
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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 …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2012

Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

Comment How disappointing. Felix Baumgartner, the steely-sphered Austrian who recently supplied us all with much quality entertainment by leaping out of a balloon 128,000 feet above New Mexico to break the all-time world altitude skydiving record, turns out to be a blinkered fool. In an interview with the Telegraph last week which has …
Lewis Page, 01 Nov 2012
Curiosity's first scoop also shows bright object

Mystery martian object is relic of (our) civilisation

NASA has decided the mystery shiny object on Mars merits another day of probing, but is fairly sure it is a piece of plastic from the Curiosity rover. The space agency's explanation for the object says: The rover team's assessment is that the bright object is something from the rover, not Martian material. It appears to be a …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 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
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Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading

Downloading pirated material in Japan can now earn you two years in prison and a fine of two million yen ($25,600) for each purloined file, with uploaders facing 10 years in the Big House and a fine five times as large. The laws – some of the toughest ever enacted against illegal downloaders – were passed in June after strong …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 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 …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2012
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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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Opportunity finds new patch of 'berries' on Mars

The Curiosity rover kept trundling away over the weekend, with NASA reporting the vehicle has now moved 142 meters. More exciting Martian action over the weekend took place at a spot NASA calls “an outcrop called Kirkwood in the Cape York segment of the western rim of Endeavour Crater.” Ye Olde Opportunity rover is still hard at …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2012
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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 …
Anna Leach, 07 Sep 2012
Mars Rover, credit NASA

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