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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

The percussive maintenance NASA carried out on the Curiosity Rover's drilling machinery has worked, and the robot has started analysing Martian rock samples again. In mid-May, NASA announced its plan to restart the drill, which had been out of action since a motor failed in October 2016. Agency boffins first tried “Feed …
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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

Pics After an extensive summer of long, long, long-distance remote support by NASA engineers on Earth, it looks as though Curiosity on Mars is back in the drilling game. At the end of 2016, the rover's drill bit, which it has used more than a dozen times to explore the bedrock of the Red Planet, started playing up. The problem was …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2017
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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

The UK-backed attempt to crowdfund a mission to the Moon has got off to a roaring start, raising over a third of its £600,000 goal in just three days. CGI image of Lunar Mission One on the Moon Lunar Mission One, which wants to get a new lander on the Moon in 2024 to give the space rock a deep drilling (and drop off some …
Artist's impression of Philae on Comet 67P

Comet lander drill cliffhanger as last dregs of power used

The Philae team has opted to use what could be the last of the comet-catching lander’s power to deploy its drill, in the hopes of collecting the chemical analysis that could answer fundamental questions about life on Earth. Artist In a nail-biting cliffhanger end to the lander's story, the plucky probot’s protuberance had …
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Rosetta probot drilling denied: Philae has its 'leg in the air'

Tough choices lie ahead for Rosetta's Philae scientists after they discovered that the lander’s bouncing touchdown has pushed it into the shadow of a cliff, making it unlikely that its batteries can recharge. Rosetta's OSIRIS snaps Philae as a dot on its way to Comet 67P Philae on its way to Comet 67P. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/ …
Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana'

Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

Curiosity, NASA’s nuclear-powered truck on Mars, has drilled into the planet’s surface for the third time, taking a chunk out of a sandstone slab dubbed Windjana. Sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target 'Windjana' Hole in, done ... where Curiosity drilled into the Martian ground (Credit: NASA) The dust- …
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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
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Curiosity plunges its drill into Mars AGAIN, seeks life-giving sample

Intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has bored into its second stone on the surface of the Red Planet, taking a sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland". Second stone drilled by Curiosity The Martian nuclear truck drilled into Cumberland on Sunday, making an impression 1.6cm in diameter and 6.6cm deep, and is expected …
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MapR revs up HBase queries with M7 Hadoop distro

You are not just imagining it. Every commercial distributor of the Hadoop system for storing and chewing through unstructured data has come up with its own a different way to deliver something akin to SQL query functionality while at the same time boosting the speed of ad hoc queries. MapR Technologies is one of the earlier …
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Hadoop distie MapR trousers another $30m to take on big data rivals

MapR Technologies, one of the commercializers of the Hadoop big data muncher, has pocketed another $30m to help it ramp up its business and keep it on track for what the company hopes will be an initial public offering.. While Cloudera was out of the gate early commercializing the Hadoop big data muncher, MapR was close behind …
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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 …
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Curiosity Mars rover flashes pics of GREY drilled powder sample

Mars rover Curiosity has beamed back pics of what lies beneath the surface of the Red Planet, whose rosy complexion turns out to be just skin-deep. First Curiosity drilling sample in the scoop The sample drilled out of Martian rock by the mobile science lab appears to be a blue-grey powder, visible in the robot arm's open …
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Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

Pic NASA's nuclear Mars truck Curiosity has punched a hole in the planet for posterity with its robotic arm drill. Curiosity's first sample drilling Curiosity's first sample drilling. The shallow indentation on the right was part of its preparations, NASA says. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The rover bored into a flat, veiny …
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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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Chinese takeaway biodiesel man in garage explosion horror

A Northamptonshire man destroyed his garage and badly injured himself at the weekend while attempting to make biodiesel from used cooking oil. A devastating explosion levelled the makeshift reprocessing plant on Saturday afternoon, when sparks from an electric drill being used to mix ingredients ignited explosive vapours. …
Lewis Page, 28 Jul 2008

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