Curiosity spotted on Mars and more space exploration (photos)

Curiosity spotted on Mars and more space exploration (photos)

Summary: Here's an update on the journey of the newest Martian inhabitant, the rover Curiosity, including a photo of it from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Plus, more space shots.

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  • This past week, the rover Curiosity stopped for a 6-10 day break so it could test its 7-foot arm. The arm is expected to dig into the Martian soil, scoop out samples, and move them to onboard instruments. It is also scheduled to put science instruments onto the surface for testing.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

  • Curiosity's ChemCam captured these before-and-after images after it blasted this soil sample about 50 times with its onboard laser. Each shot delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second. See Curiosity Mars rover blasts first rock with laser.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

  • This view of Curiosity's trail shows one of the wheels that left an imprint within the tracks. It's used to help measure distances traveled on the planet.

    What are the marks? Morse code for JPL, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which built the rover and manages its stay there.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • Amazing

    I'm so grateful to having lived from watching redstone rockets explode on the launch pad to this.

    In other news: apparently the Mars rover, upon landing, killed the last living Martian cat.
    dheady@...
    • Very Clever.

      "Curiosity killed the cat."
      William Farrel
  • It's one of Google's omnipresent mapping vans

    Here's another view, this time hitting a deer:
    http://www.geekologie.com/2009/01/google-maps-van-hits-deer-uplo.php

    Come. See. Conquer. Move on.
    klumper