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02.07.14 Andy Cush

Yesterday, we saw a truly beautiful panorama of shots taken by the Mars Curiosity rover showing the vast, foreign landscape that is the Red Planet’s surface. Today, the curiosity offered a distinctly different view, sending home its first-ever photo of Earth taken from Mars. The view is breathtaking. Witness our planet in all its tiny, speck-like […]

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02.06.14 Andy Cush

The sheer amount of snow and sleet in recent weeks has left parts of NYC looking like the cratered surface of some distant planet. If you’d rather be looking at foreboding, interminably chilly tundras from afar, though, here’s a new panorama of images from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, stitched together by the photographer Andrew Bodrov. According […]

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10.01.13 Andy Cush

You may be aware that NASA is one of the federal agencies being affected by the government shutdown; 18,000 workers, 97% of NASA’s employees, will not be reporting to work until Congress works out a solution. But perhaps the most notable furlough isn’t even a human: the Curiosity rover, all the way up on Mars, […]

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08.05.13 Bucky Turco

Today marks the one year anniversary of NASA’s Curiosity rover landing on Mars. According to the space agency, the IRL Wall-e has been very busy sending data: Curiosity has provided more than 190 gigabits of data; returned more than 36,700 full images; fired more than 75,000 laser shots to investigate the composition of targets; collected […]

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08.24.12 David Lumb

Our intrepid exploring rover gingerly began testing out its systems and cogs and wheels on Wednesday (Sol 16), driving up 15 feet and back 8. But any day now, it will begin its voyage to Mt. Sharp creeping toward Mt. Sharpe five miles away–its first destination is 1/5 of the way to Sharpe at 1,300 […]

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08.23.12 David Lumb

Yes, the video is running at 3x speed and is a cleaned-up version of this video with thumbnails spliced in where Curiosity left gaps, but that skycrane-empowered roller coaster ending is awesome. In other space news–Spacebook. Exactly as it says on the tin, Spacebook is a professional network (read: invite only) for folks in the […]

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08.22.12 David Lumb

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter recorded Curiosity’s radio chatter during its descent to Mars and tweaked it until it could be audible to the human ear. Which makes it the closest you’ll come to screaming through the atmosphere and skycraning down to the surface. (Hint: it’s kind of like a Terminator’s dying scream.) […]

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08.20.12 David Lumb

Surpassing its descent to Mars via a jet-powered robot dropship, Curiosity has just completed its coolest Science Fiction feat yesterday (Sol 13/Aug 19): firing its laser. Sure, it’s less “pew pew” and more “radiation radiation,” but the Chemistry Cam (ChemCam) zapped a wee boulder (appropriately-named Coronation) for Mankind’s first laser “investigation” of an interplanetary rock. […]

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08.15.12 David Lumb

Once scientists finish checking out Curiosity’s instruments after its software update (cutely coined its “brain transplant” for switching the rover from “plane” to “drive” mode in its 4 GB of memory), it could drive a few meters as early as Sol 13/Aug 19 (today is Sol 9), with a full-fledged test drive on Sol 15/Aug […]

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08.14.12 David Lumb

While we wait for Curiosity’s software update to finish switching the rover from “flight mode” to “car mode,” industrious humans have put together some sweet rotating panoramas to play around with. First up: photographer Andrew Bordov put this gem together from a plethora of Sol 2 (day 2, August 8th) photos and uploaded it to […]

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