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Drilling on Mars… what the heck will they discover?

February 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Drilling on Mars… what the heck will they discover?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.  The fresh […]

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The ancient streams of Mars.

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The ancient streams of Mars.

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the […]

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Curiosity mission as Spielberg would have done it.

September 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Curiosity mission as Spielberg would have done it.

We’ve all seen the recent footage of the landing on Mars from NASA. It was great, if a little low-res. Enter film maker Bard Canning who has taken the footage, cleaned it up, and made an amazing HD movie of how the landing would have looked if we had sent Spielberg to the Red Planet […]

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Off we go, then.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Off we go, then.

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) on Tuesday, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s […]

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Mars landing

August 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
Mars landing

Here’s a timely painting given the Curiosity media interest… a landing on Mars.

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Any landing you can roll away from…

August 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
Any landing you can roll away from…

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back a picture of the landed rover on Mars along with all the assorted debris (and no, we’re not cleaning that up). The Curiosity rover is in the centre of the image, while 4,900 feet away, lies the heat shield, which protected the rover from 3,800-degree-Fahrenheit temperatures encountered during […]

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Happy landings.

August 7, 2012 | By | Reply More
Happy landings.

Our chums at NASA certainly know how to wow us. Not only have they landed the Curiosity rover on Mars without a hitch, they actually took a photo of it on its chute on the way down! The orbiter had a Mars-cam? Now that’s class. Or to put it in a less excited fan-type way, […]

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Mars, baby! It’s the freakiest show.

August 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
Mars, baby! It’s the freakiest show.

Apologies to David Bowie, but now that NASA has successfully landed Curiosity on the Red Planet, the question we’re asking here is, is there life on Mars? Yes, we’re cracking the champers open at Casa Crowsnest. What an achievement! The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in the most complex touch-down ever attempted […]

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