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  • Is this an alien spaceship on Mars or NASA debris?Curiosity spots mystery object on red planet

    06/28/2017 2:10:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Shivali Best
    Nasa's Curiosity rover has snapped a photo of a mysterious object on the surface of Mars, which conspiracy theorists believe could be evidence of aliens. The high-definition image appears to show the object glinting against Mars' rocky landscape. While many people believe that the object is made by aliens, others have suggested that it is merely the rover's own entry debris.
  • What Happened on Election Day

    02/11/2017 6:51:25 PM PST · by Vendome · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/11/2017 | Gil Troy
    Link only per FR rules....but, a damn good read. Concise and quick too. Still stew pet.
  • NASA Troubleshooting Drill Problem On Mars Curiosity Rover

    12/13/2016 5:27:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbsla ^ | 12/13/2016
    NASA says it’s troubleshooting a snag on the Mars rover Curiosity that’s preventing it from moving its robotic arm and driving to another spot. The space agency said Tuesday the problem involves a motor in the rover’s drill that is used to bore into rocks. Curiosity has been taking pictures, but doing little else for the past two weeks.
  • Curiosity Finds Ancient Mars Likely Had More Oxygen and Was More Hospitable to Life

    07/03/2016 6:32:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 07/01/2016 | ken kremer
    Curiosity discovered high levels of manganese oxide minerals in rocks investigated at a location called “Windjana” during the spring of 2014. Manganese-oxide minerals require abundant water and strongly oxidizing conditions to form. “Researchers found high levels of manganese oxides by using a laser-firing instrument on the rover. This hint of more oxygen in Mars’ early atmosphere adds to other Curiosity findings — such as evidence about ancient lakes — revealing how Earth-like our neighboring planet once was,” NASA reported. The newly announced results stem from results obtained from the rovers mast mounted ChemCam or Chemistry and Camera laser firing instrument....
  • Curiouser And Curiouser: NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Piles Of Silica On Mars

    12/19/2015 4:50:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/18/2015 | Bill Chappell
    In a finding that suggests "considerable water activity" on Mars, NASA says its Curiosity rover has found very high concentrations of silica on the red planet. The agency says it also found "a mineral named tridymite, rare on Earth and never seen before on Mars." The discoveries took place on Mount Sharp, where Curiosity drilled into a rock called "Buckskin" to find the tridymite, and where it used its "ChemCam" laser to measure high silica levels. The odd findings led researchers to take the rare step of ordering Curiosity to retrace its path to learn more. Explanations for the high...
  • Curiosity Reaches Massive Field of Spectacularly Rippled Active Martian Sand Dunes

    12/14/2015 8:53:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 14 Dec , 2015
    The dark dunes, named the "Bagnold Dunes," skirt the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp and lie on the alien road of Curiosity's daring trek up the lower portion of the layered Martian mountain. Today, Dec 14, Curiosity is exploring a spectacular spot dubbed the "Namib Dune" shown in our new photo mosaic above. Ascending and diligently exploring the sedimentary lower layers of Mount Sharp, which towers 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) into the Martian sky, is the primary destination and goal of the rovers long term scientific expedition on the Red Planet. ... Before crossing the dune field, the team is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity's View

    08/08/2015 4:23:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | August 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: By planet Earth's calendar, the Curiosity Mars Rover reached its 3rd anniversary on the surface of the Red Planet on August 6. To celebrate, gaze across this dramatic panoramic view of diverse terrain typical of the rover's journey to the layered slopes of Aeolis Mons, also known as Mount Sharp. Recorded with Curiosity's Mast Camera instrument, the scene looks south across gravel, sand ripples, and boulders toward rounded buttes. In the background, higher layers at left are toward the southeast, with southwest at panorama right. The individual images composing the view were taken on Curiosity's mission sols (martian days)...
  • Mystery Methane on Mars: The Saga Continues

    05/26/2015 12:13:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Astrobiology Magazine ^ | May 14, 2015 | Johnny Bontemps
    A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA’s rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team.
  • Curiosity spitting odd findings after Mars dust feast

    02/07/2015 7:18:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    slashgear.com ^ | Chris Davies
    NASA's Curiosity rover has been busy with its drill again, and analysis of the second sample of Martian rock is already turning up some unexpected conditions back when the red planet supported liquid water. Curiosity put its low-percussion-level drill into play for the first time last week, carving a chunk out of a site known as "Mojave 2" at the base of Mount Sharp, and feeding it in powder form into its Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Turns out, even though the analysis isn't finished yet, there are already signs of a surprising amount of jarosite, to a degree that...
  • Elem school suspends boy after he threatens to turn student invisible [no curiosity is allowed]

    02/02/2015 1:25:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 1, 2015 | Zoe Szathmary
    An elementary school suspended a boy who arrived at school last week with what he alleged was a powerful ring that appears in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' fantasy books. Aiden Steward was suspended from Kermit Elementary School in Kermit, Texas, over a Thursday incident, The New York Daily News reported. While speaking to another boy, 9-year-old Steward said he would able to use the One Ring and turn the fellow student invisible, according to the newspaper.... Jason Steward told the newspaper 'I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his...
  • Mars photo: Ancient petroglyph of human found on rock by Curiosity rover (Video)

    10/19/2014 6:17:38 AM PDT · by shove_it · 89 replies
    Examiner ^ | 18 Oct 2019 | Norman Byrd
    And still the strange and intriguing sightings in photos taken by the Mars Curiosity rover keep coming: This time with the image of what looks like a humanoid figure bracketed by three bold, indented parallel lines. UFO Sightings Hotspot reported Oct. 17 that the NASA's Curiosity rover had inadvertently spied a petroglyph -- or rock engraving -- among the rust-colored stones on the Red Planet. The website noted that what looks like an etching in stone, little more than a stylized stick figure, is nearly identical to hundreds of petroglyphs engraved in columns, slabs, and rocks all over planet...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity Inspects Mt. Remarkable on Mars

    05/07/2014 4:40:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    NASA ^ | May 07, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What has the Curiosity rover come across on Mars? Dubbed Mount Remarkable, the rolling robot has chanced upon this notable 5-meter tall mound during its continuing journey around and, eventually, up 5.5-kilometer high Mt. Sharp. Unsure of the density of the surrounding layered sandstone, the human team on Earth has instructed the car-sized rover on Mars to drill into a rock on the side of Mt. Remarkable to investigate. Quite possibly, water involved in creating the dense sandstone could have helped to support ancient life on the red planet. Mt. Sharp, the unusual central peak of Gale Crater, has...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Crossing Dingo Gap on Mars

    02/18/2014 8:22:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    NASA ^ | February 18, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: An important threshold on Mars has now been crossed. Landing in mid-2012, the Curiosity rover is searching for clues of whether life could ever have existed on the red planet. Recent findings of Curiosity include evidence for an ancient (but now dried) freshwater lake, and the non-detection of the biomarker methane in the Martian atmosphere. To continue its investigation, the car-sized rover is on an expedition to roll up Mt. Sharp, the central peak of the large crater in which it landed. Life might have shown preference for water that once ran down the Martian mountain. Two weeks ago,...
  • Incredible Interactive Virtual Reality Application of Curiosity Rover on Mars

    10/23/2013 3:59:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    JPL/NASA ^ | October 23, 2012 | Staff
  • NASA says there is NO life on Mars: Curiosity rover hasn’t discovered any clues…

    09/21/2013 9:39:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:18 EST, 21 September 2013 | Martin Robinson
    After a year roaming the surface of Mars, NASA has failed to find any evidence that its atmosphere is supporting life, it was revealed today. The Curiosity rover currently scanning the Red Planet has not detected any methane, a gas that is produced by living things. Since landing in Gale Crater last year, every morning and evening the car-size probe has analyzed Mars’ air and scanned it with a tiny laser in search of the greenhouse gas. Not finding it means that it is unlikely that microbes capable of producing the gas are living below the planet’s surface, scientists said...
  • Moon Dance: Curiosity Rover Captures Movie of Phobos and Deimos Together

    08/15/2013 3:31:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Sol 351 for the Curiosity rover on Mars was a marvelous night for a moon dance. The Mars Science Laboratory rover caught sight of Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos together in the sky. And not just one image was captured: the rover’s Mast Camera captured a series of 41 images to allow the MSL team to create this timelapse movie of the dance, where the smaller moon Diemos is occulted by Phobos. To our knowledge, this the first time the two moons have been seen together in any image from the surface of Mars, let alone this sequence of...
  • Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos (Video)

    08/17/2013 12:47:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Auggust 16, 2013 | Staff
    Direct Link To VideoYouTube:Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of DeimosThis sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ. Pasadena, California — The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Large craters on Phobos are clearly visible in these images from the surface of Mars. No previous images from missions on the surface caught one moon eclipsing the other....
  • Curiosity Captures ‘Phobos Rising’ Movie and Sun Setting on Mars

    07/02/2013 5:26:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | Ken Kremer on
    Every once in a while when the time is just right and no one is looking, Curiosity’s Earthly handlers allow her some night time Martian delights. In this case a pair of rising and setting celestial events bookend another magnificent week in humankinds exploration of the Red Planet – courtesy of NASA. This past week NASA’s Curiosity rover captured esthetically stunning imagery of Phobos rising and Our Sun setting on Mars.
  • Wow! Mars Rover Captures Stunning Billion-Pixel Photo of Red Planet (Inteactive, Zoomable)

    06/27/2013 3:16:19 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Space.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | Mike Wall
    Wow! Mars Rover Captures Interactive Zoomable Stunning Billion-Pixel Photo of Red Planet A new 1.3-billion-pixel image from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity allows viewers to zoom in and investigate part of the Red Planet in incredible detail. The huge mosaic stitches together nearly 900 photos that the Curiosity rover took with some of its 17 cameras during the robot's exploration of Gale Crater on Mars, NASA officials said. "It gives a sense of place and really shows off the cameras' capabilities," Bob Deen, of the Multi-Mission Image Processing Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement....
  • Curiosity Reaches Out with Martian Handshake and Contemplates New Drilling

    05/11/2013 11:58:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | May 11, 2013 | by Ken Kremer on
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached out in a Martian ‘handshake’ like gesture welcoming the end of solar conjunction that marks the resumption of contact with her handlers back on Earth – evidenced in a new photo mosaic of images captured as the robot and her human handlers contemplate a short traverse to a 2nd drilling target in the next few days. “We’ll move a small bit and then drill another hole,” said John Grotzinger to Universe Today. Grotzinger, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., leads NASA’s Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory mission.