Post Thumbnail

The Curiosity rover has been in an especially precarious position since late last week, when a memory glitch forced it into a safe mode while NASA prepared a backup and diagnosed the trouble. We're glad to report that the worst is over. Scientists have confirmed that the rover left safe mode later

1 year ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Who says NASA doesn't have big plans for the next decade? Following the universally extolled launch of Curiosity onto Mars' surface earlier this year, the American space entity is reportedly looking to launch another in 2020. The news was dealt at the American Geophysical Union conference in San F

2 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

It's been three months since NASA's Curiosity rover set foot wheels down on Martian terrain, and now the space agency has divulged what it's learned about radiation on Mars. Marking the first time radiation has been measured from the surface of another planet, preliminary data collected using the

2 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

A new video has been compiled by Spaceflight101.com showing Curiosity's final minutes of terror in glorious HD (though a dearth of frames and lack of stabilization make it a bit herky-jerky). It's an assembly of all the high-res photos taken by the buggy on the way down to its now familiar perch,

2 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Intrepid 6-wheeler Curiosity perhaps protested too much when it tweeted \"Yes, I've got a laser beam attached to my head. I'm not ill tempered; I zapped a rock for science.\" NASA turned the rover's high-powered laser loose with 30 pulses of a million watts each, reducing a thin layer of the chosen

2 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you thought your OTA update took too long, how about four days? That's how long the Curiosity \"brain transplant\" took, and is now finally complete. This now means that the main computers have switched over from landing mode, to surface mode -- and thus we hope -- meaning the rover's good to go.

2 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Is there life on Mars? NASA's latest mission to the red planet might well answer that question, or perhaps the more pertinent question, was there life on Mars. At 10:02 AM EST on November 26th last year, the space agency's Mars Science Laboratory (to give the mission its full name) set off on its

2 years ago 0 Comments