NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity has its first analysis target, an intriguing rock with a pyramidal shape that is now 8.2 feet (2.5 meter) from its current location. The scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are excited about this and other features discovered by the rover's cameras.
I've seen interpolated videos of the historic Mars Curiosity's landing before, but this one truly left me in awe. It was painstakingly made during a period of four weeks. It's truly feels like being aboard the ship.
This is the most expensive penny in the Universe. It's now on Mars, after an exciting $2.5 billion ride. Previously, the most expensive Lincoln penny in history was a 1943 copper-alloy cent that was sold for $1.7 million in a 1996 auction. That's peanuts compared to the cost of putting this coin up there, however.
This morning Hans Nyberg sent me the most impressive panorama I've seen of Mars yet, made from images released by NASA on August 27. Put it at full screen and look around. It's just like being right there, but with oxygen and air conditioning.
The success of the Mars Curiosity rover continues. As this image just released buy NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows, Curiosity is now moving without any problem whatsoever.
Curiosity's day 3 on the Gale Crater, Mars. All systems are running as expected. There is no sign of sailors fighting in the dance hall, cavemen or any freaky show, and here's the first natural 360-degree color panorama image to prove it.
Great news keep coming from the red planet. Curiosity has opened her eyes for the first time. She took a good look around her and decided that life is good in Mars—albeit a bit lonely.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just snapped the scene of the crime: all the pieces of the EDL (Entry Descent Landing) system that worked flawlessly together to safely put Curiosity on the surface of Mars.
A lot of people are wondering why the first color image from the Mars Curiosity Rover looks so murky. Or why the black and white pictures look so low-resolution and out of focus in some areas. Calm yourselves. They will look absolutely amazing soon, perfect and in high-def.
This video covers the last two and a half minutes of Curiosity's descent from her point of view. It's made of 297 frames captured during the landing. You can see the thermal shield being jettisoned and the wheel of the rover as it's being dropped by the skycrane.
Here you have it. It's not the super-HD panoramic image that everyone is eagerly awaiting for, but this is the first high(ish) resolution image of the 3-mile-high Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp.
A friend at NASA has sent us this funny document that reveals two things for the first time. One, it shows exactly where Curiosity landed yesterday. The accuracy of the actual landing site compared to the target is impressive!*
The Mars Curiosity has landed—a phenomenal success that completes an incredible journey against all odds. NASA still has the chops to make interplanetary magic happen.
Ben Thoma is one of the crucial people in the Mars Science Laboratory mission. He has this mind blowing thought to share with you:
In just a few hours the Mars Curiosity Rover will be on the surface of Mars. During the seven minutes of terror that will precede touch down, many things must work perfectly. The first critical piece is the parachute.