After getting out of a recent reboot into safe-mode status caused by some anomaly, the Mars Curiosity rover has halted operations for a few days after a new problem has been discovered: a soft short.* NASA engineers are running tests now.
If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of people who follows the Mars rover Curiosity on Twitter, you know that the robot has a big personality that matches her massive size and capabilities. She's also obsessed with pop culture and the theme song to Shaft, and will answer almost any question you have about her…
Every morning, when Mars Curiosity opens her amazing eyes, mission control plays a motivating, inspiring song to start the new sol, or martian day. Each track is delightful, and even though you're not a part of the ground team, they're wonderful ways to kickstart yourself out of bed. Here's the full list from the JPL,…
Shooting a robot millions of miles from Earth and landing it on another planet is incredibly impressive and all, but it wasn't a just an aeronautical physics experiment. We went there to collect data. Now we've got some: the first color images from Mars Curiosity.
You overslept, burnt your breakfast, spilt coffee down your shirt, and stumbled into work looking a wreck—a bit like every other Monday morning, just ten times worse. But that's OK, because you have an excuse: last night, you were watching history being made.
Ben Thoma is one of the crucial people in the Mars Science Laboratory mission. He has this mind blowing thought to share with you:
The best way to figure out what something's made of? Vaporize it. With a laser. That's NASA's philosophy, anyway, in the form of a high-energy laser system that's going to be mounted on the next Mars rover. PEWPEW.