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Curiosity: Mars Or Bust Pt II
# 121 : Friday 27-12-2013 @ 18:08
The above article posits that the Curiosity rover is searching for life on Mars. This is not correct - it is searching for geological evidence that Mars may once have had habitable conditions and has already addressed that question with an affirmative result.
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# 122 : Friday 27-12-2013 @ 18:52
Someone said :
The above article posits that the Curiosity rover is searching for life on Mars. This is not correct - it is searching for geological evidence that Nars may once have had habitable conditions and has already addressed that question with an affirmative result.

What was the result?
# 123 : Friday 27-12-2013 @ 19:14
Someone said :

What was the result?

That Mars indeed once had conditions suitable for life to exist (albeit billions of years ago).
# 124 : Friday 27-12-2013 @ 19:26
But no signs that life existed!
# 125 : Thursday 23-1-2014 @ 22:49
Happy 10th birthday, Opportunity.

The Mars rover Opportunity is still going strong, exploring the Martian surface after a full decade of operations. The rover was only designed to last 90 days and has hugely exceeded its design lifetime. Opportunity is still making important discoveries exploring the Meridiani Planum region of the red planet. The rover has traveled an incredible 39 kilometres (24 miles) across the surface of Mars.

# 126 : Wednesday 17-12-2014 @ 00:36
The Curiosity rover has detected methane gas on Mars, which may be of a possible biological origin. This is significant news. Bear in mind that Curiosity is not designed to detect life, but finding methane is very noteworthy in terms of the search for life on Mars.
# 127 : Wednesday 17-12-2014 @ 01:00
Sounds like there are cows up there
# 128 : Wednesday 17-12-2014 @ 03:46
probably more like germs..... yuck yuck
# 129 : Wednesday 17-12-2014 @ 09:32
Someone said :
Sounds like there are cows up there

I can try some cow telepathy but they might be too far away.
# 130 : Monday 9-3-2015 @ 13:12
NASA’s Curiosity rover resumes operations on Mars as engineers resolve technical problems

NASA’s Curiosity probe has been missing in action since late February when its robotic arm got damaged as it tried to shake a rock-powder sample the rover collected from Martian soils – but just as engineers from Earth try to run diagnostic tests to get to the root of the technical problems assailing the Martian probe, the rover has been reactivate to commence work again.

The Curiosity rover suddenly stopped working since late February – awaiting further instructions from Earth, after its robotic arm failed to function in what scientists believe might be related to its short circuits wiring. This made its scientists to fear that the probe may be unable to fully use its robotic arm again to full capacity, but following diagnostic tests and reactivation, it is believed the rover would work again but with limited action from its affected arm, pending further research and repairs from Earth.

The Mars rover’s team avoided moving the rover from its present position or moving its damaged arm while diagnostic tests were run on it, but it has now been cleared to move and continue work as investigations remain ongoing. The only thing scientists can say for sure at this stage is that the rover’s affected arm won’t be able to drill into very hard rocks, but it can still manage to perform some other secondary efforts related to its mission.

The rover’s Project Manager Jim Erickson of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said the problem facing the rover might be connected with a short in the percussion mechanism of its drill, but this remains to be known for sure. But then, the mission team is trying to determine how to put the rover to better task in the face of the limitation brought about by its damaged drilling arms.

Very soon, Curiosity will be climbing Mount Sharp which stretches some 18,000 feet into the Martian sky.

http://www.dispatchtimes.com/nasas-curiosity-rover-resumes-operat etc ...
# 131 : Wednesday 25-3-2015 @ 16:23
NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates Mars marathon milestone

(CNN)It certainly won't be troubling any earth-based runners' personal bests, but NASA's long-serving Mars rover Opportunity set a significant benchmark Tuesday as it clocked in 26.219 miles (42 kilometers) -- the first-ever Martian marathon.

It might have taken the robot 11 years and two months but it represents a significant landmark for NASA.

"This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world," said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

"A first time happens only once."

It beat out previous record-holder, the Soviet-era Lunokhod 2 moon rover in the distance stakes.

"This mission isn't about setting distance records, of course," said Cornell University's Steve Squyres, the Opportunity mission's principal investigator. "Still, running a marathon on Mars feels pretty cool."

Water discovery
The plucky rover-that-could has long exceeded expectations, arriving on the Red Planet on January 25, 2004, with an "original three-month prime mission."

Within months of beginning its Martian mission, Opportunity had discovered evidence of both running and groundwater on the mostly barren planet.

Opportunity is currently on the rim of the huge Endeavor crater, which it has spent the last four years traversing. It sits now in Marathon Valley, named after the rover's achievement.

Along with its sister rover Curiosity and three Mars orbiters, it will seek to understand more about our nearest planetary neighbor, including "its present and past environment, climate cycles, geology and biological potential," NASA said in a statement.

NASA's previous Martian resident, the Spirit rover, ceased communication with ground control in 2010.

The space agency is also working to develop human spaceflight capabilities for a manned mission to Mars.

The rover team in Pasadena is planning a marathon-length relay run next week to celebrate Opportunity's landmark.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/25/world/opportunity-rover-marathon-mi etc ...
# 132 : Friday 7-8-2015 @ 16:56
Explore Mars with these new NASA simulators

Web applications bring users even closer to the red planet

NASA has released two online applications that bring users closer to the surface of Mars. The first, Mars Trek, compiles 50 years worth of data to create a 3D visualization of the red planet's surface, which you can explore directly from a web browser. NASA is currently using the application to help determine where it could land the next Mars rover in 2020, and will use it to plan a human mission to the planet the following decade.

A second application, Explore Curiosity, puts users behind the wheel of NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012. The simulator lets users "drive" around Mars using manual controls and from multiple camera angles. Both are available online and are compatible with any browser. "We've done a lot of heavy 3-D processing to make Experience Curiosity work in a browser," Kevin Hussey, manager of the Visualization Applications and Development group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement. "Anybody with access to the web can take a journey to Mars."

links etc. = https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/new-online-exploring-tools-bri etc ...

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/7/9115167/nasa-mars-curiosity-simu etc ...
# 133 : Friday 7-8-2015 @ 17:23
The Curiosity Mars rover is beginning its climb of Mount Sharp.

Meanwhile, the incredibly durable Opportunity rover, now operating on the surface of Mars for over 11 years, continues to explore the rim of the huge Endeavour crater and send back beautiful images of the Martian landscape.
# 134 : Friday 7-8-2015 @ 19:37
Amazing to think Opportunity is still going after all these years.
# 135 : Friday 9-10-2015 @ 04:54
The success of the Curiosity rover on Mars has meant that NASA will be sending a very similar type of rover to another location on Mars in 2020. It is expected that this lander mission will cache rock and soil samples for return to Earth for analysis either by a robotic sample return mission or a manned landing mission.

Watch this space. Meanwhile, NASA will send a lander to Mars next year to conduct seismic studies to help determine the interior of Mars (the INSITE mission). Europe is also sending a Mars landing mission in 2016, called EXOMARS.

Currently, there are seven active Mars missions - 2 on the surface and 5 orbiters including one launched by India, a major feat for that country.
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