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Message 1312548 - Posted: 8 Dec 2012, 13:05:44 UTC

Good find Julie, thanks.

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Message 1312639 - Posted: 8 Dec 2012, 17:54:20 UTC

You're welcome, Chris:)
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Message 1328186 - Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 6:06:46 UTC - in response to Message 1179376.

Update:


Mars rover Curiosity will use drill for first time






The NASA rover Curiosity is set to use its drill for the first time on Mars in a region where water once possibly flowed, scientists say. Boring into a rock would be one of the 1-ton rover’s most difficult tasks since arriving on the Red Planet Aug. 5.

“This is something that we waited patiently for and accepted risk in driving to this destination,” said mission scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech. “This has been very exciting.”

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Message 1331827 - Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 1:34:49 UTC - in response to Message 1328186.


Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera at Night


PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has for the first time used the camera on its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument.


This image of a Martian rock illuminated by white-light LEDs (light emitting diodes) is part of the first set of nighttime images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS



This image of a Martian rock illuminated by ultraviolet LEDs (light emitting diodes) is part of the first set of nighttime images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Message 1331853 - Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 2:29:47 UTC

Those rocks certainly look as if their edges had been rounded off by
running water, at some time in the past.

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Message 1331860 - Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 2:52:45 UTC - in response to Message 1331853.

Those rocks certainly look as if their edges had been rounded off by
running water, at some time in the past.

I thought exactly the same thing. Thanks for the pics Lynn.
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Message 1331961 - Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 12:37:12 UTC - in response to Message 1184107.

Thanks for the update Chris


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Message 1334252 - Posted: 3 Feb 2013, 13:23:36 UTC

Curiosity hammers ahead :-))

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Message 1334763 - Posted: 5 Feb 2013, 0:28:20 UTC - in response to Message 1334252.

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Curiosity Drills into Pristine Mars Rock




Not content with laser-burning and scrubbing Mars rock, Curiosity has now drilled into a rocky target, exposing the pristine geological bounty inside. This is the first time a robot has carried out a drilling operation on another planet. What’s more, the action of drilling its way into the “John Klein” outcrop has dislodged material near the drill bit (pictured above), exposing a bright vein presumably rich in calcium sulfate.

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Message 1334874 - Posted: 5 Feb 2013, 7:37:18 UTC

Would be great if they were to discover coal below the surface.

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Message 1334896 - Posted: 5 Feb 2013, 10:47:43 UTC

Yep, the buiding blocks of life...
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Message 1334918 - Posted: 5 Feb 2013, 13:34:49 UTC

I bit of roman pottery would be rather interesting .....

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Message 1334930 - Posted: 5 Feb 2013, 14:36:23 UTC

So would a Martian trilobite, preserved in stone.

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Message 1335114 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 7:23:34 UTC - in response to Message 1334918.
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I bit of roman pottery would be rather interesting .....


...would be rather extremely rather-rather interesting if they did, I'd say.
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Message 1335131 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 9:20:38 UTC - in response to Message 1335114.

I bit of roman pottery would be rather interesting .....


...would be rather extremely rather-rather interesting if they did, I'd say.


Nah, now one of the Grumman TBM Avengers from Flight 19 would have them scratching their heads though.
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Message 1336574 - Posted: 10 Feb 2013, 10:00:07 UTC

For those more used to real measurements the hole is about 5/8" dia x 2-1/2" deep.

Drilling

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Message 1336718 - Posted: 10 Feb 2013, 18:19:05 UTC

Here's some more footage on the matter
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Message 1342677 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 14:51:14 UTC

It looks like the Curiosity A computer has a problem related to flash memory. Curiosity has started using the backup B computer. This could be a problem for any computer on the Earth, but difficult to solve on Mars. While a rotating hard disk works even if it has some bad blocks, a solid state disk may become unreadable.
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Message 1342686 - Posted: 3 Mar 2013, 15:24:06 UTC

Curiosity Mars rover confirms first drilled Martian rock sample
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Message 1343506 - Posted: 6 Mar 2013, 18:19:25 UTC

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Recovering from Computer Glitch
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