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Message 1344158 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 19:49:50 UTC

NASA Puts Mars Rover Curiosity on Standby After Solar Flare
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Message 1344477 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 10:06:16 UTC

Just to clarify. Each of the 2 Curiosity computers has a 200 MHz Power PC 250, 256 MB RAM, 200 KB EEPROM, 2 GB Solid State Disk. Much less than any Tablet here on the Earth. But Curiosity has no solar photovoltaic panels, and a nuclear plutonium based power supply. On the other hand, the Sun radiation at Mars is much less than here on the Earth or in a low Earth orbit.
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Message 1344491 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 10:21:08 UTC

Inside the Mars Curiosity Rover is basically an Apple G3 (PowerPC) computer with 256MB of DRAM, and 2GB of flash storage (see ExtremeTech for details). Note that this cpu is about 1/4 the speed of an iPhone half the RAM (512MB) and much less than the 64GB of storage memory. Oh, and the software? Some of it is available on the NASA GitHub.

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Message 1344841 - Posted: 10 Mar 2013, 7:28:27 UTC - in response to Message 1344491.

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 12, to discuss the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars.

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Message 1345933 - Posted: 12 Mar 2013, 22:27:44 UTC - in response to Message 1344841.


Ancient Mars could have supported primitive life, NASA says

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Message 1345943 - Posted: 12 Mar 2013, 22:46:05 UTC

Fascinating news :-)

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Message 1346057 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 8:01:54 UTC

I always thought that might have been the case. Mars used to be a lot warmer and there used to be water over there...
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Message 1346120 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 11:52:00 UTC

A lot of people still believe that as the sun and the solar system cools down from it's formation 4.6 billion years ago, Venus is like Earth was, and Mars is like earth will be. Makes some sort of sense to me, it's just whether man himself causes the decline or time does .....

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Message 1346130 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 12:13:18 UTC

Probably man himself...
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Message 1346148 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 12:52:49 UTC

Sadly I agree ....

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Message 1348497 - Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 14:50:20 UTC

Curiosity just gets better and better ....

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Message 1348500 - Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 15:04:40 UTC

It is again in safe mode due to a software problem. It should get back active soon, before Mars lines with the Sun, making communications difficult.
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Message 1348567 - Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 20:06:47 UTC

http://www.space.com/20273-curiosity-mars-rover-safe-mode.html?cmpid=514630
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Message 1365977 - Posted: 9 May 2013, 7:18:52 UTC

Mars Rover Curiosity Gears Up for Epic Drive and Drilling
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Message 1367392 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 6:08:54 UTC - in response to Message 1365977.


NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars



This map shows the location of "Cumberland," the second rock-drilling target for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, in relation to the rover's first drilling target, "John Klein," within the southwestern lobe of a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona



PASADENA, Calif. -- The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days.

"Cumberland", has some erosion.

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Message 1367578 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:23:09 UTC

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Message 1367752 - Posted: 14 May 2013, 6:07:59 UTC

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Message 1367758 - Posted: 14 May 2013, 6:46:25 UTC

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Message 1370471 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 6:21:24 UTC - in response to Message 1367758.


NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target


PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."

Plans call for delivering portions of the sample in coming days to laboratory instruments inside the rover. This is only the second time that a sample has been collected from inside a rock on Mars. The first was Curiosity's drilling at a target called "John Klein" three months ago. Cumberland resembles John Klein and lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) farther west. Both are within a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay."


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled into this rock target, "Cumberland," during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (May 19, 2013) and collected a powdered sample of material from the rock's interior. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS


There were two mars movies made. One of them had bugs come out to make oxygen.
(Sorry can't remember the movie. I want to see bugs, and the face on mars. This rock stuff is getting old.

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Message 1370492 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 7:03:49 UTC

Me too Lynn . Is the rover close to the face of Mars do you know ? Or to far away for it to go there .
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