NASA Honors Ray Bradbury…on Mars
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on August 23, 2012 under News, Science, Space
Yesterday was a big day for Curiosity; as NASA finally moved the rover...just a little bit. After wiggling its tires on Tuesday, they sent the commands to move the rover forward about 15 feet, turned it and then reversed about 8 feet. It took a while to do, but the movement was successful and now Curiosity can really begin exploring the red planet. But with the rover leaving its landing site, a... more.
Full Color Panoramic Image from Curiosity
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on August 10, 2012 under Pics, Science, Space
It's taken a couple of days, but we now have a full color panorama from Curiosity sitting in Gale Crater on Mars. It was easy to tell from the black & white images that the cameras on this rover were much better than the ones on the previous visitors to Mars, and this color panorama definitely shows off the detail its able to capture. You can view a full resolution version more.
Curiosity – Sol 3 Brings a High Resolution Image
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on August 9, 2012 under Pics, Science, Space
After an uneventful second day on Mars, the Curiosity rover sent home a big gift yesterday. The first high-resolution shot of the Gale Crater that'll be her home for the next 700 days. The image is taken from the navigation camera, and we still don't have a color version yet, but they'll still kicking the tires on the rover and ensuring everything is working correctly. I've seen some people no... more.
Curiosity – Sol 2
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on August 8, 2012 under News, Science, Space
Unfortunately it appears as if Curiosity's second day on the Red Planet appeared uneventful; at least NASA didn't really reveal much. The first day was mostly health checks, but we do know that the mast has been raised as the first color photo from Mars showed up early yesterday. NASA says about 5MB (yes) of data was sent back by the rover on its first day, which was relayed by the two satellites ... more.
Uncensored Image from Curiosity
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on August 7, 2012 under Pics, Science, Space
When Curiosity landed Sunday night, they immediately turned on the hazard cams to get some quick images from the rover. What we didn't see was what the rover really saw, as NASA quickly censored this!... more.
Curiosity – Sol 1
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If you were like us and stayed up late to watch Curiosity land on Mars Sunday night, you were probably waiting to see what its first full day (or Sol 1) brought. Well, the first day was a little uneventful until yesterday evening when they raised the high-gain antenna on the rover, and with it came some new images from the over including a series of images of its descent that NASA was able to asse... more.
Curiosity Activates its Entry, Descent and Landing Timeline Software
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on August 1, 2012 under News, Science, Space
The Mars Science Laboratory, or the Curiosity rover, is getting very close to its Martian destination. Yesterday the rover activated its entry, descent, and landing timeline software and is now under what is basically an autopilot guiding it to landing on Mars. JPL is keeping an eye on the lander to make sure everything goes well, but it's just about reached its destination. Curiosity will land... more.
NASA Made an Xbox 360 Game!
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on July 17, 2012 under Gaming, News, Science, Space
Too bad it's a Kinect game. Available now on Xbox Live Arcade the Mars Lander game is thankfully free as you use your body to maneuver the Curiosity rover to a hopefully safe landing on Mars. This is obviously meant to drum up excitement for the August 5/6 landing of the mobile science lab on the red planet, so one could only hope that the game is actually playable. As I don't own a Kinect ... more.
Ex-CIA Agent on Roswell: ‘My god, it really happened!’
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on July 10, 2012 under News, Science, Space
This week marks the 65th anniversary of the announcement of the Roswell crash. While the actual date of the crash (or crashes, depending on who you believe) fluctuates depending on who's telling the story, it was July 8, 1947 when the famous newspaper proclaimed that a flying saucer was recovered by the US Air Force. In the decades following, skeptics have come to believe that it really was a weat... more.
Carl Sagan’s Papers Donated to the Library of Congress by Seth McFarlane
0 CommentsPosted by Jeremy Conrad on June 28, 2012 under News, Science, Space
How's this for an unbelievably cool surprise? Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane has paid for Carl Sagan's personal papers to be preserved in the Library of Congress for all to benefit from. Apparently there are a lot of papers, as they filled 800 filing cabinet drawers. McFarlane is doing the re... more.