Tag: Curiosity

Ceres and Vesta as Seen From the Curiosity Rover on Mars

Ceres and Vesta as Seen From the Curiosity Rover on Mars

On Thursday, JPL published the above photo with graphic, which depicts the first time the asteroids Vesta and Ceres, or any asteroid for that matter, have been photographed from the surface of the Red Planet. There is an interesting lesson in perspective here, as the release gives a brief mention of the NASA’s truly remarkable […]

Posted in: Asteroids, Mars
NASA Camera Captures Mars Beacon Summoning the Mothership (other explanations may apply)

NASA Camera Captures Mars Beacon Summoning the Mothership (other explanations may apply)

You can add this to the growing list of odd pictures from Mars which are the food of life for conspiracy theorists. NASA News Story: Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays […]

Posted in: Mars
Curiosity Rover Arrives at Kimberly Waypoint for Extended Investigation

Curiosity Rover Arrives at Kimberly Waypoint for Extended Investigation

NASA News Release On Wednesday, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover drove the last 98 feet feet (30 meters) needed to arrive at a site planned since early 2013 as a destination for studying rock clues about ancient environments that may have been favorable for life. The rover reached a vantage point for its cameras to survey […]

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More “InSight”  into Launch Costs

More “InSight” into Launch Costs

On December 19th,  NASA awarded the launch contract for the 2016 Mars Insight Mission to United Launch Alliance,  to be carried out aboard an Atlas V 401, for $160 million.  The award is interesting for a number of reasons. In the first place, ULA does not like to reveal  its launch prices if there  any […]

Playing Hide and Seek with Martian Life

Playing Hide and Seek with Martian Life

Conditions on Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life The announcement yesterday was almost anticlimactic. The components identified in an analysis of Martian rock by the Curiosity rover  indicates that the planet was once capable of supporting life.  Although there has yet to be any evidence of ancient microbial life uncovered, excluding the controversial ALH4001 meteorite found here on Earth, could we […]

Posted in: Mars, NASA
Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

Is the inner solar system one big swimming hole? The discovery of what is by all appearances is a dry stream bed on Mars by the Curiosity rover this week adds to a growing body of evidence that sometime in the distant past, at least portions of the Red Planet once more closely resembled our own blue marble,  somewhat inappropriately […]

Posted in: Asteroids, Mars, Moon, NASA
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