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Curiosity gets curious: Rover lifts head and looks around Mars

Curiosity gets curious: Rover lifts head and looks around Mars

The gradual unfurling of NASA's Curiosity rover continues, with the head of the Martian explorer 'bot now fully deployed and taking photos, albeit not at final quality. The Rover itself - or its tweeting human representative on Earth - announced the successful erection with a new photo from one of the Navcams mounted on the head, which will eventually be used to snap 3D imagery for navigation and control. However, there's far more pixels incoming.

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Curiosity Rover has big plans for today

Curiosity Rover has big plans for today

Curiosity has officially begun its second full day on the surface of Mars. The massive $2.5 billion rover touched down on the surface of Mars on August 5. So far, curiosity has sent back images during its descent to the surface of Mars and of its new home base inside Gale Crater. Today Curiosity has a busy day filled with getting ready to start roving around on the surface of Mars in the coming weeks.

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NASA’s Curiosity beams back 3D photos of Mars

NASA’s Curiosity beams back 3D photos of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover continues to send back images from Mars, including 3D shots that show the intimidating terrain, as the robotic explorer continues to ramp up to full functionality. The new photos use the multiple Hazcam cameras mounted at Curiosity's extremities, pairing multiple fames to give a red/blue anaglyph 3D shot; meanwhile, NASA has also released a video that shows exactly where the landing site fits into the overall context of Mars.

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NASA reveals Curiosity descent video and new Mars photos

NASA reveals Curiosity descent video and new Mars photos

NASA has released new photos of the surface of Mars as well as video of Curiosity's dramatic landing on the Martian surface, as the rover begins its long mission to explore for evidence of life. The video, pieced together from a photo sequence captured by the Hazcam cameras used for guidance and navigation, shows some of dusty descent from Curiosity's point-of-view, while the new gallery of stills helps confirm where, exactly, on the topography of Mars the rover has arrived.

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Curiosity landing photo from NASA’s Mars Orbiter revealed

Curiosity landing photo from NASA’s Mars Orbiter revealed

The first photo of the Curiosity lander making its final journey through the Martian atmosphere has emerged, a rare image of the huge parachute used to slow the Skycrane and its expensive cargo. The picture was captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and though low-resolution clearly shows the dangling cradle beneath the 16m wide "supersonic parachute" that slowed it from around 578 m/s to 100 m/s.

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Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

NASA's Curiosity rover may not look like an urban menace, but the robot explorer will in fact be steadily tagging the Martian surface as it trundles, leaving a name-check of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory back home. The clandestine graffiti is thanks to part of the rover's visual odometry system, John Graham-Cumming points out, which tracks the marks left by a series of asymmetrically arranged holes in the wheels. The position of those holes, however, isn't random: in fact, it's Morse Code.

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NASA Curiosity landing video: Relive the peanuts moment

NASA Curiosity landing video: Relive the peanuts moment

NASA's Curiosity rover may be getting to grips with its new home, but if you didn't stay up (or get up) to watch the momentous "Seven Minutes of Terror" landing then here's the video you need to see. The culmination of a 39-week journey from Earth to Mars, the descent was completely programmed as, thanks to time-delays of around fourteen minutes between NASA control and the Curiosity lander and Skycrane itself, there was no way it could be actively remote controlled. Cue several nail-biting minutes as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory stayed glued to its telemetrics.

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NASA Curiosity sends back more detailed view of Mars

NASA Curiosity sends back more detailed view of Mars

Curiosity's main cameras may not be due to come online until they've unfurled later this week, but the Mars rover is already beaming back better shots now that it has whipped off the dust protection. The first batch of photos from the freshly-landed rover were fuzzy - thanks to a combination of dust whirls from the Skycrane lander and the protective covers on the cameras themselves - but as things settle and Curiosity whirs into life, the images are getting a lot clearer.

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NASA’s Curiosity is biggest Mars mission yet (in more ways than one)

NASA’s Curiosity is biggest Mars mission yet (in more ways than one)

Safely landed on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover dwarfs its robot predecessors by a factor of 2:1, though we'll need to wait for it to take off its lenscap before we get a proper look at the Martian surface. Measuring 3m long, the six-wheeled Curiosity is double the size of the previous Exploration rovers and uses its heft to carry fifteen times heftier instruments with which it will check for evidence of life on the red planet.

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