We've seen a lot of neat photos from Mars thanks to NASA's latest Curiosity rover that's currently putzing its way around the surface of the red planet. The latest imagery that it has sent back is a rather simple, but neat timelapse video of one of Mars' moons rising into the Martian sky.
NASA's Curiosity rover has already reached a few milestones, including being the first ever to check in using Foursquare on another planet. Tonight, however, the Mars rover will make an appearance at tonight's New Year's celebrations in New York City's Time Square, where millions will watch the ball drop. The rover is planning to deliver a "special message" on the big screens.
Welcome back to Mars, ladies and gentlemen, as the NASA Curiosity mission continues its epic journey across the planet's surface with a news note that they have found radiation levels totally safe for human beings. This finding is entirely encouraging for the future of Mars exploration as far as actually sending human beings there goes, and certainly doesn't send a negative mark back on the possibility of us living there someday. Of course if you're a fan of the original Total Recall, you don't care one way or another simply for the safety of your eyeballs, but still.
What you're about to see is a collection of photos taken by NASA and constructed into a video with extremely high definition by a fellow by the name of Daniel Luke Fitch. This guy is a visual effects producer for Altitude-FX that simply did what noone else took the time to do - took all the photographs that NASA's Mars mission had sent back at full resolution while it was landing and turned them into one massive video. The video runs at 15 frames per second, that being just about 3 times the speed of the actual landing according to the space between photos from NASA.
Over the past few weeks we've been prepping for the big day - today - when NASA releases the Curiosity Mars Rover to the red planet with live feeds from all directions. If you're currently tuning in, you'll want to head over to http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl and watch live and direct from NASA. Once you've watched the whole set of events, head back to SlashGear to see our full report on the landing.
In order for you to be prepared for the NASA Curiosity rover mission to Mars that's going to touch down - if all goes according to plan - on August 5th, we've put this simple guide together for you! What you'll find here is a step-by-step showing of how the landing will occur as well as a round-up of some interesting promotions and videos NASA has worked up to make sure the whole world knows about the landing. The NASA Curiosity rover Mars landing livestream video will be popping up tomorrow in the evening - get knowledgeable right now!
NASA's Curiosity rover has begun its journey into space, the centerpiece of the Mars Science Laboratory project. Blasting off at 10:02 am EST from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the $2.5bn rover will take nine months to travel the 354m miles between here and Mars, complete with an array of scientific instruments along with a nuclear battery to power them all.
NASA's rover Curiosity is conducting its scientific work on the surface of Mars as we speak. The rover has been tooling around on the surface of the red planet for a long time now and recently sent back the first data from rock datings that the rover has completed. During the last few days, NASA also updated the operating system for the rover.
This week the NASA folks behind the Curiosity Mars rover mission have published a set of papers which suggest that they're closer than ever to finding habitable environments on the planet. These findings are pre-emptive in finding actual organic materials, and show how life could maybe, possibly have existed on Mars at one time. Basically the scientists on this project have said they're confident that there's a possibility of life at this point without literally saying they've found that life outright.
One of the main goals of putting the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars was to help determine if the planet could've harbored life in the past, or perhaps still has life on its surface or under. Prior to putting Curiosity on the surface of the red planet, measurements taken from Earth and by orbiting satellites and sensors suggested that methane might be present on the surface of Mars.