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Curiosity shoots laser at Coronation rock on Mars

Curiosity shoots laser at Coronation rock on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover got its first chance to fire its ChemCam laser at a rock laying about 2.5 m away from the rover. The rock Curiosity used it to laser on is about 7 cm wide, roughly the size of a tennis ball and has been dubbed Coronation rock. The powerful laser burst from Curiosity vaporized the surface of the rock revealing details of the rocks basic chemistry.

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New Mars photos add to 130 photo Curiosity panorama

New Mars photos add to 130 photo Curiosity panorama

The Curiosity rover sent to the planet Mars earlier this month has been snapping photos since it first set down upon the surface, creating now a 130 photo panorama of the crater in which it currently resides. Here we're seeing some surprisingly sharp photos taken with the cameras which we learned about last week, each of them lovely in their own respect. As the Curiosity rover travels through the Gale Crater it will continue to create individual shots as well as a larger panorama - one at first, then more as it moves through its environment.

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President Obama set to congratulate Curiosity team

President Obama set to congratulate Curiosity team

NASA captured the world’s imagination with the successful deployment of the Curiosity lander on Mars, and now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will call the space agency to congratulate the members of mission control. According to Space.com, the President will call the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California at 11am EST. Numerous scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed and built the Curiosity, striving to keep it active for its two-year mission on the surface of Mars.

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Curiosity Rover gets “brain transplant” to explore on its own

Curiosity Rover gets “brain transplant” to explore on its own

NASA's Curiosity rover is having its "Windows Update" moment, with the Mars exploration vehicle undergoing a huge "brain transplant" this weekend to better equip it for the challenges ahead. The new version of the flight software will installation today, and NASA expects the process to be completed by Monday, tweaking how Curiosity drives as well as how its robotic arm operates.

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NASA’s Curiosity expecting dust storms on surface of Mars soon

NASA’s Curiosity expecting dust storms on surface of Mars soon

The Curiosity rover was sent to Mars to document a lot of different things, but one of the things it will be examining on are the weather patterns on the surface of Mars. Today NASA tells USA Today that it's expecting mostly clear - if not a bit chilly - conditions on the red planet, with NASA scientist Manuel de la Torre saying that Curiosity can expect "balmy, minus-20-degree temperatures" during the day. At night, that already low temperature will plummet, eventually ending up around "minus-200 degrees Fahrenheit."

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Mars Curiosity photo size and cameras explained

Mars Curiosity photo size and cameras explained

If you were wondering why the photos coming back to us from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars were so small, you certainly aren't alone. As Curiosity's camera project's manager Mike Ravine explains to the Digital Photography Review, it's not a matter of being able to put a more high quality camera aboard, it's the data transfer. While your smartphone is capable of transferring gigabytes of memory a day if you really want it to, the Mars mission is limited to 250 megabits per day - that's 31.25 megabytes (MB) and NASA certainly wasn't about to dedicate that whole amount to photographs only.

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New Mars Photos from Curiosity bring 360 color panorama

New Mars Photos from Curiosity bring 360 color panorama

The Curiosity rover sent to Mars this week by NASA has been collecting an ever-growing collection of photos from the Red Planet, the newest being the 360 degree panorama you see before you. This photo was taken with the vehicle's highest-resolution navigation camera and is color-accurate to an unknown degree. We're currently in the process of prodding NASA for their deep cover information on the cameras outside of what we already know - James Cameron is onboard!

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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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