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Curiosity back roving Mars in days after “straightforward” fix says NASA

Curiosity back roving Mars in days after “straightforward” fix says NASA

NASA expects to have the Curiosity rover back up and exploring Mars "in a few days" time the space agency has announced, with the fix for the unexpected downtime "very straightforward" according to the mission lead. A software error was blamed for the rover being put into automatic fault-protection mode - freezing all activity - when a file was artificially inflated in size and thus failed a software check.

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Curiosity rover bores into Mars for the first time

Curiosity rover bores into Mars for the first time

NASA's Curiosity rover, which is currently putzing its way around Mars, has just drilled its way into Martian soil for the first time, making a perfectly cylindrical hole on the surface of the Red Planet. The hole is approximately 0.8-inches deep and about 0.6-inches across. From the photo below, the hole looks much bigger, but it seems NASA only need just a slight sample of the planet's dirt.

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Here’s Curiosity’s New Year message from Mars

Here’s Curiosity’s New Year message from Mars

Considering how far away Mars rover Curiosity is - and how busy it is chewing through rock samples - we're guessing the exploring robot had a little help from NASA putting together its New Year greeting for Times Square last night. Teased in the final hours of 2012, the clip was beamed up to the huge Toshiba screens above the crowds as part of the tech company's official sponsorship of the New Year celebrations.

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover will deliver a “special message” in Times Square tonight

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover will deliver a “special message” in Times Square tonight

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.

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Curiosity snaps images of space from surface of Mars

Curiosity snaps images of space from surface of Mars

The hubbub surrounding the Curiosity rover seems to have died down a bit in recent weeks, but it's reminding us today that it's still working away on the surface of Mars with a set of new images. Most of the pictures are of the surface itself, but for two of the shots, Curiosity turned its lens toward the sky. If you've ever wondered what space looks like from the surface of Mars, wonder no longer.

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Curiosity drill flaw could self-destruct Mars rover’s electronics

Curiosity drill flaw could self-destruct Mars rover’s electronics

NASA's Curiosity rover could destroy its own electronics systems when it begins using its percussive drill to mine Mars rock samples, the space agency has admitted, a known flaw since before the robot explorer even took off from Earth. The late discovery of a prone-to-failure bond in the drilling mechanism forced the Jet Propulsion Team responsible for the rover to implement a potential workaround, after realizing that should the bond break, an electrical short could zap all of Curiosity's computer systems.

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