Mars

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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Obama sends NASA praise and promises continued support

Obama sends NASA praise and promises continued support

This week President Barack Obama made a call from Air Force One to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California which not only praised their excellent work on the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, but promised them continued support as well. This call made it clear that, as Obama noted, NASA's "incredible success" was just that, and deserving of the highest of praises. "It's really mind-boggling what you've been able to accomplish, and being able to get that whole landing sequence to work the way you did is a testimony to your team."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

Welcome to Friday everyone. The weekend is here is last, and what better way to kick it off than with a giveaway? We've teamed up with NVIDIA to hand out three 16GB Google Nexus 7 tablets, so be sure to enter (but read the rules before you do!). Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent trial gave us a glimpse at sales numbers for both companies today, and we also found out that Apple is looking for a whopping $2.45 billion from Samsung. Even though Google has remained publicly silent about this whole suit, it turns out that it has been providing support for Samsung behind the scenes during the trial.

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Humans on Mars in 12 years says Elon Musk

Humans on Mars in 12 years says Elon Musk

Right after the folks at NASA successfully landed their Curiosity rover on the red planet, entrepeneur and real-life Tony Stark made it clear that he'll be there between 12 and 15 years from now. "We know it's possible to get there," he said, "You would be moving to Mars, so a round trip ticket, it has to be no more than half a million dollars, so roughly, a middle-class house in California, and at this point, I would say, I know it's possible." He let it be known via Nightline that he was confident "at this point" that it could be done, that people would be living on Mars sometime in the future, and that it's our "life raft" for the future of the species.

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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 8, 2012

We've officially reached the middle of the week, folks - only two more days to go and then the weekend is here once again. Today we didn't have too many stories about the ongoing trial between Apple and Samsung, but what we did get was huge. A rather damning 132-page report surfaced in court today, which shows Samsung attempting to differentiate the original Galaxy S from the iPhone specifically, and we looked at the difference between competitive analysis and flat out copying as a result of the report. On the lighter side of things, Conan O' Brien had a bit of fun with the trial on last night's show, so be sure to give that a look.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. Apple and Samsung's patent suit is still going on, but today we didn't get too much news about it. Samsung said that the high return rates of the Galaxy Tab had to with the devices malfunctioning, and not because customers were confusing it for the iPad like Apple claimed Apple's expert witness, Peter Bressler, said today that the iPhone brought on a "crisis of design" over at Samsung headquarters, and we found out just how much Mr. Bressler is getting paid to sit on the stand and testify for Apple. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of money, and now we're on the lookout for "expert witness" job openings.

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