Rejoice brickheads and space exploration fans! Lego will soon be releasing an official NASA Mars Curiosity Rover set. It will be just like building your very own Curiosity rover, only far less expensive and you won’t have to assemble it in a million dollar clean room.
Curiosity has been living up to its name up there on the red planet, using its eyes and claws to look at Mars in ways we’ve never seen before. And it’s found some unusual stuff, like this metallic looking shiny object poking out of the dirt. ALIENS!
In another outer space tech first, this past week, the Curiosity rover became the first manmade object to drill into the surface of another world when it drilled out a 2.5” deep circle of exposed bedrock on the Martian surface.
Now that Curiosity has seen a couple sights and thoroughly tested out much of its equipment, it’s time to get down to serious business. And that serious business is drilling down into the surface of Mars to see what’s under the hood. And since this will be the first time we’ve ever actually drilled down into a rock on the surface of any planet, this could be a really big deal.
The results from Curiosity’s soil scoops are in, and while it looks like that the red Martian soil is much more chemically diverse than previously thought, there isn’t yet any signs of organic chemistry that could lead to life, though NASA is still hoping.
Well into its fourth month, NASA’s Curiosity rover will be focusing its attention this month on a place called Matijevic Hill, where the robot has stumbled upon strings of small, shiny spherical rock and plastic formations reminiscent of the “blueberry” formations previously discovered, but they also kind of look like left over Mardi Gras beads. Just imagine Mars on Mardi Gras, chock full of three breasted Martian women. Rrawr.