A couple weeks ago, NASA’s Curiosity rover found a tiny shiny metal object on Mars that was assumed to just be a screw or a piece of chaff from the lander. Now, with more shiny particles showing up in the Martian soil, Curiosity has been scooping up these bits and bobs for further analysis, but NASA does seem to think they’re something native to the planet.
While the Curiosity rover was busy scooping soil up on the surface of Mars the other day, it spotted something odd in the otherwise red dirt— a tiny piece of silver metal. Of course, some people are going crazy over this, but NASA says it’s either a small part of the rover that’s fallen off or debris from the lander. YOU BE THE JUDGE.
While roving about the surface of Mars yesterday, NASA’s Curiosity rover took a second to do really important things, like check into Foursquare. Yup, that little roving robot became the first thing to check in to Foursquare from Mars, which means it’s going to become the uncontested Mayor of Gale Crater. Dammit Curiosity, I wanted to the be first Foursquare mayor on Mars.
We’ve shown you a couple different angles of the Mars Curiosity rover landing, but this final video is polished, stitched and tweaked to give you the best possible look at the descent to the red planet. It’s almost like you’re there. Almost.
The image above comes from Curiosity’s 100-millimeter telephoto camera, a cool addition to the rover that gives it better photographic abilities than any other previous Martian rover.
The spot in which NASA perfectly landed the Curiosity rover earlier this month is no longer just a nameless patch of dirt. Yesterday, NASA announced that it had named the spot “Bradbury’s Landing”, after the famed sci-fi author whose Martian Chronicles became one of his most well-known works.
Now that Curiosity has had its first major software upgrade, it’s time to stop sitting around and time to start getting down to business, meaning actually roving across the surface of Mars and performing some science. And by performing science, I mean zapping shit with lasers, specifically Martian rocks that Curiosity is zapping to determine their makeup.
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Today, NASA is uploading a software upgrade to the Curiosity rover that should take several days to complete, but yesterday, Curiosity sent back its first 360 degree panorama, with the base of Mount Sharp visible in the distance. The three mile high mountain sits in the middle of Gale Crater and is one of Curiosity’s targets.
Curiosity isn’t up to full speed yet, and this is only the first of many new images of the Martian surface to come. So it’s not the best photo in the world, and it’s not groundbreaking, but it is great to see photos as they come in, even before they’re stitched together and cleaned up.