Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Latest News From MSL Curiosity

The Landing of the Mars rover  Curiosity was a monumental moment in Human History. Here's some of the footage from Curiosity along with the newest images and the latest "voicemail" transmission.

This is the Curiosity Mars Rover descent footage interpolated from ~4 frames per second to 25 frames per second. It is playing back in real time. CHECK IT OUT BELOW and witness a piece of freaking HISTORY.

Curiosity started off the week with two big updates. The first a few stunning new images of the martian landscape and then its first human voice. 

On Monday NASA announced that the words of Charles Bolden, were successfully sent to Mars and radioed back. According to NASA. Bolden said...

“The knowledge we hope to gain from our observation and analysis of Gale Crater will tell us much about the possibility of life on Mars as well as the past and future possibilities for our own planet. Curiosity will bring benefits to Earth and inspire a new generation of scientists and explorers, as it prepares the way for a human mission in the not too distant future,” 

Listen to the “interplanetary voicemail”:

The Curiosity Program Executive Dave Lavery called this “another small step is taken in extending human presence beyond Earth.”

“As Curiosity continues its mission, we hope these words will be an inspiration to someone alive today who will become the first to stand upon the surface of Mars. And like the great Neil Armstrong, they will speak aloud of that next giant leap in human exploration,” Lavery continued in NASA’s announcement.

Curiosity took these new images with its 100-millimeter telephoto lens & its 34-millimeter wide angle lens, showing the Martian landscape.

“This is an area on Mount Sharp where Curiosity will go,” Mastcam Principal Investigator Michael Malin, of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, said in a statement. “Those layers are our ultimate objective. The dark dune field is between us and those layers. In front of the dark sand you see redder sand, with a different composition suggested by its different color. The rocks in the foreground show diversity — some rounded, some angular, with different histories. This is a very rich geological site to look at and eventually to drive through.”

CNET reports Project Scientist John Grotzinger explains that the layers visible in the photo contain hydrated phyllosilicates and sulfates. Minerals that would have formed in the presence of water.

CNET reports Malin saying the photos give viewers a better idea of the scale of the hills and canyons Curiosity will have to tackle. Although Mount Sharp is only about 10 kilometers from Curiosity now, Malin said it would take the rover 100 days to get there as it will be stopping to conduct science along the way.


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