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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby columbia on Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:39 pm

Curiosity could be carrying Earth bacteria, threatening search for Mars life
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... teria-mars
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby viva la ben on Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:51 pm

Thousands of millenia from now life on Mars will be sending probes to earth
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:41 pm

newarenanow wrote:It's still just simply amazing that there is the rover on Mars and it is just rolling around taking pictures. Could be the first time ANYTHING ever has touched that planet.


There have been plenty of probes sent to Mars prior to Curiosity. The first ones landed in the early and mid 70s.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby newarenanow on Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:47 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:
newarenanow wrote:It's still just simply amazing that there is the rover on Mars and it is just rolling around taking pictures. Could be the first time ANYTHING ever has touched that planet.


There have been plenty of probes sent to Mars prior to Curiosity. The first ones landed in the early and mid 70s.


Shut up with your facts.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby newarenanow on Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:48 pm

columbia wrote:Curiosity could be carrying Earth bacteria, threatening search for Mars life
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... teria-mars


This reminds me of the the SImpsons halloween episode where Homer goes back in time to when dinasours were around and sneezes, and every dinasour looks up and then drops dead.

It was like from season 6.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:48 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:
newarenanow wrote:It's still just simply amazing that there is the rover on Mars and it is just rolling around taking pictures. Could be the first time ANYTHING ever has touched that planet.


There have been plenty of probes sent to Mars prior to Curiosity. The first ones landed in the early and mid 70s.

There was a whole movie staring Arnold Schwarzenegger filmed there too.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby eddysnake on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:39 pm

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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby tifosi77 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:13 pm

MARS ROVER FINDS BED OF ANCIENT FLOWING STREAM
Less than two months after touching down inside a giant impact basin near the planet's equator, Curiosity has returned clear evidence of flowing water, scientists told reporters during a conference call Thursday.
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That is kind of a big deal.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby shmenguin on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:16 pm

aliens living in mars' underground oceans....yes please
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby eddysnake on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:49 pm

thats pretty awesome (even though I don't see how they can get that just from looking at it), but how do they know it was water and not lava or something else?

also, how does this rover work? do they have a remote they can control this thing with? whats the delay?
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby viva la ben on Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:20 pm

The distance is so humongous big it takes radio waves a minimum of 10 minutes to travel from earth to mars.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby eddysnake on Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:31 am

Curiosity's onboard weather station, which is called the Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS), has measured air temperatures as high as 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius) in the afternoon. And temperatures have climbed above freezing during more than half of the Martian days, or sols, since REMS was turned on, scientists said.

These measurements are a bit unexpected, since it's still late winter at Gale Crater, the spot 4.5 degrees south of the Martian equator where Curiosity touched down on Aug. 5.

While Curiosity's days are relatively pleasant weather-wise, the same can't be said for the rover's nights. Air temperatures drop dramatically after the sun goes down, plunging as low as minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 70 Celsius) just before dawn, scientists said.


http://www.space.com/17828-mars-weather-curiosity-rover-discovery.html
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby newarenanow on Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:34 am

eddysnake wrote:
Curiosity's onboard weather station, which is called the Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS), has measured air temperatures as high as 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius) in the afternoon. And temperatures have climbed above freezing during more than half of the Martian days, or sols, since REMS was turned on, scientists said.

These measurements are a bit unexpected, since it's still late winter at Gale Crater, the spot 4.5 degrees south of the Martian equator where Curiosity touched down on Aug. 5.

While Curiosity's days are relatively pleasant weather-wise, the same can't be said for the rover's nights. Air temperatures drop dramatically after the sun goes down, plunging as low as minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 70 Celsius) just before dawn, scientists said.


http://www.space.com/17828-mars-weather-curiosity-rover-discovery.html


Global warming?
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby Froggy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:59 am

Totally global warming. And likely caused by the Curiosity rover, since we don't have any records of temperatures being that high before it landed.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby mac5155 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:51 pm

Thats absolutely incredible if you ask me. A 100 degree swing in one rotation.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:46 pm

The Curiousity Rover is checking in from Mars via Foursquare:

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare. This marks the first check-in on another planet. Users on Foursquare can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

"NASA is using Foursquare as a tool to share the rover's new locations while exploring Mars," said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This will help to involve the public with the mission and give them a sense of the rover's travels through Gale Crater."


http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/n ... 21003.html
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:14 pm

eddysnake wrote:thats pretty awesome (even though I don't see how they can get that just from looking at it), but how do they know it was water and not lava or something else?

also, how does this rover work? do they have a remote they can control this thing with? whats the delay?

The type of erosion present in the rock is leaving deposits of sediment that are too large to be carried by wind. The only explanation (that an Earth-centric geologist) can surmise is fluid erosion, which means flowing water.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby eddysnake on Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:07 am

After shooting it with lasers and X-rays, NASA’s Curiosity rover has determined that a rock nicknamed “Jake Matijevic” is of a variety that no other rover has ever spotted on Mars.

Scientists think this rock formed in the interior of Mars when magma moved up through cooler rock. As the magma cooled, elements including nickel, iron, and magnesium crystallized out of it first, leaving behind a material rich in silicon, aluminum, sodium, and potassium, as well as a higher fraction of dissolved water. Though the rock was unusual, the Curiosity team was careful to point out that it was just one isolated sample and not to extrapolate too much about early Martian geology based on it.


http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/curiosity-strange-matijevic/
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby viva la ben on Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:03 pm

Are you saying they discovered rocks on mars? :shock:
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby viva la ben on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:37 am

NPR reporting possible "earthshaking" discovery.

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/20/165513016 ... um-for-now
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby bhaw on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:59 am

My guess would be water? Either that or Megatron. Probably Megatron.
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby mac5155 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:05 am

Could be a crackhead
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby Ossa on Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:15 am

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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby mac5155 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:31 am

In all seriousness I've heard it's probably a new amino acid, which would mean "life" on Mars, right?
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Re: Mars lander Curiosity

Postby blurryhaze312 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:11 am

tifosi77 wrote:MARS ROVER FINDS BED OF ANCIENT FLOWING STREAM
Less than two months after touching down inside a giant impact basin near the planet's equator, Curiosity has returned clear evidence of flowing water, scientists told reporters during a conference call Thursday.
Spoiler:
Image

That is kind of a big deal.


And completely terrifying, considering the current state of the planet.
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