How does NASA remotely drive Mars Curiosity Rover?

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The $2.5 billion dollar, nuclear powered Mars Curiosity Rover is not autonomous.  On Earth, NASA engineers manually drive the robot around the surface of Mars.  If you are picturing a NASA geek, red hand clinched tightly around a joystick, with a ear-to-ear grin – you’d only be partially correct. Driving Curiosity is not done in…

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Jupiter may have just taken a hit for us

Two separate sightings on Monday indicate something big happened on Jupiter. Two astronomers reported seeing a bright flash on the surface of Jupiter on Monday at 6:35 AM CDT. One astronomer, George Hall from Dallas, recorded the event which set the astronomer community abuzz.

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Mars Curiosity Rover leaves tracks visible from space

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Curiosity Rover has certainly left its mark on the planet Mars.  Photos taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have been released showing the tire tracks left by Curiosity on the planet’s surface.  The bluish color spots are where Curiosity landed (named Bradbury landing after famous science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury) blowing Mars dust away from…

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Strange star discovered that is not aging normally

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Scientists have discovered a strange star that is not aging normally and seems to remain every youthful.  In the picture below, the glowing cluster of stars in the center (known as the “globular cluster”) are all stars that astronomers think formed in the universe’s distant past.  Astronomers can determine a star’s age by the presence…

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Curiosity sending back telescopic images of nearby Mars features

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As part of the Mars Science Lab Mission (MSL), Curiosity is now sending back telescopic images from Mars.  This image is from a test series used to characterize the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover.  It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012, and looks south-southwest from the rover’s landing site.  The 100-millimeter Mastcam has…

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