Will We Ever Send A Man To Mars?
The Curiosity rover grabbed a special self-portrait last week. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (or MAHLI) is situated on the long arm used to gather samples. It turned around and snapped this shot of the mast head (the one that houses the cool laser-eye ChemCam) tinted via its dirty dust-cover.
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Good Data Results from Curiosity’s 500 Laser Shots
Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team, including Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, squeezed in a little extra target practice after zapping the first fist-sized rock that was placed in the laser’s crosshairs. Much to the delight of the scientific team, the laser instrument has fired nearly 500 shots so far that have produced strong, clear data about the composition of the Martian surface.
“The spectrum we have received back from Curiosity is as good as anything we looked at on Earth,” says Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the ChemCam Team. “The entire MSL team was very excited about this and we popped a little champagne.”
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Greeley Haven Mars
This full-circle scene combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. It shows the terrain that surrounded the rover while it was stationary for four months of work during its most recent Martian winter. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.