Posts Tagged ‘Mars’

Martian Anniversary Selfie (NASA)

Explanation: June 24th marked the first full Martian year of the Curiosity Rover’s exploration of the surface of the Red Planet. That’s 687 Earth days or 669 sols since its landing on August 5, 2012. To celebrate, consider this self-portrait of the car-sized robot posing next to a rocky outcrop dubbed Windjana, its recent drilling and sampling site.


The mosaicked selfie was constructed with frames taken this April and May using the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), intended for close-up work and mounted at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. The MAHLI frames used exclude sections that show the arm itself and so MAHLI and the robotic arm are not seen. Famous for panoramic views, the rover’s Mastcam is visible though, on top of the tall mast staring toward the left and down at the drill hole.


Thanks, as always, to NASA and their amazing site, Astronomy Picture of the Day!



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This summer is really hopping in terms of scientific research and discovery!!

From lab-grown burgers (talk about Frankenfood!) to lab-grown teeth to lab-grown ears… so far, this summer is tough to beat when it comes to uncovering scientific secrets! And it’s just the beginning of August!

july-aug-in-science(A tip of the yarmulke to Hashem AL-ghaili!)

Stem cells are front and centre. And a 33 brand new ant species join the League of Extraordinary Insects!

And a happy first anniversary to the Mars Curiosity Rover!

Well done, geeks and nerdlings!!


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