How Long Does It Take to Get to Tatooine? [The New Yorker]
"We use much more brainpower on subjects that interest us."
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), aka the Curiosity Rover
is something of a robotic geologist, so it makes sense to include the tools of the trade in some form, including a calibration target
. For giving a sense of scale with smaller geologic features, pennies are often used for scale
, as a common item with a standard dimension. But why is there a 1909 penny on the Rover
? That's thanks to Kenneth Edgett
, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) principal investigator and an amateur coin collector
who appreciates the history of the controversial 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent
The secret at the centre of Peter Molyneux's iOS game, Curiosity, has been revealed.
The winner, Scotland's Bryan Henderson, will be 'God' over Molyneux's next game, Godus.
Peter Molyneux explained that
"You, the person who reached the center, will be the God of all people that are playing Godus. You will intrinsically decide on the rules that the game is played on. "You will share in the success of the product. Every time people spend money on Godus, you will get a small piece of that pie."
the United States sent to Mars found something
. It won't blow your mind
, but it's interesting
if you're into Mars geology
"Curiosity – what’s inside the cube" is the first experiment out of Peter Molyneux-headed game studio 22cans. "Something amazing is hidden in the cube but only one player will be fortunate to discover what it is." You can get crackin' at the cube for free from the iTunes App store
or Google Play
. [more inside]
Amateur astronomer Stuart Atkinson painstakingly stitched together 55 photos to create this stunning self-portrait of Curiosity sitting on Mars
. (Click the picture for the full-size 5400 pixel-wide masterpiece.)
Curiosity has been on Mars for 51 sol-days and today NASA announced
it has found what looks like
a concrete slab made up of rounded stones which is probably
an ancient stream bed
formed by hip-deep fast-moving water over thousands or millions of years. Observers have long hypothesized the canyons and river-like beds photographed from space were carved by water, but only now do researchers have on-the-ground confirmation for the first time.
A wristwatch for NASA's curiosity team.
What do you do when you are supposed to show up for work 39 minutes later than you did the previous day? You commission a special wristwatch to keep you on time.
The Curiosity rover is preparing to use its rock vaporizing laser
for the first time, on a rock labelled as N165. Rock N165 has a twitter account
. People are chatting to it
on Curiosity landing has just started, landing itself is expected two hours later, at 5:31 am UTC/10:31 pm PDT. [more inside]
Coming soon to a red planet near you, it's the Mars Science Laboratory
Monday, August 6 at 05:31 UTC (other times around the world
Curiosity rover is expected to land on Mars in search of conditions suited to
past or present Martian life. Live coverage begins on NASA TV
at 03:30 UTC.
But this mission has been years in the making, so if you have a little catching up to do... [more inside]
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August
. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard.
"We're trimming the distance we'll have to drive after landing by almost half," said Pete Theisinger, Mars Science Laboratory project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "That could get us to the mountain months earlier."
It was possible to adjust landing plans because of increased confidence in precision landing technology aboard the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, which is carrying the Curiosity rover.
In a few weeks, Peter Molyneux (Fable, Black & White) will launch the first of 22 gaming/social media experiments. Curiosity
will have one winner, with DLC available for up to £50,000.
How do you promote a passion for scientific literacy?
Create a video series with lectures from Feynman or Carl Sagan and then add incredible video. [more inside]
Scheduled for November 25th, the Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity Rover
will launch on an 8.5 month journey to Mars
. Upon arrival, it will plummet through the atmosphere in a flying-saucer-like aeroshell
and execute a most unusual landing via skycrane
. Curiosity carries a dizzying array of cameras and sensors
, but more importantly a high powered laser
to teach Mars who is boss, and oh, maybe your name
if you let it.
I Always Wondered.
A light-hearted outlet for curiosity.
A grand allegorical account of the past four decades of human history - or something
, is of interest mostly to those of us over forty, but anybody can use the help of The Amazing Dostoevsky machine
(new and improved!), to get through Crime and Punishment. Great literature not your thing? Try one woman's elusive search for a marketable, filthy domain name
, or check how long you've been on this planet
. I'm up to 20284, and counting ...
It's all part of the quirky (insane?) Bonkworld. There's bound to be something here
to "feast your sense organs"
right now, over me. A Ukranian inventor has created a musical condom. Golly, think of the possibilities!