Curiosity has Landed

In what can only be described as an amazing landing the JPL / NASA team, and all their partners pulled it off, and we now have a new Rover “Curiosity” sitting on the planet Mars..

Not only that but the very first images shot through a filter that was protecting the camera lense, was nothing less than a confirmation that the team has just landed a rover as big as a SUV on the Red Planet safely and ready to start collecting science.

I have to say, I was just about jumping out of my chair during the 7 minutes of terror which turned out to be less terror with the continuous stream of data relayed from Odyssey.  Congratulations to the team and we look forward to years of science.

The Mars Phoenix Twitters?

In all the bad press of Twitter lately, here is a good reason to use it. The Mars Phoenix Lander is Twittering. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) set up the account to keep the legions of followers up to date. It not only gives updates but also answers questions about it’s interplanetary soil-digging device.

Of course, you can get all updates on the Phoenix Mars Lander Page but why not set it up into your account and follow the action via the Social IM network?

Avalanche on Mars

Great pics of an avalance on Mars. A satelite got lucky to pick this one up.

Check out the article on MSNBC and the original pics can be found here.

Liquid water on Mars?

NASA announced this afternoon that they have photographs suggesting liquid water on Mars. This comes a day after they announced plans for a Moon base to be built as a step towards going to Mars. {link to NASA article]

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Houston we have a problem!

MarsgrsThe Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) could be in deep trouble. NASA has in essence lost contact with the spacecraft. With the spacecraft having been in orbit for nearly 9 years it has outlived it’s mission expectancy. NASA will be working hard to re-establish contact but sadly the spacecraft could be lost. [New Scientist]

One way Ticket for Mars Rover Opportunity?

OpportunityWell the folks at NASA/JPL are faced with a dilemma, that may spell the demise of the Opportunity Rover. They are trying to determine how they should drive the Rover into the Victoria Crater but they are not necessarily worried about driving out. Thus the Opportunity Rover could very well be on a one way ticket into a crater to collect science. [BBC]

Mars Orbiter returning fasinating data!

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) still in shakedown mode in preparing to start its mission in November is causing scientist to sit back in awe as it is providing the most detailed images along with the most complex compositional reports to date. All systems on the orbiter are working great and everyone is pretty excited about the data that is going to be collected. [NASA/JPL]

Spirit finds sedimentary rocks in Gusev

After two years of waiting Spirit has found sedimentary rocks on Mars. I was carbon copied on a e-mail from a very excited scientist with some pictures attached. I don’t think their has been a public release by JPL yet waiting on permission to post the pictures. But from the excitement in the e-mail this is huge.

Pictures Update: gusev1.jpg and gusev2.jpg