NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover “Switching Left Brain to Right Brain” –‘Protecting Science Data’

 

 

“We spent the last week checking out Side A and preparing it for the swap,” said Steven Lee of JPL, Curiosity’s deputy project manager. “It’s certainly possible to run the mission on the Side-A computer if we really need to. But our plan is to switch back to Side B as soon as we can fix the problem to utilize its larger memory size.”

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Underground of Ancient Mars –“May Have Been the Largest Habitable Zone on the Planet”

 

“The mission of the 2020 rover is to look for the signs of past life,” said Jack Mustard, a leading expert in Planetary Surfaces and Environments at Brown University. “Areas where you may have remnants of this underground habitable zone—which may have been the largest habitable zone on the planet—seem like a good place to target.”

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NASA: Mars’ Curiosity Rover –“Heading Up Mount Sharp to Its Scientific End Zone”

 

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA’s Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge under umber skies, darkened by a fading global dust storm. Curiosity is poised to drive to its scientific end zone: areas enriched in clay and sulfate minerals higher up Mount Sharp. That ascent is planned for early October.

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NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Halfway to the Red Planet –“The Next Picture We Take Will Be of the Surface of Mars”

 

As of Aug. 20, NASA’s InSight spacecraft had covered 172 million miles (277 million kilometers) since its launch 107 days ago. In another 98 days, it will travel another 129 million miles (208 million kilometers) and touch down in Mars’ Elysium Planitia region, where it will be the first mission to study the Red Planet’s deep interior. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.
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“Opportunity Calling!” –With Mars’ Global Dust Storm Ebbing, NASA’s Rover Will Attempt to ‘Phone Home’

 

 

NASA’s Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover. Now that scientists think the global dust storm is “decaying” — meaning more dust is falling out of the atmosphere than is being raised back into it — skies might soon clear enough for the solar-powered rover to recharge and attempt to “phone home.”

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