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Let NASA Dare Mighty Things Again

Andrew Chaikin • August 17, 2012 • 18

In the space Olympics, the U.S. just won gold. So what, in the scheme of things, is the justification for the draconian budget cuts to NASA’s planetary program that threaten scientists’ carefully thought out plans for exploring the solar system in the coming decade?

Sampling Mars, Part 1: The Hardware

Daniel Limonadi • August 16, 2012 • 3

The opening of a multi-part guest blog series by Curiosity systems engineering team lead for the Surface Sampling and Science system. Part 1 explains the robotic arm and the Sample Acquisition, Processing and Handling subsystem.

Some fun with Curiosity MARDI images

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2012 • 9

Yesterday Curiosity returned a pile of full-resolution descent imager photos to Earth. The full-resolution MARDI images are just as great as we anticipated.

Daphnis cruises through the Keeler Gap

Jason Davis • August 16, 2012

A recent series of ring images by the Cassini spacecraft reveal Saturn's tiny moon Daphnis cruising through the Keeler Gap.

See What's NEXT for Humanity

Mat Kaplan • August 16, 2012 • 5

A new monthly series of Southern California Public Radio events begins with a look at how intelligent machines and virtual humans will change what it means to be a real human. Attend or watch the live webcast tonight, Thursday, August 16.

Cosmoquest Astronomy Hour, Wednesday: What's up with Curiosity on Mars, with guest: me!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2012 • 11

I'm hosting this week's Cosmoquest Astronomy Hour, and rather than having a special guest I'll be speaking myself about what's going on with Curiosity, and will leave lots of time to answer people's questions. Join me at 1600 PDT / 2300 UTC at cosmoquest.org/hangouts.

Curiosity sol 9 update

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2012 • 1

An update on Curiosity's status as of sol 9, and a look ahead to the next month or two of commissioning activities.

Video, sound, and timeline of Curiosity's descent

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2012 • 7

A fantastic video produced by Brian Lynch combines the thumbnail images from Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) with the audio from the control room during landing night and a detailed timeline from spaceflight101.com.

Curiosity's Marsdial is on Mars!

Bill Nye • August 14, 2012 • 6

Following the successful landing of the Curiosity rover, it is gratifying indeed to see the third MarsDial© photometric calibration (cal) target on the planet Mars. It is something near and dear to me personally, and it's good for all of us, because it helps us do good science.

Curiosity and the Media: A Response

Casey Dreier • August 14, 2012 • 9

Wherein I address a particular comment on my previous post calling me out for a lazy attack on "the media." I work through what I meant by media and how I think it tends to (unintentionally) misrepresent the relative cost and benefits of space missions.

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