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(The Sun (Ireland))   NASA's Curiosity rover is again yucking it up on Mars by taking selfies and showing off its mad panorama skills   ( thesun.ie) divider line
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2018-02-03 09:22:20 AM  
When will it realise they won't send another until it dies?

It should just stop working for the good of all.
 
2018-02-03 09:23:10 AM  
It is so nice to post before that bloody 'can I go home' image gets posted, again.
 
2018-02-03 09:36:09 AM  
I love that little rover.
 
2018-02-03 09:46:06 AM  
Lets hope the James Webb is as reliable. The deployment requires a HUGE number of steps; all that have to work perfectly, or the telescope will be useless.
 
2018-02-03 10:15:12 AM  
FTA:

"The American space agency also showed off a quirky selfie of the Curiosity, which celebrated its 14th year on Mars this month."

"When Curiosity landed on Mars five years ago, the team's intention was to study lower Mount Sharp..."


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2018-02-03 10:17:34 AM  
"The Curiosity is NASA's longest running rover, and has travelled more than 28 miles since 2004."

No, that would be Opportunity rover. More top-of-the-line reporting from The Sun.
 
2018-02-03 10:22:38 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Lets hope the James Webb is as reliable. The deployment requires a HUGE number of steps; all that have to work perfectly, or the telescope will be useless.


I do have a fair bit of faith in NASA. Remember the Rube Goldberg-esque landing of Curiousity? Aerobraking, followed by rocket braking, followed by a hover,  and finally lowering the Rover with a crane? All on a planet 12 light minutes away from Earth.

When NASA wins,  they win spectacularly.

But yes,  if only they had a perfect batting average...
 
2018-02-03 10:38:47 AM  
What a mess of an article. One would think that this quality of "reporting" would be enough to get one fired as a professional writer, but it is the Sun...
 
2018-02-03 10:53:56 AM  
So, it is true! The sky on Mars is blue! Finally a proof!
 
2018-02-03 11:20:58 AM  
It's amazing that thing is still working properly. 14 years in a shiat environment. Most our of electronics would fail in 6 years just floating around our rooms and pockets.
 
2018-02-03 11:29:25 AM  

Mnemia: What a mess of an article. One would think that this quality of "reporting" would be enough to get one fired as a professional writer, but it is the Sun...


I don't know, I really loved this cheeky little line: "The panorama gives us a glimpse of life on Mars."

ALIENS CONFIRMED.
 
2018-02-03 12:25:27 PM  

Nexzus: Pointy Tail of Satan: Lets hope the James Webb is as reliable. The deployment requires a HUGE number of steps; all that have to work perfectly, or the telescope will be useless.

I do have a fair bit of faith in NASA. Remember the Rube Goldberg-esque landing of Curiousity? Aerobraking, followed by rocket braking, followed by a hover,  and finally lowering the Rover with a crane? All on a planet 12 light minutes away from Earth.

When NASA wins,  they win spectacularly.

But yes,  if only they had a perfect batting average...


It's farking rocket science! Nobody has a perfect score
 
2018-02-03 12:44:33 PM  

Nexzus: Pointy Tail of Satan: Lets hope the James Webb is as reliable. The deployment requires a HUGE number of steps; all that have to work perfectly, or the telescope will be useless.

I do have a fair bit of faith in NASA. Remember the Rube Goldberg-esque landing of Curiousity? Aerobraking, followed by rocket braking, followed by a hover,  and finally lowering the Rover with a crane? All on a planet 12 light minutes away from Earth.

When NASA wins,  they win spectacularly.

But yes,  if only they had a perfect batting average...


As I was explaining, rather forcefully I might add, to the Mountie durning my last visit to British Colombia, I didn't think I really deserved the speeding ticket since even NASA thinks the metric system is stupid and we should be using standard measures.   And are even willing to crash a billion dollar orbiter to prove it.
 
2018-02-03 12:59:23 PM  
The rover took a selfie of itself.
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Oooo and awww... then wonder: how?

/and you will never sleep again.
 
2018-02-03 01:10:18 PM  

Nexzus: Pointy Tail of Satan: Lets hope the James Webb is as reliable. The deployment requires a HUGE number of steps; all that have to work perfectly, or the telescope will be useless.

I do have a fair bit of faith in NASA. Remember the Rube Goldberg-esque landing of Curiousity? Aerobraking, followed by rocket braking, followed by a hover,  and finally lowering the Rover with a crane? All on a planet 12 light minutes away from Earth.

When NASA wins,  they win spectacularly.

But yes,  if only they had a perfect batting average...


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exciting, one way or another...
 
2018-02-03 01:19:10 PM  

real_headhoncho: The rover took a selfie of itself.
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Oooo and awww... then wonder: how?

/and you will never sleep again.


Take selfie with right hand, take selfie with left hand, stitch together.
 
2018-02-03 01:46:12 PM  

styckx: It's amazing that thing is still working properly. 14 years in a shiat environment. Most our of electronics would fail in 6 years just floating around our rooms and pockets.


Because they engineer the rover equipment for ridiculous levels of redundancy and environmental resistance.  They are also hilariously specialized and underpowered as hell because everything goes into survivability.  If I made you a NASA-level smartphone, it would weigh about 8 pounds, be the size of a breadbox, and only be able to receive and send 8-bit-long messages is raw binary (its power cell would also be a minimally-shielded nuclear pile).  Now, it would still work if you spontaneously teleported into outer space or were exposed to Chernobyl's raw core, but lugging it around in your pocket would be problematic.
 
2018-02-03 01:46:45 PM  
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Get your ass to Mesa de Anguila.
Get your ass to Mesa de Anguila
Get your ass to Mesa de Anguila
Get your ass to Mesa de Anguila
Get your ass to Mesa de Anguila
 
2018-02-03 01:56:36 PM  
Hey look, sand.
 
2018-02-03 02:31:09 PM  
Has it found Matt Damon yet?
 
2018-02-03 05:45:23 PM  

Mnemia: What a mess of an article. One would think that this quality of "reporting" would be enough to get one fired as a professional writer, but it is the Sun...


Give 'em a break - it's the *Irish* Sun, so the writers will be more drunk than even regular journalists.
 
2018-02-03 10:44:23 PM  

styckx: It's amazing that thing is still working properly. 14 years in a shiat environment. Most our of electronics would fail in 6 years just floating around our rooms and pockets.


They didn't have to use RoHS Solder.
 
2018-02-03 11:51:19 PM  

real_headhoncho: The rover took a selfie of itself.
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Oooo and awww... then wonder: how?

/and you will never sleep again.


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2018-02-04 12:32:08 PM  
Why are they calling it "The Curiosity"?
 
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