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    Default Curiosity turned seven last week

    https://www.space.com/nasa-mars-rove...niversary.html

    On the night of Aug. 5, 2012, a rocket-powered sky crane lowered the car-size Curiosity rover onto the floor of Gale Crater on cables, then detached and flew off to crash-land intentionally a safe distance away. When the success of this unprecedented move became apparent, mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, erupted in raucous cheers, which in some cases transitioned to tears of joy and relief.

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    Curiosity has had some memory problems and issues with its rock-boring drill over the years, but the rover remains in good health overall, mission team members have said. And Curiosity could keep going for a while longer yet. The rover's multimission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG), which converts the heat of radioactive decay to electricity, has an operational lifetime of 14 years.

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    Default Re: Curiosity turned seven last week

    Still killing Martian cats.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Default Re: Curiosity turned seven last week

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/new...-after-landing

    NASA's Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity discovered Mars had the conditions to support microbial life in the ancient past, among other things.

    And the rover is far from done, having just drilled its 22nd sample from the Martian surface. It has a few more years before its nuclear power system degrades enough to significantly limit operations. After that, careful budgeting of its power will allow the rover to keep studying the Red Planet.

    Curiosity is now halfway through a region scientists call the "clay-bearing unit" on the side of Mount Sharp, inside of Gale Crater. Billions of years ago, there were streams and lakes within the crater. Water altered the sediment deposited within the lakes, leaving behind lots of clay minerals in the region. That clay signal was first detected from space by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) a few years before Curiosity launched.



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    Default Re: Curiosity turned seven last week

    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Still killing Martian cats.
    I wonder if homosaps will be able to send rockets to Mars in a few hundred years.

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    Default Re: Curiosity turned seven last week

    Well climate change will trim the population somewhat and in the process disturb the status quo considerably. It will likely depend on what the priorities are determined to be, who determines the priorities, and how severe the effects are.

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    Default Re: Curiosity turned seven last week

    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Still killing Martian cats.
    But satisfaction brings them back.
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