back to article Robot rover Curiosity sets out on first long Mars trip

The Mars-invading laser-toting nuclear-powered space truck Curiosity is off on a 400-metre jaunt to try out its life-hunting drill. Soil clinging to Curiosity's wheels These boots were made for walking NASA's rover is trundling eastward and completed a 16-metre jolly on Tuesday that was longer than its first two excursions …

COMMENTS

This topic is closed for new posts.
Coat

I am still waiting for the news that the rover got stuck in a ditch, discovered proof of life, and nobody knows who got it there in the first place because of a massive equipment failure.

Mine's the one with the Master's from MIT in the pocket, but no Doctorate.

14
1
Silver badge

Downvoter is ...

... Barry Kripke

4
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: Downvoter is ...

You mean, Bawwy Kwipke?

1
0
JDX
Gold badge

Why so slow?

They've literally the whole planet. why trundle a few metres and stop for several days rather than cover some serious ground? Surely 16 or 50m away is going to be pretty similar to where it is already.

3
5
Facepalm

Re: Why so slow?

Because if you happen to twat into a rock and bend something, it's a bit difficult to send a bloke up there with a screwdriver.

8
1

Re: Why so slow?

They chose Gale Crater as a landing site to avoid this. The area around Mount Sharp is believed to show a good sample of Mars geology from the last two billion years with the added bonus of having the whole thing covered by water at some point in mars' history.

They did this also with the Apollo landing sites, it's important to maximize the science gains in the shortest time possible as equipment failure or accident could be lurking just around the corner.

2
0

Re: Why so slow?

Because the mighty nuclear power plant produces a whole 100W of power, so it isn't rushing anywhere. And the rocket blast might have uncovered something interesting.

2
0
Silver badge

Re: Why so slow?

"Because the mighty nuclear power plant produces a whole 100W of power, so it isn't rushing anywhere. And the rocket blast might have uncovered something interesting."

Precisely, no need to overclock the on-board computer

0
0
Trollface

Re: Why so slow?

Probably waiting for data from the UK rover. Oh... My bad.

0
0

Re: Why so slow?

They're exploring, not commuting.

0
0
Anonymous Coward

Optional Title

I, Quorx of Barsoom for one welcome your trundling robotic overlords.

9
0

So if, and its a big if, it is linked to the world wide web should we now call it the solar system wide web?

and if its not linked to the www forget I said anything.

0
0
jai
Silver badge

so you should be able to contact it at http://ssww.curiosity.mars/ :)

1
0
Silver badge
Coat

Yeah, but the lag is terrible...!

3
0
Anonymous Coward

Looks like it's still trying to figure out how to work the camera.....

.....most of the pictures it's taken so far appear to be of its feet!!

8
1

Re: Looks like it's still trying to figure out how to work the camera.....

So, basically, you're saying that Curiosity is drunk?

That's what has generally happened when you get pictures of feet....

2
0
Devil

Re: Looks like it's still trying to figure out how to work the camera.....

When I'm drunk, it's not feet I take pictures of...

So I'd have nothing to take picture of on Mars then.

0
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: Looks like it's still trying to figure out how to work the camera.....

Either that or Curiosity is a teenage girl.

0
0
Coat

Feet ?!!

I usually manage to avoid feet, it's the fingers over the lens that trip me up (my most profound apologies for the mixed metaphor)....

Henri

0
0

Re: Looks like it's still trying to figure out how to work the camera.....

It does seem to need a better way of taking photos of itself in it's surroundings.

I wonder if micro Quadrotors (with miniature cameras) would work on Mars? Is there enough atmosphere for them? If so - maybe next time!

0
0
Silver badge
Coat

HAH!

"Mars-invading laser-toting nuclear-powered"

You missed "pop-blaring"

Mine's the one with the Master's from ETHZ in the pocket, but no Doctorate.

1
1
Silver badge

Re: HAH!

Yeah, how the heck are we going to find signs of life on Mars if Curiosity keeps sending'em running for cover by blaring horrible pop music at'em?

1
1
Anonymous Coward

Re: HAH!

Hadn't you heard? Brontosaurus are partial to a bit of Willi-am.

0
0
Anonymous Coward

Glenelg - very nice part of this world. Also, its the only (Scottish) place name that i can think of that is a palindrome.

0
0

Nuclear raygun tank on the prowl

<snip>

Nuclear raygun tank on the prowl

The Mars-invading laser-toting nuclear-powered space truck Curiosity

</snip>

Do you think that you could get any more sensational?

come on....that reactor puts out enough energy to light a couple of 60 watt light bulbs. Try keeping things in perspective would you?

1
4
(Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

Re: Nuclear raygun tank on the prowl

Hi, you must be new around here.

C.

11
0
Silver badge
Happy

Hmmm

Is that diode-sign or dio-design?

(enquiring minds need to know)

0
0
MrT
Bronze badge

Re: Hmmm

Designed by Ronnie James Dio. Not sure Primark carry that range...

Still, with that laser maybe there is some connection ...

“They blind your eyes and steal your dreams"...?

0
0
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Nuclear raygun tank on the prowl

Uhmmm... I think maybe you missed the sarcasm, as we Yanks don't do sarcasm very well.

I suspect the Reg headline writers use all caps in some headlines not just as a parody of British tabloid media, but also as a way of indicating sarcasm to Americans.

Perhaps the headline should've read "NUCLEAR RAYGUN TANK on the prowl".

2
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: Nuclear raygun tank on the prowl

Why would you expect different from the sun of the IT world?

1
1
Silver badge

Re: Hmmm

If the former, does I hope it doesn't develop a pain in all the diodes down its left side.

0
0
Silver badge

Re: Try keeping things in perspective would you?

It's a robot on frigging MARS!

Mars!

How's that for a big cup of perspective?

1
0
Silver badge
Pint

"The Mars-invading laser-toting nuclear-powered space truck Curiosity"

Brilliant. That's what I come to El Reg for...

2
0
Happy

OR

Spacetruckinlasertotinnukepoweredrockerbogiedgalerovinlifesensincooltechof....NASA!

0
0
Go

"mobility system"

aka WHEELS.

1
0
Silver badge

Rocker Bogie

I was disappointed that the Rocker Bogie system didn't get a mention.

0
0
Anonymous Coward

Aand in other news

Has anyone done a study into the effects of laser pulses on hypothetical Martian life forms?

Would hate to be the guy who turns up and finds a lot of sand worms with eye patches and white sticks waving lawsuits.

AC/DC

0
0
This topic is closed for new posts.

Forums