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Curiosity has dusted off the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to take new snaps of the red planet's surface. MAHLI is described as being analogous to the small magnifiers geologists like to wear about their necks. NASA describes it thusly: “The self-focusing, roughly 4-centimeter-wide (1.5-inch-wide) camera will take color images …

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Linux

Curosity5 alive!

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Terminator

Thinking more ED "Curiosity" 209 :o)

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Go

You have 14 minutes to comply!

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M.A.R.K. 13

The reddish haze reminds me more of the "M.A.R.K. 13 prototype killer combat droid" from the 1990 film Hardware.

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Life not malfunction!

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Re: M.A.R.K. 13

Being something of (huge) a Nef fan and, occasional aficionado of 2000 ADs ABC warriors... I could not but upvote this post.

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But, NASA fears Curiosity may muddy the waters -- if any water is found

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mars-contaminate-20120910,0,365701.story

FTA:

" For all the hopes NASA has pinned on the rover it deposited on Mars last month, one wish has gone unspoken: Please don't find water.

Scientists don't believe they will. They chose the cold, dry equatorial landing site in Mars' Gale Crater for its geology, not its prospects for harboring water or ice, which exist elsewhere on the planet.

But if by chance the rover Curiosity does find H2O, a controversy that has simmered at NASA for nearly a year will burst into the open. Curiosity's drill bits may be contaminated with Earth microbes. If they are, and if those bits touch water, the organisms could survive.

The possible contamination of the drill bits occurred six months before the rover's launch last Nov. 26. The bits had been sterilized inside a box to be opened only after Curiosity landed on Mars.

But that changed after engineers grew concerned that a rough landing could damage the rover and the drill mechanism. They decided to open the box and mount one bit in the drill as a hedge to ensure success of one of the most promising scientific tools aboard Curiosity. The drill is to bore into rocks looking for clues that life could have existed on the planet. Even if a damaged mechanism couldn't load a drill bit, at least the rover would have one ready to go.

Under the agency's procedures, the box should not have been opened without knowledge of a NASA scientist who is responsible for guarding Mars against contamination from Earth. But Planetary Protection Officer Catharine Conley wasn't consulted.

"They shouldn't have done it without telling me," she said. "It is not responsible for us not to follow our own rules.""

More at the article...

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Re: ... muddy the waters ...

Blame the robot, blame the robot... it's always blame the robot. Make the can-man carry the man's can.

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Re: ... muddy the waters ...

Would you say that the man-can has to carry too many cans for the man? Or that the man SHOULD carry what the man-can can?

And so on...

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Re: ... muddy the waters ...

Oh, the candy man can...

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An Interplanetary First!

...use of the Myspace angle

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Re: An Interplanetary First!

With that colour tone, are you sure it's not Instagram?

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Johnny 5

Is Alive (on Mars with one eye)

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Resolved?

Perhaps Curiosity didn't respond in time so the support ticket was closed automatically. Counts as 'resolved' these days.

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Re: Resolved?

Hmm, you're not a customer of JCI are you? :)

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Terminator

It's looking right at me!

That single unblinking eye!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: It's looking right at me!

The thing I noticed immediately after looking at the 'unblinking eye' was below it. Curiosity actually has a face. You can clearly define, eyes, nose, ears and a mouth on it... Wishful thinking hopes this was intended.

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Re: It's looking right at me!

I think Pareidolia is probably more likely unfortunately.

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Re: It's looking right at me!

Now there's another face on Mars!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: It's looking right at me!

Exactly what I was thinking actually Crisp.

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..."but not all is well on board the nuclear powered tank as recent tests on its arm produced “caution about a temperature reading”. Some tests were postponed as a result of those readings, which were later “resolved” satisfactorily"

So actually, all is well?

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HAL Is your confidence in me fully restored?

BOWMAN Yes, it is, Hal.

HAL Well, that's a relief. You know I have the greatest enthusiasm possible for the mission.

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Is ther e a version of the 'sharper' image

Without the horrible JPEG compression artifacts all over it?

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just pack up and come home, no point prattling about the Mars surface anymore...the Frenchies have just announced "NO LIFE ON MARS'

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Quite the opposite.

Stop messing around with sterilisation and start preparing construction mega-site already!

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Always freaks me.....

..send something halfway across the solar system, and a malfunction (in this case, the arm) appears. They fix it. From here.

If my telly goes on the blink, and I have to get up off my ass from the sofah to give it a bit of 'friendly persuasion' with my fist, it still doesn't fix it....Maybe I need the "NASA-101 Electronics" course...

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The next Mars rover should be called URAS

Untethered

Robotic

Analytic

System

But really because people could legitimately say "Get URAS to Mars"...

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