Reblogged from visual.ly January 26th, 2012 at 5:42 pm 58 notes #MSL #Curiosity #Mars #space #science #infographic
NASA’s new roving vehicle will be able to search for organic substances on Mars and establish if there are signs of Mar’s ability to sustain life. This infographic takes a look at NASA’s new curiosity rover to see how it functions and what some of its key features are.
Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.
There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as the Candle in The Dark (via blua)
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NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from Curiosity.
Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; and a separate image is a smaller cutout of MSL stretched to avoid saturation. The rover is landing on the etched plains just north of the sand dunes that fringe “Mt. Sharp.”
Reblogged from spaceinperspective September 14th, 2012 at 6:29 pm 55 notes #mars #nasa #Curiosity
The Descent of Curiosity
Writer and entrepreneur Bard Canning spent four weeks putting together this video made of all of the still photographs taken by the Curiosity Rover during its descent to Mars on August 6, 2012. The result is stunning.
Reblogged from mars.jpl.nasa.gov September 18th, 2012 at 5:59 pm 26 notes #nasa #mars #curiosity
Mount Sharp is a Martian mountain located in the center of Gale Crater. Curiosity’s year-long mission on Mars is to reach the base of Mount Sharp and climb halfway up, past the area noted here by white dots. Observation has determined significant differences in the soil composition below and above this line, suggesting that the two parts of this mountain were formed in very different ways. How? That’s what Curiosity hopes to investigate.
Above is Mount Sharp as photographed by Curiosity.
[Image via NASA/JPL]