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11 Cool Tools NASA Curiosity Brought To Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has a toolbox to make any gadget-lover jealous. Check out our drill-down on the instruments helping determine whether microbial life ever existed on the red planet.
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This data shows the radiation levels measured on Mars by Curiosity's Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD), which functions like a dosimeter to determine radiation from outer space and the sun. NASA scientists will use this information to study how radiation affects habitability for possible microbial life, and potentially, to design shielding needed for human beings on Mars. Image credit: NASA

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10/16/2012 | 6:52:36 AM
re: 11 Cool Tools NASA Curiosity Brought To Mars
Just wait until they send the second rover up to Mars with all the upgrades and changes the discovered form the first trials. With as many cameras as Curiosity has it is sure to monitor some better uses for the tools they currently , plus some new ideas for the next trip and future tools. The capabilities of these cameras is amazing from chemical analyzing to communicating images back to us for our viewing pleasure, so they also work almost like a phone home.This machine is truly state of the art, and although grabbing a rock to analyze might not seem like a big deal, when the rock that was selected was selected due to the Alpha Particle Xray feature, then grabbing rocks becomes pretty interesting topic

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