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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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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) uses a suite of meteorological instruments to report daily weather from Mars. Here is an example of a weather report by REMS. NASA has reported that of one of the two sets of REMS wind sensors is not providing data, possibly due to a hit during landing. The remaining wind sensor is being used to get wind speed and direction. 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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