NASA Curiosity Rover's Year On Mars: 5 Breakthroughs
Look at some of the Mars rover's achievements, as NASA celebrates Curiosity's first anniversary on the Red Planet.
3 of 6
Curiosity snapped its first image of Mars, a wide-angle shot of rocky ground, just minutes after landing. Scientists expressed surprise that the scene showed "rather uniform grain size of the coarser particles." And so the journey began. Curiosity has since been using its 17 onboard cameras to take images of the Red Planet. In September 2012, the rover's mast camera captured evidence of a stream that once ran across the north rim of Gale Crater and the base of Mount Sharp, located inside the crater (pictured). It was the first such evidence of water on Mars, NASA said. The rover also has been taking high-resolution color portraits of itself using the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), in addition to panoramas of the planet's surface.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?