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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Delta Shields On Mars

The Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards won’t be open for at least three hundred years, but it’s nice to see that Mars is getting itself ready. (via Gizmodo)



Conspiracy Nut to NASA, “You Should Have Investigated That Rock Harder for Aliens, I’m Suing You”

In case you didn’t know, about two weeks ago NASA announced that it had found this rock where they hadn’t expected it to be. All of a sudden the thing had just appeared in a location they’d already photographed it conspicuously not being.

No, the answer was not aliens.

NASA eventually concluded that the rock probably was moved there when the Curiosity Rover had done a tight turn 1-2 meters from where the rock is now, and used it as an opportunity to study the effects of being flipped over. That is, to study the effect Mars’ environment has on a native surface that hasn’t been oriented towards the sun and elements for a while.

Now a gentleman who is suing NASA for negligent science, for not coming to the obvious conclusion that that rock is actually a mushroom, and therefore evidence of life on Mars.

Our sister site Geekosystem has spoken with him directly.



So There’s Actually A Lot of Water On Mars

This is not a drill. About 2% of Martian soil is good old-fashioned water.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Preteen Sisters Build Robot Modeled After Mars Rover For New York Hall of Science

Sisters Camille and Genevieve Beatty have been working with their father to build robots since Camille was only 11, so by now the pair can build a better robot than most adults. 13 year old Camille and 11 year old Genevieve have built several working, controllable robots, and they’ve recently unveiled another, very impressive feat of engineering based on the Mars rover Spirit.


What It Says On the Tin

Mars Explorer Barbie Is Real, NASA is Involved

Has NASA decided to celebrate the anniversary of the Mars Curiosity Rover landing by creating a Mars Explorer Barbie? Indeed, it has, and we’re happy to see another toy promoting women in science. Plus, Barbie probably has a better time balancing in Martian gravity, what with her unusual proportions. This adventuresome Barbie also comes with a little cardboard Curiosity Rover, with touches of pink and purple added to it, but it might be better paired with the Hot Wheels Curiosity Rover. Mars Explorer Barbie is the “Career of the Year” Barbie for 2013, and it’s certainly a plus to see a science oriented Barbie take center stage. The more science related and geeky fields Mattel puts Barbie in, the better, even if it’s a bit troubling that she doesn’t have gloves on her space suit. On the other hand, I think Mattel may be onto something with such a brightly colored rover.

(via i09)

Previously in Barbie


It Came From Outer Space

NASA Could Switch From Looking For Support of Life On Mars To Searching For Current “Signs of Life”

A new team of 22 scientists have proposed the next step in the NASA Mars Exploration Program.  The team is suggesting a new rover, which you can see illustrated above, that would be placed on Mars in 2020 and would shift the focus of research on the planet from determining if it can support life to searching for signs of life. The team, headed by John B. McNameeMatthew T. Wallace, Ken Farley, and science definition team chair Jack Mustard, has issued a statement saying that,

Past Martian life seems possible, and we should begin the difficult endeavor of seeking the signs of life.


It Came From Outer Space

Official: LEGO is Making a Mars Curiosity Rover Set

While we’re anxiously awaiting the final decision on a female minifig set from LEGO, we’re happy to report they’ve decided to make a Mars Curiosity rover for us to play with learn from. Originally designed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s mechanical engineer Stephen Pakbaz, the set was supported by folks on the Lego Cuusoo website and finally approved by LEGO. Unfortunately, Pakbaz’s success meant the failure of another LEGO set we were really hoping for – Portal. But they say they are still considering it so don’t drop them into the incinerator just yet.

(via I Heart Chaos)

Previously in LEGO


It Came From Outer Space

Nine Months of Curiosity Roving in One Minute

Karl Sanford on YouTube has done the world a great service: he’s put together all of the pictures from the Curiosity Rovers first nine months in service (has it been nine months already? They grow up so fast… *sniff*) into what’s basically a one minute timelapse of the work the nuclear powered, car-sized robot that we put on Mars.

He also didn’t give it an audio track, which means I have prepared some options for you below the cut. Just hit play.


To Boldly Go

At Least 78,000 Want Off Earth, Sign Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

An application went out two weeks ago from a Dutch non-profit organization called Mars One. They were looking for a few people who want to go to Mars. Forever. They had 78,000 people respond. 


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Superman, Batman, and the Doctor Have a Chat

Ouch. This started out fun and then got really sad. (Nerd Approved)