• NASA is using a 1909 penny to learn more about seasons on Mars

    5 days ago - By TheBoyGeniusReport

    NASA's Curiosity rover is a powerful machine with some impressive capabilities when it comes to analyzing material samples, drilling into Martian rocks, and snapping images of the planet's surface. Despite all that, an incredibly low-tech feature on the rover is helping NASA understand Mars' seasons and, in particular, how hard the wind blows.
    The planet-wide dust storm that dominated Mars this year caked everything in a layer of dust, but it was followed by the planet's windiest season. Now, new images from Curiosity's calibration test show just how hard that wind is blowing, and it's all...
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  • Curiosity's Newly Dust-Free Penny Shows Strength of Martian Winds

    Curiosity's Newly Dust-Free Penny Shows Strength of Martian Winds

    5 days ago - By ExtremeTech

    We often hear about the dust storms and wind on Mars, but it's hard to visualize conditions on the ground when the planet's only inhabitants are robots. Today, the Curiosity rover has provided a handy visual example of how the wind blows on the red planet.
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