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Curiosity celebrates first birthday on Mars

Posted on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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The rover celebrated one year on the Red Planet with a lonely rendition of 'Happy Birthday to Me'.

Since it's harrowing descent 12 months ago, Curiosity has trundled across the Martian surface taking photographs, collecting samples and recording measurements. Having already succeeded in its primary mission to determine if Mars could have once supported life, the future is bright for the rover and it is hoped that it will continue to operate for many years to come.

"Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5th, 2012," said electrical engineer Florence Tan. "It was born on Mars that day, and so we consider that day as its birthday."

"To celebrate the one year anniversary of landing on the surface of red planet, Nasa engineers managed to coax a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday To You’ out of the 2,000lb Curiosity rover."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ShadowSot on 6 August, 2013, 8:14
http://www.space.com/16265-7-minutes-of-terror-curiosity-rover-s-risky-mars-landing-video.html
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 August, 2013, 8:34
ShadowSot, It would be nice if you would put a deion with your links, then I would have known it was the Seven Minutes of Terror video which is has already been posted numerous times.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ShadowSot on 6 August, 2013, 8:42
ShadowSot, It would be nice if you would put a deion with your links, then I would have known it was the Seven Minutes of Terror video which is has already been posted numerous times. Blarg, I accidentally deleted the deion when I posted the link, my apologies. I just figured a birthday thread for Curioisty would be amiss without the seven minutes of terror. I still get a rush from seeing the video.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 6 August, 2013, 18:10
I think it would have been fun if the rover was outfitted with a speaker. "Hello, is anyone out there?" "Happy birthday(anniversary) to me, happy birthday to me..." And then with a NASA/JPL public participation program that would have selected voice messages blasted across the terrain, as time permits. EDIT: Of course no-one would hear it on Mars, but it would be fun anyway.
Comment icon #5 Posted by thewild on 6 August, 2013, 19:49
awwwwww! Poor lonely lil robot rover!
Comment icon #6 Posted by dibatag on 6 August, 2013, 22:31
How far s it travelled across the surface of Mars in 12months
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 August, 2013, 22:37
How far s it travelled across the surface of Mars in 12months About 1 mile.


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