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    Mars Rover Curiosity Gears Up for Epic Drive and Drilling

    http://www.space.com/21014-mars-rove...ill-drive.html
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    Rover Travel Distances

    http://www.space.com/79-distances-dr...er-worlds.html

    "Based on wheel rotations Lunokhod 2 was thought to have covered 37 km but Russian scientists have revised that to an estimated distance of about 42 km based on orbital images of the lunar surface.
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    As of June 6, 2013, its journey remained the longest any robotic rover, or any vehicle, that had ever driven on another celestial body; the crewed Apollo 17 Lunar Roving Vehicle travelled 35.75 km, and the still extant robotic Opportunity Rover had travelled 36.61 km on Mars."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunokhod_2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZYWQ8jAP6M
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    Trek to Mount Sharp Begins

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    Curiosity's Path to Mount Sharp

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    Happy New Year’s Day 2014 from Mars – Curiosity Celebrates 500 Sols Spying Towering Mount Sharp Destination

    Today, New Year’s Day 2014, NASA’s Curiosity mega rover celebrates a huge mission milestone – her 500th Martian Day on the Red Planet since the death defying touchdown of August 2012.

    “500 Sols of Mars: While Earth celebrates #NewYear2014, midnight on Mars mark my 500th day of operations,” she tweeted today.

    And she marked the grand occasion by snapping a fabulous new panorama spying towering Mount Sharp – looming dead ahead in her high resolution color cameras.

    Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/107634/...#ixzz2pBxTyIHl


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    Curiosity Marks Milestone Anniversary – 1 Martian Year On Mars!
    http://www.universetoday.com/112771/...s/#more-112771

    http://www.youtube..com/watch?v=SSf1HenQhWs
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    Mars rover facing harshest journey yet

    http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/07...urney-yet.html
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    Reviewers say Curiosity rover 'lacks scientific focus'

    An independent panel of scientists slammed the $2.5 billion Curiosity Mars rover's management team in a report released Wednesday, saying the mission's plan "lacked scientific focus and detail."

    The review board accused the rover's ground team of inadequately using the rover for science and ranked Curiosity's scientific merit near the bottom of a list of missions under consideration for extensions.

    The biennial senior review issues recommendations to NASA on whether the agency should grant funding to continue operating probes beyond their primary missions. The missions up for extensions this year were Curiosity, the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, the Opportunity Mars rover, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Odyssey probe, and U.S. contributions to the European-led Mars Express orbiter at the red planet.

    NASA awarded two-year extensions to all of the missions except Cassini, which was promised three years of funding until it is scheduled for a controlled crash into Saturn in 2017.

    "The senior review committee came back and said unequivocally that these are all extremely important missions," said Jim Green, director of NASA's planetary science division. "They really are a big bang for a buck because they're in place and making great measurements, and we don't have to launch them. They're really cost-effective for the American people."

    But Curiosity, one of NASA's most recognizable science missions, was ranked near the bottom of the senior review report's ratings. Cassini's proposal for a mission extension received the best grade from the senior review.

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    NASA defends mission plan as rover reaches Mount Sharp
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/msl/140911mtsharp/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Racer View Post
    Reviewers say Curiosity rover 'lacks scientific focus'

    An independent panel of scientists slammed the $2.5 billion Curiosity Mars rover's management team in a report released Wednesday, saying the mission's plan "lacked scientific focus and detail."

    The review board accused the rover's ground team of inadequately using the rover for science and ranked Curiosity's scientific merit near the bottom of a list of missions under consideration for extensions.
    I don't know, the very fact that we've sent a robot to explore ANOTHER PLANET 249,000,000 miles away... I think $2.5 billion is a friggin' bargain considering that accomplishment alone.

    Much better than $1,000 billion spent on a useless war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircusEnvy View Post
    I don't know, the very fact that we've sent a robot to explore ANOTHER PLANET 249,000,000 miles away... I think $2.5 billion is a friggin' bargain considering that accomplishment alone.

    Much better than $1,000 billion spent on a useless war.
    Agreed.

    Or the ridiculous amounts of money thrown away by the government on fraud, corruption, and excessive spending.

    For example, one scam alone perpetrated against the IRS is about to cost more than the entire budget of NASA:
    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread....s-to-Disappear
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