0

Dare Mighty Things: It’s Been 2,000 Days Since Humankind Successfully Landed a 2,000lb Rover on Mars! @NASA @NASAJPL @MarsCuriosity

A rover roving around the surface of the planet Mars seems nothing new to us now. Sojourner deployed in 1997 – but it had a mass of only 25lbs. Twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity both arrived in 2004 via bouncy ball deployment – a novel concept at the time for machines that had a mass just above 400lbs. But how to deposit a 1,982lb rover with lots of sensitive equipment required more outside-the-box thinking than even the bouncy ball technique would resolve. The “skycrane maneuver” used to deploy rover Curiosity on the Martian surface is still a bewildering feat of multiple stages of engineering and communication. If you haven’t seen it before here’s the JPL video that shows how this is done:

Curiosity has returned many images of the surface of the planet and made many interesting discoveries along the way:

Simply amazing. Thank you science.

And yes, ‘bots are capable of selfies too:

🙂


Join 4,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Learn “How Computers Work” with Bill Gates, Ladyada and more – From Code.org !

CircuitPython in 2018 – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — What all businesses can learn from the maker movement

Wearables — Don’t be wooden

Electronics — Watch your micro!

Biohacking — Machine Learning Helps to Grok Blood Test Results

Python for Microcontrollers — CircuitPython 3.0.0 Alpha 4 Released!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.