NASA’s Curiosity Rover Took its First Drive on the Surface of Mars
NASA’s Curiosity rover took its first drive on the surface of Mars on 23rd August, 2012. The rover in its first drive moved around six metres from its original landing site. After more tests on its systems, NASA intends to move the Curiosity rover some 400 metres to the south east to continue its exploration of the red planet.
NASA also released images of the tracks left by the rover, to show the success of the mission. The space agency also announced that the original landing site of the Curiosity rover would be named after the late science fiction author Ray Bradbury who died on 5th June, 2012. The site will be known as the Bradbury Landing.
Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on 26th November, 2011 aboard the MSL spacecraft and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on 6th August, 2012. The rover’s goals include investigation of the climate and geology on the red planet. The rover would also explore if the Mars was ever hospitable to life. Besides it will also investigate the role of water and planetary habitability, and preparing for human exploration.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Curiosity rover has captured a strange white light dancing across the horizon of Mars and four blobs hovering in the sky.
While it is certainly a subject of curiosity, NASA and photography experts insist they are nothing more than blemishes on the images, picked up by the camera lens sitting on the rover at a distance of 350 million miles.
NASA has not commented on any of the sightings so far, but alien hunters have suggested that these are alien ships monitoring humans’ baby steps into the universe, the Daily Mail reported.
You Tube user Stephen Hannard ADGUK, part of a group called Alien Disclosure UK, spotted the anomalies on the images, publicly available on the US space agency’s website, and applied a series of filters to try and shed light on the mystery.
“Four objects caught by Curiosity were very difficult to make out on the original image, so I have used a few filters to highlight,” the paper quoted him as saying, referring to the four pinpoints of light pictured in the skies of Mars.
“What are these four objects? UFOs, dust particles, or something else? As always you decide,” the user said.
According to the Huffington Post, video analyst Marc Dantonio, who has worked on projects for the US government, said these were simply ‘dead pixels’ in the image – a regular problem in the realm of graphics. Another video appears to show an object rising from the horizon, followed shortly afterwards by another small object.
Curiosity, a six – heeled vehicle the size of a compact car, landed inside a vast, ancient, impact crater near the Mars’ equator on August 6 after an eight – month, 570 – million – km voyage through space.
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