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Yutu stirs after being declared dead!


China’s lunar rover functioning day after being declared dead

The GuardianA day after it was declared dead, China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover communicated with the nation’s space program, state media reported Thursday. 

After a night of extreme cold on the moon, China’s space program reported its first moon rover had lost function. Citing a combination of mechanical issues in addition to the low temperatures, the program reported the rover dead. However, on Thursday, the program said that “it came back to life.” 

It is unclear how much function returned to the rover, but the program said it now believes it is possible to save it. 

Photo: China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover after it landed on the lunar surface. (AP/Xinhua)

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The Opportunity Rover on Mars.


Opportunity Rover tracks on Mars. 

this is so beautiful

The Opportunity Rover on Mars.



Opportunity Rover tracks on Mars. 

this is so beautiful

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The Yutu rovers sad demise.

Yutu Rover





The Yutu rover suffered a mysterious “abnormality” over the weekend. And the robot’s microblogged death note may make you cry.

“The sun has fallen, and the temperature is dropping so quickly…to tell you all a secret, I don’t feel that sad. I was just in my own adventure story - and like every hero, I encountered a small problem.” “Goodnight, Earth,” concluded the rover. “Goodnight, humanity.”

This mysterious abnormality resulted in the rover being unable to enter sleep mode, which would turn on its internal heaters and protect it from the -170 C temperatures of the lunar night. You just read the parting words of a robot freezing to death.


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Happy mission birthday Curiosity!

As of Aug. 5, 2013, the Curiosity Mars rover has spent an whole year on the Red planet. (via Mars Curiosity Rover’s Year On Mars - Business Insider)

RHex in an interesting proof of concept for rovers.


Penn State Creates All-Terrain Walking Robot

Researchers at Penn State are teaching Rhex (short for “robot hexapod”) how to travel across varied terrain by basing its movements in Parkour, an inventive way of propelling yourself from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible by using only your body and your surroundings to move forward.

The robot is unique because its equipped with legs instead of wheels, so researchers are taking their design inspiration from the movements of humans. Rhex can jump, back-flip, and even pull itself up over obstacles that are bigger than the robot itself. 

The Atacama Desert in Chile is the perfect testing ground for rovers destined for Mars.

A rover named Zoe recently traveled the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest place on Earth and a landscape that has much in common with the harsh terrain of Mars. From the unrelenting UV radiation, to the thin, cold air at high altitudes, to the desiccated sand and lava flows, the Atacama is not especially “life-friendly,” but it is a great place to test instruments for future Mars missions. (via Autonomous Rover Drills Underground in the Atacama)

A look at NASAs next Mars Rover.

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Search for Signs of Life

NASA’s next Mars rover should hunt for signs of past Red Planet life and collect samples for eventual return to Earth, a team of mission planners has determined.

The new Mars rover — slated to launch in 2020 — should explore a site that once was habitable, make its own observations and snag material for scientists here on Earth to study in unprecedented detail at some point in the future, according to a new report compiled by the mission’s “science definition team” (SDT).


"The SDT-preferred mission concept employs new in situ scientific instrumentation in order to seek signs of past life (had it been there), select and store a compelling suite of samples in a returnable cache and demonstrate technology for future robotic and human exploration of Mars," states the report, which was released to the public today (July 9).

The 2020 Mars rover will be based heavily on NASA’s Curiosity rover, which touched down last August on a mission to determine if Mars could ever have supported microbial life.

For example, the new robot will use a similar chassis and “sky crane” landing system, NASA officials have said. But the 2020 rover will take the science to a whole new level.

"The 2020 rover as proposed by the Science Definition Team would carry a different and more advanced set of science instruments than Curiosity carries, its drill would extract cores rather than blended powder from rocks and it would collect and package samples for possible future return to Earth," NASA officials wrote today in an FAQ about the SDT’s report.

Just what those instruments will be is unclear at the moment; they will be selected through a competitive process. But the science gear will search for visual, mineralogical and chemical signs of past life if the SDT recommendations are adopted.

"The capability for examining the mineralogic composition of samples at microscopic scale would be unprecedented for a mission to Mars," NASA officials wrote in the FAQ. "The search for potential signs of past life could use assessments of textures, shapes, mineralogy, organic-matter content, and possibly elemental chemistry at the scale of individual grains within a sample."

The rover would also gather and store samples for potential return to Earth by a future mission (the timing and details of which are yet to be determined). Sample-return is viewed by most scientists as the best way to look for signs of Red Planet life.

The new rover’s landing site has not been selected yet, officials said, and its power source similarly has not been confirmed.

Curiosity is powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), which converts the heat generated by radioactive decay into electricity. The 2020 rover may follow suit, but it’s also possible that it could run on solar power, like NASA’s smaller Spirit and Opportunity rovers, which landed on Mars in 2004.

"No final decision on a power source for the 2020 rover would be made until the mission completes a review through the National Environmental Policy Act process, which considers the environmental impacts of launching and conducting the mission," NASA officials wrote in the FAQ.

Curiosity’s mission cost a total of $2.5 billion. The 2020 rover is expected to be significantly cheaper, with a total price tag estimated at around $1.5 billion.

The new 2020 rover mission was announced this past December, and the SDT was formed in January.


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