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Curiosity's drill back in action, and what happened at HI-SEAS VI?

Curiosity's drill developed a problem in December 2016, when a faulty motor prevented its drill bit f
Curiosity's drill back in action, and what happened at HI-SEAS VI?
By Joost Schuur • Issue #3 • View online
Curiosity’s drill developed a problem in December 2016, when a faulty motor prevented its drill bit from extending and retracting between its stabilizing fingers. Since then, NASA have come up with a new drilling technique, which has now been tested successfully on Mars, after being trialed on its testbed rover twin back on Earth.
NASA’s next Mars mission, InSight, arrived at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, ahead of its May 2018 launch date. It caught a lift by the 21st Airlift Squadron and could be Mars bound as soon as May 5th.
Meanwhile, at the Red Planet, the veteran Mars Orbiter came out of a ‘precautionary safe mode’, after a glitch that halted its science work nearly two weeks ago.
Initially suspended after an accident involving one of the four crew members, the HI-SEAS VI Mars analog mission on Hawaii was officially cancelled. A call has gone out for a new, fourth member to complete the team again.
PS: Amidst all the NASA Mars news, don’t forget, the Japanese Space agency (JAXA) also has a mission to survey the two Mars moons, Phobos and Deimos, and even return samples back to Earth!

Artist’s impression of Mars four billion years ago, via Antonio Paris
Artist’s impression of Mars four billion years ago, via Antonio Paris
Exploration
NASA InSight Mission to Mars Arrives at Launch Site
NASA Mars Orbiter Comes Out of Precautionary 'Safe Mode'
Updates from the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group
Explore Mars CEO, Chris Carberry interview on Boston Outlook
Explore Mars CEO, Chris Carberry interview on Boston Outlook
Modi must join hands with Musk for a shot at Mars
Suitable landing sites on Mars to start a, science, colony, if you asked a plant
Suitable landing sites on Mars to start a, science, colony, if you asked a plant
How Should We Design Cities On Mars?
There's Only One Way For Humanity to Survive. Go To Mars.
Beautiful Mars
Supremely Sublime Sliding Sand Sheets
Supremely Sublime Sliding Sand Sheets
Mars Anlog
There's a place on Earth eerily similar to Mars, and scientists have confirmed it has life
HI-SEAS Mars mission simulation on Mauna Loa canceled
Science & Tech
Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars
NASA's New Space Telescope Will Investigate Why Mars Lost So Much Water
MARLI and Mars: Measuring Martian Winds
A unique sample: how rocks from Phobos may reveal much about Mars
New battery could power Mars transport
Popular Culture
Space Policy
New exploration roadmap to be topic of space agencies meeting
Misc
Atlas of Curiosity by Philip J. Stooke
New book out in April from planetary scientist Antonio Paris
New book out in April from planetary scientist Antonio Paris
The Mars Society
Wanted: Creative Artists for 2018 Mars Society Poster Contest - Get Involved, Show Us What You've Got! : https://t.co/tZmyrewNdI #2018MarsSocCon #TheMarsSociety
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