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That's in our wheelhouse Hear about how NASA engineers are redesigning wheels for the next Mars Rover mission in 2020

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No use grousing about it now For the first time two of the cleats, or "grousers", on Curiosity's left middle wheel have been broken. But we still look forward to many more kilometers of driving ahead!
As our Curiosity rover climbs to sequentially higher and younger layers of Mount Sharp to investigate how the region's ancient climate changed, a routine check of the aluminum wheels has found two small breaks on the rover’s left middle wheel—the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2nb3FOg
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Get your tickets early! JPL's Open House has been revamped, now you will need to get tickets in advance.

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No, I'm from California, I only work in outer space

Awesome talk by Curiosity Mission Manager +Nagin Cox about living on Martian time!

Days are about 40 minutes longer on Mars, and Nagin does a great job explaining how that complicates life for poor Earthlings who have to work on Mars Time. Since each day starts 40 minutes later than the last, over the course of a month your work start time covers a full 24 hour period: 08:00 one week, afternoon the next week, evening the next, and finally midnight the last week.

Watch the talk for Nagin's experiences! As for me, I really enjoyed living and working on Mars time as a single guy in 2004 during the first few months of Spirit and Opportunity's operations! Two-thirds of the time I had no trouble parking, experienced no Los Angeles freeway traffic jams, and best of all I got to sleep an extra 40 minutes every day!

They gave us free ice cream for those first few months too, which was awesome until the inevitable weight gain that followed...

But by the time Curiosity landed in 2012 I was married and the proud father of a wonderful girl, who would still wake me up by 07:00 even if I'd just gone to sleep at 06:30. So I was grateful to come back to Earth time a few months later.



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Celebrate the inventor of quaternions Sunday with Hamilton Day!

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JPL's Artificial Intelligence Group has released a detailed case study titled Productivity Challenges for Mars Rover Operations: A Case Study of Mars Science Laboratory Operations

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Happy Fourth ... Year on Mars!
It’s been four years since our Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. Take a look at the discoveries so far and what’s to come in the future: https://youtu.be/E6t1kxX-EpI

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A memorial concert honoring Pat Maimone will take place at the USMA West Point Post Chapel (692 Biddle Loop, West Point, NY 10996). Performers will include Emily Faxon, Joel Evans, Jeremy Moore, Eun Ha Chung, Craig Williams and others including words of remembrance by Fr. Shane Scott-Hamblen, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring. Please leave time for increased security at the West Point gate. Admission is free. A small reception will follow in the chapel. http://www.chvago.org/CHVAGO_Calendar.php http://www.usma.edu/chaplain/SitePages/Community%20Post%20Chapel.aspx

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Color me surprised; Curiosity's time at Maria's pass in full color and 3D!
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