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Mars Rover: No I can’t see Cabinet ministers in it either


OK so this is a bit of a play for me/the blog. Stumbled on this link to a NASA webcam and wanted to see how well it blogs.

Don’t forget that it is Pacific Time though. I know, it’s not the first time that I have featured Rovers on this blog. As it goes I saw the Rover Jet-1 at the weekend at the Science Museum in the hall next to the Eagle.

INFORMATION ABOUT ‘CURIOSITY CAM’ AND THE MISSION

Look inside the clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to watch the next Mars rover being built. The camera is located in a viewing gallery above the clean room floor. There is no audio on this video feed.

As of Oct. 2010, technicians are working from approximately 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday. The camera shows a portion of the clean room that is typically active; but the rover, spacecraft components and technicians may move out of view as work shifts to other areas of the room. When activity takes place in other testing facilities around JPL, the clean room may be empty. The camera also may be turned off periodically for maintenance or technical issues. We will update this page often to inform viewers of these situations.

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1. The Curiosity rover is the size of a car.
2. Clean room technicians must wear bunny suits to avoid contaminating things.
3. You can live chat on The Curiosity Cam. There are rules though!
4. The video captures the unidentifiable technicians working in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
5. Watching the video can be boring, so one engineer performed a robotic dance.
6. You can go to Mars (technically, only on a microchip though).
7. The rover will go where no rover has gone before and carry 10 times as much stuff.
8. It will take the rover nearly a year to reach Mars once it is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
9. It will look for signs of life on Mars (and check to see if the far-away planet ever did support life).
10. This time, it will land with a high-tech jet pack (not with airbags like the other rovers).