Music – We can’t all be a Mars rover

August 17, 2012 10:00 am
Good Morning Curiosity – Wake up With the Same Songs as a Mars Rover

Hopefully, Curiosity will never wake up on the wrong side of Mars, then we’d have trouble finding her.

There’s a long history of waking up astronauts with songs. Last year, NASA archivist Colin Fries listed every song played to astronauts in the space program he could find.

Turns out, Curiosity gets wakeup songs too. The Curiosity team answered questions on Reddit recently, and one user asked: “Does Curiosity get wake-up songs every morning like the other Mars rovers got? If so, what have some of the songs been so far?” Answer: “Yup! She tends to be less cranky with a good wakeup song.”

So far, the songs have been as follows.

Sol 2: “Good Morning Good Morning” Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club

Sol 3: “Good morning, good morning” from Singing in the Rain.

Sol 5: Wagner “The ride of the valkyries” R10 Victory Song: Theme from Mission Impossible

Sol 6: “Got the Time” by Anthrax, and “Echelon” by 30 Seconds to Mars

Sol 7: The Doors – “Break on Through”, and George Harrison – “Got My Mind Set on You”

Sol 8: Theme from Star Wars by John Williams

Sol 9: “Wake Up Little Susie” by Simon and Garfunkel

Sol 10: Frank Sinatra “Come Fly with Me”

The “Sol” markers there indicate Martian days. Mars Rover Soundtrack, the site that listed the songs played to the Spirit rover that landed on the planet in 2004, explains:

The Mars rover engineering team works on Mars time. A martian day, also called a “sol”, is 40 minutes longer than an Earth day. Each martian morning as the rover wakes up they play a song related to the events of the upcoming sol. Occasionally a second or third song is played during the sol in addition to the wakeup song. This is a tradition from the manned space program. Unfortunately robotic probes are not yet capable of feeling inspiration from music, but Mission Control is.

Right, so Curiosity doesn’t have ears. And the engineers didn’t rig her with speakers to play our tunes to the aliens she meets. So the songs really ring through mission control.  Continue reading

Mars NASA Rover Curiosity Landing Party!

Less than two weeks to go. The newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, is slated to land on the Red Planet August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT [1:31 am EDT August 6th]

Detailed information and countdown clock at NASA’s Mars site

Whether you stay up late into the night on the 5th…

Mars Rover Landing Party Supplies

…or celebrate the next day…

Mars Rover Landing Party Supplies

It’s an excellent excuse to host a Mars Party.

The Science Channel has scheduled a special on the landing Monday August 6th at 9:00 pm EDT. I hope it starts with CURIOSITY MADE IT! :)

This Is The Life On Mars

Life on Mars: here’s what it looks like
July 9, 2012 – 5:47PM
Nicky Phillips

A section of the NASA shot of Mars. See the full scale picture on NASA’s site Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University
This is about as good a view of Mars most people will ever see.
NASA has released a panoramic scene, compiled of 817 images, of the Red Planet.
The images were taken by a mast-mounted panoramic camera on the US space agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between December 2011 and May 2012 when the rover was stationary for maintenance during the Martian winter.
NASA described the picture as the “next best thing to being there”.

The image shows new rover tracks and an old impact crater, known as the Endeavour Crater, which can be seen just below the horizon in the right half of the picture. It spans 22 kilometres in diameter.
The rover’s solar panels and deck can be seen in the foreground.
Opportunity, which has been working on Mars since January 2004, completed its 3000th Martian day on July 2, when the US space agency marked 15 years of robotic presence on the Red Planet.
NASA’s Curiosity rover, formally known as the Mars Science Laboratory but nicknamed a “dream machine” by NASA scientists, blasted off from Florida in November and is expected to land in early August.
It is the most advanced machine ever built with the aim of roaming the surface of Earth’s nearest neighbour. The rover cost $2.5 billion to construct and launch, carries its own rock-analysing lab and aims to hunt for signs that life once existed there.

Curiosity Rover Mars Landing Party In August! August 6th is the current projected date. Who’s with me?