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He Builds Space Robots for a Living

As a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Kobie Boykins has the awesome privilege of building stuff, only to blast it millions of miles away into space at thousands of miles an hour. He goes into work every day with the enviable job of revealing the remarkable mysteries of our universe, and as part of that mission, he’s…

Celebrating NASA’s Curiosity’s First Birthday (Live!)

The drama for Curiosity began with so-called “the seven minutes of terror,” landing operation that involved rocket burns to slow down Curiosity from its 13,000 mph (21,000 km per hour) interplanetary cruising speed to a harrowing sky crane maneuver that allowed the rover to be gingerly lowered to the surface. (Read: “Top 5 First Year…

Curiosity successfully completes drill test on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover made history this week by boring its first hole into the Martian surface. The February 6 “mini-drill test” of a fine-grained sedimentary rock marks the first full operation of both the hammering and rotary action of Curiosity’s drill bit, which is located at the end of the one-ton rover’s 7-foot-long robotic arm.…