recommended reading

Mars Curiosity discovers evidence of alien life (Spoiler: It's us)


America's favorite $2.5 billion interplanetary science project stopped in its tracks recently when it discovered a strange, bright, shiny object nestled in the Martian soil. That science project, of course, is the Mars Curiosity rover which is now a few days into its survey of Martian soil.

The plan was pretty simple: Plunge Curiosity's 1.8-inch wide on-board scooper into the "sand and powdery material," analyze it, find evidence of life on Mars, tweet about it, come home. We're sort of simplifying the rover's mission here, but you get the drift. It was all going swimmingly earlier this week, when something unexpected happened on the rover's very first scoop. A shiny thing appeared. 

Having spotted an unexpected foreign object, the Curiosity Rover stopped in its tracks, cancelled all processes and turned to mission control for help. That was on Sunday night. What happened next happened at a characteristically glacial pace for NASA's big mission. No, seriously. America's brightest scientists labored over the little fleck of metal for days. and seems to have enlisted each and every one of the Curiosity's sophisticated scientific instrument, including the whimsically named "ChemCam."

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.