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Ten Years on Mars for NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity!

Ten Years on Mars for NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity!

Ten years ago this month, NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars for 90 day missions. Much to the surprise of everyone, Spirit’s mission lasted nearly seven years, and Opportunity is still operational and making scientific discoveries to this day!

Love Space Exploration? Watch this Documentary!

PBS Nova has an awesome documentary about NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. I embeded it here but it is also available on Netflix and the PBS website. Click below for Chapters 1-4

Chinese Lunar Rover Lands on Moon! Begins Exploration!

Chinese Lunar Rover Lands on Moon! Begins Exploration!

The Chinese lunar rover, Jade Rabbit has embarked from the Chang’e 3 spacecraft. The Chinese rover will be the first lunar rover to operate on the Moon in over 40 years. The Jade Rabbit will begin its mission to learn more about the composition of the lunar surface.

Google Aquires Boston Dynamics, Makers of “Big Dog” Robot

Google Aquires Boston Dynamics, Makers of “Big Dog” Robot

Google announced Friday (December 13th 2013) that it has completed the aquisition of Boston Dynamics, a robotics company well known for its Big Dog robot. Google has aquired at least seven other robotics companies over the last year, a clear sign of the company’s intent to become a leader within the industry.

RoboSculpt creates clay molds with ease and precision

RoboSculpt, a robot created by Mathew Schwartz and Jason Prasad at the University of Michigan College of Achitecture, uses an industrial robot to sculpt clay molds. Using the robot to shape the molds allows for a custom design to be made more quickly and with less waste.

Robots Swarm and Self Assemble

Swarm robots on the ground join forces with an aerial robot to communicate with each other and self assemble! Using blinking lights and cameras, the aerial robot tells the ground robots how they should self-assemble to conquer a given task or environmental challenge.

Acrobatic Quadracopter Balances Glass, Catches Balls!

This quadracopter is controlled by a Microsoft Kinect,and very advanced control algorithms, and can balance a glass of water and catch a ball while doing aerial acrobatics.

BigDog from Boston Dynamics Throws Cement Block!

Boston Dynamic’s BigDog robot is equipt with enough strength to throw a giant cement block while balancing on its four robot legs. Try doing that with a Roomba!

Beer Fetching Robots

Beer fetching robots, small and large, Roomba and humanoid, dog down beers for their human designers.

Military’s Secret X-37B Robotic Space Shuttle Returns to Earth

Military’s Secret X-37B Robotic Space Shuttle Returns to Earth

Originally a NASA project, the X-37B became the military’s secret unmanned space shuttle in 2004. When the X-37B launched last April, no one knew what was really going on. Foreign media saw the launch as a signal of space militarization. Officials say the spacecraft is undergoing testing.