It probably doesn’t taste like chicken …

CuriosityMission managers have confirmed that Curiosity has “ingested” samples gathered from inside the rock dubbed “John Klein” and is now analysing them.

As reported last time around, the sample gathered by the rover’s turret-mounted drill has been used to clean the drill’s internal sample-handling mechanism. Originally, it had been thought the material might be dumped after this work, and a fresh sample obtained for analysis. However, concerns about the very long-term security of a filter required for processing samples meant the decision was taken to use the sample both for clean activities and for delivery to the on-board Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) and Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) science instruments.

Prior to delivery, the sample was processed by CHIMRA, the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis system, also mounted in the turret at the end of the robot arm. This comprised vibrating the entire turret so that material of 150-microns or smaller could be deposited into a sample delivery mechanism which would then transfer small amounts to both CheMin and SAM over a two-day period.

The first delivery of a sample of the powder obtained from inside “John Klein”, equivalent to around half as much material as in an aspirin tablet, was made to CheMin on Sol 195 (February 22nd). Then, on Sol 196, a sample of equal size was delivered to SAM.

The left Mast Camera (Mastcam) took this image of Curiosity’s sample-processing and delivery tool just after it had delivered a portion of powdered rock to SAM on Sol 196. Mounted on CHIMRA, the portion delivery tube can be seen in the centre of the image, surrounded by a C-shaped windshield. The opening is about 4mm (0.16 inch) in diameter. Portions containing about half as much material as in an aspirin tablet were dropped through that opening into CheMin and SAM. This image was taken to check whether sample material remained in the tube opening after portion delivery, and has been white-balanced to show the scene under natural daylight on Earth.

“Data from the instruments have confirmed the deliveries,” said Curiosity Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, following the successful transfers to both instruments. The samples will now be subjected to a range of on-board tests using CheMin’s X-ray diffraction instrument, a process which generally takes a minimum of 10 hours and according to mission notes can be spread out over two or more consecutive Martian nights, and well as by the suite of instruments which comprise SAM.

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Fashion for Life event schedule announcement

FFL 2013 LogoEvery year, hundreds of people in Second Life give their time, creativity and money to help raise funds and awareness on behalf of the ‘American Cancer Society’ at FASHION FOR LIFE.

This year from March 9th – 17th, an incredible 9 sims built by some of the grids best artists and builders will open to the public based on the theme of ‘The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.’

But it’s not only the very best fashion you can expect to see this year but also dazzling art, beautiful buildings and a schedule of live events and fashion shows produced by SL’s top fashion agencies!

Event Schedule

The week will also host a schedule of live entertainment, music and catwalk events and each scheduled fashion show will reveal different outfits from the all new ‘Fashion for Life 2013’ collection. All times SLT.

  • Saturday, March 9th Midday: Fashion for Life 2013 grand opening
  • Sunday, March 10th, 10:00: Fashion show produced by KV Dream Agency
  • Monday, March 11th, 16:00: Fashion show produced by Solo Evane
  • Tuesday, March 12th, 16:00: Elegance Agency Avenue
  • Wednesday March 13th:
    • 16:00: Fashion show produced by: Elegance Agency
    • 18:00: Antonio Galloway in concert
  • Thursday, March 14th: Fashion show produced by ZeroModa Italia
  • Friday, March 15th:
    • Midday: Changhigh Sisters Fireshow of Light, Life and Love
    • 16:00: Fashion show produced by Opium Evolution
  • Saturday March 16th, 10:00: Galliano couture-inspired collection produced by BLVD agency
  • Sunday March 17th:
    • 09:00: Grande Finale – SL Top Model Competition
    • 11:00: Closing Party & raffle winner announcement.

BOSL Radio will also stream across all 9 sims in partnership with The Velvet SL club.

In addition, there will be a public “Best FFL Photo Contest” for the duration of the event. The winner will receive items from participating FFL designers – details of the competition format TBA.

Sim Builders and Sponsors

  • Fashion For Life – Built by Eshi Otawara – Sponsored by Christianraven Resident
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria – Built by Bryn Oh – Sponsored by [sYs] Design
  • Great Pyramid of Giza – Built by Thoth Jantzen – Sponsored by Chop Zuey Couture and Jewellery
  • Colossus of Rhodes – Built by Rebeca Bashly – Sponsored by .:EMO-tions:
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus – Built by nexuno Thespian – Sponsored by Leri Miles Designs, Quality mesh fashion
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon – Built by Patch Thibaud – Sponsored by Tres Beau Designs in honour of loved ones lost
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia – Built by KarlinJames Zepp – Sponsored by Sonatta Morales *8* Vintage Couture
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – Built by  Kaya Angel – Sponsored by LAZURI
  • FFL Event Sim  – Built by Eshi Otawara – sponsored by Miss Mundo Virtual Organization

VIP Sponsors

  • Tjake Kearny
  • Giz Seorn

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With thanks to Frolic Mills.