Sunday Sunrise – 6th January 2013 – New Year … not so new Stephen!

Snapshot of Stories

Nasa’s Curiosity rover is very close to drilling into its first Martian rock, with the set-up operation likely to begin next week.  After breaking for the holidays, the mission team would be raring to undertake the task in the coming days, said lead scientist John Grotzinger.  The robot has driven about 650m from its landing site, dropping down into a depression known as Yellowknife Bay.  It is in this depression that the target rock will probably be chosen.  All of Curiosity’s instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed.  Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover’s onboard laboratories for analysis.  “We are firing on all cylinders now and our last thing to do is drilling, and we really hope to start on that process beginning next week,” the California Institute of Technology professor told the BBC.  As Curiosity trundled through Yellowknife Bay in December, it used its survey instruments to try to identify the most promising candidate rock. This equipment comprises the mast-mounted colour cameras and laser spectrometer, and the arm-held “hand lens” camera and X-ray spectrometer.

Songs Played

Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Alone (Is Not Enough)
Blue – U Make Me Wanna
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Debbie Harry – French Kissing In The USA
Suggs – I’m Only Sleeping
Ocean Colour Scene – Profit In Peace
Pet Shop Boys – Memory Of The Future
Queen – Bohemiam Rhapsody
Muse – Follow Me
OK Go – Here It Goes Again
Owl City – Umbrella Beach
Phats & Small – Turn Around
Eels – Novocaine For The Soul
Morten Harket – Listening
Lily Allen – The Fear
FrankMusik – Vacant Heart
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La

80s Hour

Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Soft Cell – Torch
Robert Plant – Big Log
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music
Depeche Mode – Strange Love
Simply Red – (Money’s Too Tight) To Mention