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Confirmation of Curiosity’s scheduled landing on Mars is expected to reach Earth at 1:31 a.m. eastern time on Aug. 6.Two other spacecraft – NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the European Space Agency’s Mars Express – will record radio transmission for later playback. Only Odyssey will be in a position to relay information in near real time, NASA said.

WASHINGTON – After driving the length of a football field, the Curiosity rover is being readied by NASA managers to begin contact science” on the surface of Mars.

In what amounts to Curiosity’s first pit stop, mission scientists said Thursday (Sept. 6) they are checking out the rover’s robotic arm, sampling system and a high-resolution camera after the rover’s first excursion from its landing site. So far, Curiosity has driven about a third of the way to a geologically interesting area about 400 meters from its landing site called Glenelg.

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The Mini Cooper-sized rover continues to perform flawlessly, said Michael Watkins, Curiosity mission manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There have been no wild cards, no anomalies” so far, Watkins said. The real wild card is how well it works.”

Matt Robinson, lead engineer for Curiosity's robotic arm testing and operations, said his team is completing final checkout of the rover’s robotic arm, a procedure designed to calibrate the motion of its five joints. The arm is controlled by five actuators that approximate the motions of the human arm. It also carries two spare drill bits, Robinson said.

Once check out of the robotic arm and sampling system are complete, Curiosity will resume its drive to Glenelg to conduct what mission managers referred to as contact science,” first scooping up Martian soil for analysis, then drilling into basaltic rock in search of evidence that Mars once provided conditions suitable for microbial life.

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The drive to Glenelg is expected to take several weeks, depending on what Curiosity encounters along the way. Then, managers said, the rover will turn around and head for the main objective of the Mars mission: the central peak of Gale Crater known as Mount Sharp. The trek to Mount Sharp will take months even if, as expected, it averages about 100 meters a Martian day, or sol.

Then, in the foothills of a huge Martian peak, the solar geology of this astounding mission will begin in earnest.

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Oracle has released Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 Update 6 (Java SE 7 Update 6) and JavaFX 2.2, as well as the first release of JavaFX Scene Builder. With this release, Oracle is providing full availability of Java SE 7 Update 6 on Mac OS X, including the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Java Development Kit (JDK), as well as the JavaFX 2.2 rich client platform and JavaFX Scene Builder.

Consumers will soon be able to download the JRE for Mac OS X from Java.com, just as they do for all other operating systems, and Oracle will provide auto-updates for Mac OS X at the same time as for Windows platforms. Oracle will highlight these and other Java technology updates at JavaOne 2012, September 30 – October 4, 2012 in the Zone at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Hotel Nikko, Parc 55 Wyndham and the Taylor Street Café.

Java SE 7 Update 6 Java SE 7 Update 6 introduces a JDK for Linux on ARM v6 and v7 to address general purpose” ARM systems, such as those used for the emerging micro-server ARM market, and for development platforms such as Raspberry Pi. This new JDK for Linux on ARM is made available under the Oracle Binary Code License and is available for download at no cost for development and production use on general-purpose platforms. Java Access Bridge is now included by default in Java SE 7 Update 6 on Windows to provide direct communication with assistive technology applications.

Starting with this release, JavaFX is now fully integrated into Oracle's Java SE implementation, helping to ensure that JavaFX runtime libraries are present on millions of desktops worldwide.