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People Could Get Drinking Water Out Of Martian Soil

A tidal wave of data from samples of Martian soil and rock analysed by the Curiosity rover was released Thursday in a series of five reports. The findings center on a pyramid-shaped rock named “Jack_M” and scoops of material taken from a sand dune called Rocknest, where Curiosity spent about […]
People Could Get Drinking Water Out Of Martian Soil
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Yes, Mars Could Have Once Supported Life!

[credit provider=” NASA/JPL-Caltech”] After seven months of roaming around the Red Planet, NASA’s car-size robot, called Curiosity, has finally provided evidence that Mars could have once supported microbial life, the space agency announced in a press conference from Washington D.C. on Tuesday.The first powder rock sample ever collected on Mars […]
Yes, Mars Could Have Once Supported Life!
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Curiosity Grabs Mars Rock Samples For The First Time

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS “] NASA’s Curiosity rover has drilled into a Martian rock and collected samples, marking the first time any robot has ever performed this complicated manoeuvre on the surface of another planet.The 1-ton Curiosity rover used its arm-mounted drill to bore a hole 0.63 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and […]
Curiosity Grabs Mars Rock Samples For The First Time
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Curiosity Made A Tiny Hole On Mars

In a planned test of the drilling system on the Curiosity rover, NASA scientists drilled a 0.8 inch deep hole into a Martian rock named “John Klein.” The hole is 0.63 inches across.
Curiosity Made A Tiny Hole On Mars
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NASA Employees Almost Mutinied Over Living On Mars Time

Having an extra 40 minutes in your day sounds awesome to some people, but after months of living on Mars time (their day is 40 minutes longer than our day here on Earth) NASA employees were on the brink of a Mutiny, Scientific American’s Katie Worth explains. 
NASA Employees Almost Mutinied Over Living On Mars Time
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Curiosity Prepares For Its Biggest Engineering Task Since Landing On Mars

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalogue/PIA16567″] The Curiosity rover is gearing up for its biggest engineering task since landing on the surface Mars: Drilling into a rock on the Red Planet. The mission team has identified a flat rock within a depression called Yellowknife Bay as the first drilling target. 
Curiosity Prepares For Its Biggest Engineering Task Since Landing On Mars
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Curiosity Spent The Holidays At ‘Grandma’s House’

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech” url=”http://www.space.com/19053-mars-rover-curiosity-holiday-grandmas-house.html”] NASA’s Curiosity rover worked through the holiday season on Mars by taking a close look at an intriguing bit of Martian terrain, a region scientists have lovingly nicknamed “Grandma’s House.”The Curiosity rover is currently parked inside Yellowknife Bay, a shallow depression of odd terrain nestled inside the rover’s […]
Curiosity Spent The Holidays At ‘Grandma’s House’
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A Story From 2010 Reveals How Over-Hyped NASA’s Latest Mars Finding Could Be

[credit provider=”Science/AAAS”] The science and space communities were abuzz yesterday when an essentially “non-news” item made the news — Mars Curiosity rover scientist John Grotzinger is excited about some findings that he can’t talk about, NPR reported.As the non-news made the rounds (even we couldn’t help taking part in the […]
A Story From 2010 Reveals How Over-Hyped NASA’s Latest Mars Finding Could Be
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INSTANT MBA: For New Ideas, Pay Attention And Write Everything Down

[credit provider=”Screengrab, courtesy of Entrepreneur”] Today’s advice comes from Jane Wurwand, CEO of Dermologica via Entrepreneur:“I try and stay curious all the time so when I’m driving around LA or whatever city I’m in I’m always trying to pay attention to everything that’s happening — the way a menu is […]
INSTANT MBA: For New Ideas, Pay Attention And Write Everything Down
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Curiosity’s First Science Target Turns Out To Be A New And Unexpected Type Of Mars Rock

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16192.html”] A rock on Mars being studied by NASA’s Curiosity rover is unlike any Martian stone ever seen, and is surprisingly similar to an unusual, but well-known, kind of rock on Earth.This type of rock is the first of its kind encountered on Mars and is helping broaden […]
Curiosity’s First Science Target Turns Out To Be A New And Unexpected Type Of Mars Rock
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NASA: We Think The Shiny Object Is Part Of The Rover, Not Alien Material

[credit provider=”NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Will Pomerantz” url=”https://twitter.com/Pomerantz/status/255452901017796608″] Two nights ago, the space enthusiast twitterverse lit up when a shiny object was sighted on Mars and interrupted Curisoity’s soil-scooping mission. The Curiosity rover stopped the mission to investigate the object with her cameras. People guessed that the shiny […]
NASA: We Think The Shiny Object Is Part Of The Rover, Not Alien Material
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Curiosity Got Distracted By Some Shiny Plastic And Stalled Her Scooping Mission

[credit provider=”NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Will Pomerantz” url=”https://twitter.com/Pomerantz/status/255452901017796608″] The Mars Curiosity rover was in the middle of her sand-scooping mission on Sol 61, when she got distracted by a shiny object in the sand. You can see the shiny piece in the image above, circled by twitter user […]
Curiosity Got Distracted By Some Shiny Plastic And Stalled Her Scooping Mission
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Curiosity Is About To Dig Into A Martian Sand Dune

The Jet Propulsion Team has announced today that they’ve reached the perfect place to test out their scooping mechanisms. The area is very near Glenelg, and contains lots of nice sandy soil in which for Curiosity to play.
Curiosity Is About To Dig Into A Martian Sand Dune
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The Mars Rover Curiosity Cost Each American $8

[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] Amy Shira Teitel has a great blog post up over at Vintage Science, about how much NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity actually cost us. We throw the $2.5 Billion figure around a lot, but here are a few realistic comparisons, from Teitel’s piece: Curiosity’s landing coincided with this year’s […]
The Mars Rover Curiosity Cost Each American $8
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Mars Was Once Covered In Hip-Deep Flowing Water

The Curiosity rover’s science team has come to a consensus: There was once a large amount of flowing water in Gale Crater. They can’t say when, or for how long, but based on the types, shapes and sizes of rocks they’ve been seeing, they can say, finally, there was flowing […]
Mars Was Once Covered In Hip-Deep Flowing Water
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Curiosity Finished Up Her Rock Touching And Has Hit The Road Again

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity reached out and touched a Martian rock with its huge robotic arm for the first time, then took off on its longest Red Planet drive to date.Curiosity spent the past several days investigating a strange pyramid-shaped stone named “Jake Matijevic,” testing out some of […]
Curiosity Finished Up Her Rock Touching And Has Hit The Road Again
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NASA Reveals ‘Plan B’ If Curiosity Rover Had Crashed

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090″] Billions of dollars and future support of NASA’s space program hinged on the successful landing of Mars rover Curiosity when it dropped through the Red Planet’s atmosphere back in August.  Fortunately, everything went off without a hitch when the car-size rover touched down on Mars’ surface on […]
NASA Reveals ‘Plan B’ If Curiosity Rover Had Crashed
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Curiosity Caught Mars’ Moon Phobos Photobombing The Sun

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has snapped stunning shots of a brief partial solar eclipse on the Red Planet, capturing images of the tiny Martian moon Phobos crossing the face of the sun.Curiosity took the photos of Phobos on Thursday (Sept. 13), roughly five weeks […]
Curiosity Caught Mars’ Moon Phobos Photobombing The Sun
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Curiosity Rover Might Contaminate Mars With Earth Bacteria

[credit provider=”Viking Project, NASA”] NASA seems to have contaminated the Mars rover Curiosity with Earth bacteria, the Los Angeles Times reports.The contamination happened when a team member opened a previously sterile box of drill bits and placed one of the bits in the drilling mechanism. It was done in clean, […]
Curiosity Rover Might Contaminate Mars With Earth Bacteria
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Curiosity Rover Takes A Bunch Of Cool Self-Portraits

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems”] As NASA’s Curiosity rover prepares to take her first long drive to a spot called Glenelg, her keepers back on Earth continue to test and inspect several of the robot’s cameras and high-tech tools on its arm. These instruments, which include a drill, a camera […]
Curiosity Rover Takes A Bunch Of Cool Self-Portraits
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See Curiosity Roving Mars Through Pictures

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] About a month after landing on the surface of Mars the Curiosity rover has been making headway finding her way around the planet. After days of checking out her instruments, she made her first move Aug. 22. Since then, the team’s been getting more comfortable operating the rover […]
See Curiosity Roving Mars Through Pictures
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Mars Rover Uses Ancient Knots To Secure Its Precious Payload

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] Five thousand years ago, the Egyptians used reef knots to fasten their belts. In the first century, Greek physicians employed both reef knots and clove hitches to tie surgical nooses. Today, these ancient knots are coming in handy on Mars.On the decks of NASA’s […]
Mars Rover Uses Ancient Knots To Secure Its Precious Payload
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Curiosity Starts Quarter-Mile Journey That Could Reveal Secrets Of Mars

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16053.html”] As extraterrestrial journeys go, it is not the most imposing challenge that science has faced. Yet the quarter-mile journey on which the Martian rover Curiosity embarked last week is being watched with breathless attention by planetary experts.The $2.5bn vehicle, the most sophisticated machine to visit another world, […]
Curiosity Starts Quarter-Mile Journey That Could Reveal Secrets Of Mars
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Crackpots Are Seeing Aliens In The Mars Rover Pictures

[credit provider=”YouTube | StephenHannardADGUK “] According to the fringe sector of the Internet, Mars is practically teeming with aliens.Since NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on the Red Planet two weeks ago and powered up its cameras, it has already managed to photograph several alleged UFOs and other “anomalies” in the […]
Crackpots Are Seeing Aliens In The Mars Rover Pictures
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NASA Named Curiosity’s Landing Site After A Science Fiction Legend

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] NASA engineers announced today that they will be naming the landing side of the Curiosity rover after science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, who died earlier this year, on June 5, 2012.”And today, Sol 16, we are the first roving astrobiology rover on Mars and we have truly extended […]
NASA Named Curiosity’s Landing Site After A Science Fiction Legend
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Curiosity Made Its Move And Saw Its Tracks

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech “] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took its first halting steps on the Red Planet today (Aug. 22), snapping photos of its tracks to commemorate the test drive milestone.The 1-ton Curiosity rover was slated to move about 10 feet (3 meters) forward, turn to the right 90 degrees and […]
Curiosity Made Its Move And Saw Its Tracks
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Mars Update: Curiosity Gets Ready To Rove And More

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16085.html”] Two weeks after landing on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover will take its first road trip tomorrow, the JPL team announced. The rover will inch forward about three meters (one rover length), turn right 90 degrees, and back up another couple meters, coming to rest […]
Mars Update: Curiosity Gets Ready To Rove And More
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Curiosity Passes Arm-Stretching Test With Flying colours

[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity flexed its long robotic arm for the first time on the Red Planet Monday (Aug. 20), passing a critical health check with flying colours, mission managers say.The rover unfolded the robotic arm and performed an intricate series of test maneuvers to make sure the […]
Curiosity Passes Arm-Stretching Test With Flying colours
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Curiosity Is Going To Burn This Mars Rock With A Laser

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL”] Curiosity has set her sights on her first laser target: Rock N165. The rock is located about seven feet from the rover and is about three inches long. In a few days, the chemcam will shoot 30 laser pulses over 10 seconds, heating the rock to the point […]
Curiosity Is Going To Burn This Mars Rock With A Laser
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‘Mohawk Guy’ Gets Personal About His Hair, NASA Superstitions, And Landing A Rover On Mars

[credit provider=”http://fuckyeahbobakferdowsi.tumblr.com/” url=”http://fuckyeahbobakferdowsi.tumblr.com/”] When NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity pulled off its daring Red Planet landing on Aug. 5, the 1-ton robot became an international star — and so did Bobak Ferdowsi.As a flight director for Curiosity’s mission, Ferdowsi played a key role in the rover’s touchdown success that night. But […]
‘Mohawk Guy’ Gets Personal About His Hair, NASA Superstitions, And Landing A Rover On Mars
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Roving Mars Is Slow Going: Curiosity Will Cover About A Football Field A Day

[credit provider=”Flickr/emdot” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdot/34129050/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] In a Reddit AMA, one of the rover team members said:Curiosity’s top speed is about 4 cm/s or about 0.09 miles/hr. On a day when we drive, we expect to go about 100m. It’s slow going because we want to be really careful and we gear the […]
Roving Mars Is Slow Going: Curiosity Will Cover About A Football Field A Day
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Curiosity Team Reveals Their Mars Wakeup Song Playlist

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090″] Every Mars morning, NASA researchers play a song to wake up Miss Curiosity. Today, during their Reddit AMA, they revealed their most recent choices.Her playlist so far, according to “EMB” aka Eric Blood, who works in surface systems: Sol 2: “Good Morning Good Morning” Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely […]
Curiosity Team Reveals Their Mars Wakeup Song Playlist
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The Mars Rover Can ‘Dream’

[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] For the next two years, Mars rover Curiosity will spend her days roaming around the Red Planet trying to determine if Mars ever was, or is, able to support microbial life.In many ways, the plutonium-powered science laboratory on wheels is like a person. At least that’s how Curiosity’s […]
The Mars Rover Can ‘Dream’
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Meet NASA’s Mohawk Guy Who Stole The Show From Curiosity

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”nasa.gov”] NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed on the surface of the red planet on Sunday night, but we were a little distracted by the mohawked engineer shown on the right. Click through to find out who this mystery science man is. [slideshow] [slide permalink=”the-deets-1″ title=”The deets.” content=”His full […]
Meet NASA’s Mohawk Guy Who Stole The Show From Curiosity
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The Funniest Memes From The Curiosity Rover Landing

[credit provider=”reddit” url=”http://imgur.com/u1gCE”] It’s been an awesome few days. But now, after the joy and jubilation of having successfully landed the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars starts to fade, the internet has creeped into the fun cracks, flooding the webs with Mars-based memes, cartoons and hilarity.We’ve collected some […]
The Funniest Memes From The Curiosity Rover Landing
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Curiosity’s View Of Mt. Sharp And A Bird’s Eye Video Of Her Descent

[credit provider=”NASA”] NASA’s latest images from the Curiosity rover (she’s been on Mars for about 18 hours now) show its great, face-on view of Mars’s Mount Sharp. The mountain is about 4 miles away, and is 3 miles high. It’s larger than any mountain on the lower 48 of the […]
Curiosity’s View Of Mt. Sharp And A Bird’s Eye Video Of Her Descent
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NASA Caught Curiosity In The Act Of Landing In This Image

[credit provider=”NASA TV”] WOW. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to catch Curiosity in the act of landing. In this image, taken from about 340 kilometers away, catches Curiosity while she was being parachuted down to the surface of Mars. It was taken about six minutes into the lander’s “seven […]
NASA Caught Curiosity In The Act Of Landing In This Image
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How NASA Celebrated After Successfully Landing The Curiosity Rover

[credit provider=”NASA TV “] PASADENA, Calif. — They entered the room like rock stars coming back onstage for an encore, or like heroes returning from a war.The leaders of the team that put NASA’s huge Curiosity rover safely on the surface of Mars received a raucous and lengthy standing ovation […]
How NASA Celebrated After Successfully Landing The Curiosity Rover
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Curiosity Rover Lands Safely On Mars!

After nearly nine months, NASA’s one-ton rover, Curiosity, is just a few hours away from landing on Mars. Here’s what you need to know to be a part of this historic event.
Curiosity Rover Lands Safely On Mars!
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The New Mars Rover Would Be Crippled Without These Instruments

[credit provider=”Honeybee Robotics”] At 1:31 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission will place a 2,000-pound robot, named Curiosity, on the surface of Mars.The car-size rover will spend 687 Earth days (one Martian year) studying the Red Planet’s environment and analysing samples drilled or scooped from the […]
The New Mars Rover Would Be Crippled Without These Instruments
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NASA: Our Mars Rover Is About To Experience ‘7 Minutes Of Terror’

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090″] A nine month journey from Earth to Mars will end in what NASA describes as “seven minutes of terror.“Launched on November 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Mars rover Curiosity will enter the Martian atmosphere at 1:06 AM EDT Monday, August 6.
NASA: Our Mars Rover Is About To Experience ‘7 Minutes Of Terror’
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The Most Difficult Part Of Landing A Car-Size Rover On Mars

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] At 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5, after nearly nine months of travel, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (with a rover named Curiosity) will arrive at the Red Planet.The $2.5 billion rover will begin a two-year quest to explore the interior of Mars’ Gale Crater and hunt for […]
The Most Difficult Part Of Landing A Car-Size Rover On Mars
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Mars Explorers Brace For Curiosity Rover’s ‘Seven Minutes Of Terror’

[credit provider=”wikipedia commons”] In the silence of space on the approach to Mars a US probe is warming up for an unprecedented act of theatre. Heaters aboard the hurtling spacecraft have begun to glow, thawing thrusters and components ahead of the most daring landing ever attempted on an alien world.Bearing […]
Mars Explorers Brace For Curiosity Rover’s ‘Seven Minutes Of Terror’
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NASA Is Hosting A Mars Rover Landing Watch Party In Times Square

[credit provider=”NASA”] NEW YORK — NASA’s biggest Mars rover landing yet is about to hit Broadway. New Yorkers hoping to see the Aug. 5/6 landing of NASA’s huge Mars rover Curiosity alongside like-minded space fans can head to Times Square here on Sunday night (Aug. 5) to catch the rover’s touchdown […]
NASA Is Hosting A Mars Rover Landing Watch Party In Times Square
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VIDEO: NASA Just Launched Its Biggest-Ever Robotic Probe

[credit provider=”NASA”] NASA successfully launched its “Curiosity” Mars probe from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 10:02 AM Saturday.The one-ton probe left Earth aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket, reported the Associated Press. More than 13,000 spectators were present to watch the launch of NASA’s first mission to Mars in four years.
VIDEO: NASA Just Launched Its Biggest-Ever Robotic Probe
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