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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 Rover Brushes Dust Off A Rock And Reveals White Patch

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1408″] The Curiosity rover used the Dust Removal Tool at the end of its robotic arm for the first time to sweep some soil off of a Martian rock.  
Curiosity Rover Brushes Dust Off A Rock And Reveals White Patch
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A Translucent Rock Feature Has Been Spotted By Curiosity Rover’s Cameras

[credit provider=”NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00132/mhli/0132MH0163000010R0_DXXX.jpg”] The Curiosity rover has snapped images of a transparent object on the Martian surface that readers at discussion forum Above Top Secret have dubbed a “Martian flower” because it is shaped like a  flower’s pistils, NBCNews.com’s Alan Boyle reports. 
A Translucent Rock Feature Has Been Spotted By Curiosity Rover’s Cameras
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8 Historic Events That Made Social Media Matter In 2012

[credit provider=”NASA/ACS”] From political uprisings to billion-dollar acquisitions, social media packed a bigger punch in 2012 than ever before.While that comes as no surprise considering that social is still snaking its way into every nook and cranny of our lives, it was a pretty fascinating year viewed through the lens […]
8 Historic Events That Made Social Media Matter In 2012
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A Mission To Mars Could Damage Astronauts’ Brains

[credit provider=”Shutterstock”] NASA’s dream of sending humans to Mars by 2035 might face a new roadblock. For the first time, researchers found that exposure to radiation in deep space could harm astronauts’ brains by speeding up the the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. 
A Mission To Mars Could Damage Astronauts’ Brains
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14 Headline-Making Science Events Of 2012

[credit provider=”NASA”] 2012 was a memorable year for Science. From an Austrian ‘s record-breaking jump to Earth to the death of two space pioneers, here are the unforgettable science news stories that are worth reviewing before the calendar year rolls over.
14 Headline-Making Science Events Of 2012
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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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An In-Depth Look At The Most Impressive People of 2012

Felix Baumgartner Chris Christie Hillary Clinton R.A. Dickey Gabrielle Douglas Mario Draghi Lena Dunham Tony Hsieh LeBron James Joe Lhota Mars Curiosity Rover Marissa Mayer Jim Messina Elon Musk Pussy Riot John Roberts Nate Silver Taylor Swift Kevin Systrom Malala Yousufzai [preserve] [/preserve]
An In-Depth Look At The Most Impressive People of 2012
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How A Team Of Scientists Dropped A One-Ton Science Lab On Mars Completely Unscathed

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] After seven unmanned minutes spent in terror, waiting for the culmination of decades of work, a scream of excitement shook the Curiosity rover’s control room on August 5.”Touchdown confirmed, we are safe on Mars,” engineer Allen Chen said over the radio, eliciting tears of […]
How A Team Of Scientists Dropped A One-Ton Science Lab On Mars Completely Unscathed
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The Biggest Science Breakthroughs Of The Year

[credit provider=”CERN” url=”http://cds.cern.ch/record/1459462″] The editors of the journal Science have chosen the possible discovery of the elusive Higgs boson as the biggest breakthrough of 2012. The subatomic particle, named 50 years ago by physicist Peter Higgs, is what scientists believe gives mass to matter. The discovery is monumental because it […]
The Biggest Science Breakthroughs Of The Year
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The 10 Scientists Who Mattered The Most This Year

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] Scientists were plenty busy this year, with landing the 1-ton rover Curiosity on Mars, announcing the discovery of what is likely the Higgs boson and even revealing a little-dirty secret in research.For the second year, the editors of the scientific journal Nature have announced their “Nature’s 10,” the […]
The 10 Scientists Who Mattered The Most This Year
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Curiosity Rover Had To Practice Taking A Self-Portrait

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS ” url=”http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalogue/PIA16457″] At the end of October, NASA’s Curiosity rover used the high-resolution camera on its robotic arm to snap more than 50 pictures of itself. The resulting self-portrait, first published in November, was made by stitching those images together. 
Curiosity Rover Had To Practice Taking A Self-Portrait
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The Drill On NASA’s $2.5-Billion Mars Rover Is Going To Break

[credit provider=”Space.com” url=”http://www.space.com/18834-mars-rover-curiosity-drill-break.html”] The drill on NASA’s $2.5-billion Curiosity rover will break. This is not likely to happen within the robot’s scheduled two-year mission to explore Mars, but when it does, “all hell [will] break loose electronically,” Curiosity’s chief engineer Rob Manning told Space.com.The science team working at California’s Jet […]
The Drill On NASA’s $2.5-Billion Mars Rover Is Going To Break
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Mars Rover Scientist Learns A Tough Lesson About The Internet

[credit provider=”NASA HQ via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/7585068650/”] John Grotzinger is the chief project scientist on NASA’s Curiosity rover, a one-ton robot that is about four months into its two-year mission to see if the Mars was ever able to support microbial life. Two weeks ago, Grotzinger set off rumours that the rover […]
Mars Rover Scientist Learns A Tough Lesson About The Internet
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Here’s What The Mars Rover Found In Its First Analysis Of Martian Soil

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS “] After fully analysing samples of soil on Mars for the first time, NASA scientists announced that the Curiosity rover found traces of water, sulfur, and chlorine, but they are not necessarily of Martian origin. The results come from the biggest instrument on the Mars rover called the Sample Analysis […]
Here’s What The Mars Rover Found In Its First Analysis Of Martian Soil
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Experts Spill Their Thoughts On What Curiosity’s ‘Historical’ Finding Could Be

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems “] NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is busily grinding out science data — and has likely relayed some provocative findings — but mum’s the word from scientists on the mission.At the epicentre of all the speculation is that Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument […]
Experts Spill Their Thoughts On What Curiosity’s ‘Historical’ Finding Could Be
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Massive Dust Storm On Mars Jeopardizes The Longest-Running Mars Rover

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS ” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=4892″] The weather on Mars has been unusually dusty this past week, which could pose an issue for NASA’s ageing rover, Opportunity, which is going on nine years exploring Mars’ Endeavour crater.  On Nov. 10, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter picked up a large dust storm. By the end […]
Massive Dust Storm On Mars Jeopardizes The Longest-Running Mars Rover
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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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The Hot Baths Of Mars

[credit provider=”USGS/R. Fournier” url=”http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/files/2012/11/fs2005-3024_fig_01-02.jpg”] To understand Mars we need to understand its on-again off-again tango with liquid water.It’s not just the search for past or present life on Mars that hinges on this, but the search for a complete chemical, geophysical, and climatological history of the red planet.
The Hot Baths Of Mars
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Mars Rover Makes Crucial Discovery For Putting An Astronaut On Mars

[credit provider=” NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/instruments/radiationdetectors/rad/”] The Mars Curiosity rover is three months into its two-year mission to determine if Mars was, or still is, able to support life.  One life-limiting factor to habitability — and critical to a future manned mission to Mars — is the level of radiation, from cosmic […]
Mars Rover Makes Crucial Discovery For Putting An Astronaut On Mars
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Mystery Over Shiny Particles On Mars Gets More Exciting

[credit provider=”NASA”] NASA’s Curiosity rover had been on Mars 61 days when she gathered her first scoop of soil.Before the one-ton robot could finish sifting through her first small bucket of dust, however, all the excitement shifted to a shiny object found in the sand near the rover.
Mystery Over Shiny Particles On Mars Gets More Exciting
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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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Meet The Family Business That Makes Gears That Go To Mars

This small, family-run gear-making company called Forest City Gear was founded in 1955 by Stetler and Evelyn Young in Roscoe, Illinois. Their son, Fred Young is now CEO of the company. See how he and his workers helped build the Mars rover Curiosity and got to touch a little bit […]
Meet The Family Business That Makes Gears That Go To Mars
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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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The Latest Pictures Of Mars Look Exactly Like Something From Earth

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16105.html”] The latest images to be sent back from the Mars rover Curiosity were released by NASA mere hours ago. Although most of the images were enhanced to show Mars as it would appear under the lighting conditions we have on Earth (the landscape would be a little pinker […]
The Latest Pictures Of Mars Look Exactly Like Something From Earth
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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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A One-Ton Rover Landing On Mars Looks So Much Better In HD

Seriously, forget the small, black-and-white photographs. According to NASA these are most high-resolution frames of the Curiosity rover touching down on Mars on Aug. 5 during the treacherous Entry, Descent and Landing phase. And frankly, it’s awesome. 
A One-Ton Rover Landing On Mars Looks So Much Better In HD
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What A Martian Rock Looks Like After It’s Zapped With A Laser 50 Times

Curiosity’s rover’s onboard laser gun is at it again. After a successful test of the ChemChem instrument earlier this week, the rover targeted a rock about 19 feet away. The rock was exposed by the thrusters on Curiosity’s sky crane when the one-ton machine was lowered to Mars’ surface on Aug. […]
What A Martian Rock Looks Like After It’s Zapped With A Laser 50 Times
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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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The Next Robot To Land On Mars Will Drill Deep Into The Planet’s Core

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/details.cfm?id=5928″] Just two weeks after landing one-ton roving laboratory Curiosity on Mars, NASA is already preparing for its next big project on the Red Planet: To land a robot on Mars that will delve deep into the planet’s core.   Funding for a $425 million lander, called InSight, was […]
The Next Robot To Land On Mars Will Drill Deep Into The Planet’s Core
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Mars Rover Zap Its First Rock With A Laser

Two weeks after landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock using a powerful laser fired by the machine’s ChemChem instrument. The goal is to analyse the atomic elements of the rock.  The laser struck the fist-size rock, called “Coronation,” with 30 pules over 10 seconds. “Each […]
Mars Rover Zap Its First Rock With A Laser
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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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Britney Spears Is Caught Tweeting With Mars Curiosity Rover

Before NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars, Britney Spears was queen of the Red Planet in her music video for “Oops… I Did It Again” back in 2000.  Twelve years later, it sounds like the the pop-princess, now a judge on the “X Factor,” is still a flirt.
Britney Spears Is Caught Tweeting With Mars Curiosity Rover
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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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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 First colour 360-Degree Panorama Of Gale Crater On Mars

New pictures of Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover keep rolling in. Here’s the first 360-degree panorama in colour of Gale Crater, the 96-mile-wide landing site of Curiosity. The panorama is based on a series of images taken by the rover’s Mast Camera. It took a little over an hour to […]
The First colour 360-Degree Panorama Of Gale Crater On Mars