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What Mars Would Look Like With Oceans And Life

[credit provider=”Viking Project, NASA”] What if instead of dust and rocks, our planetary neighbour Mars were a bit more lush? What if it had oceans, an Earth-like atmosphere, and green life coating its land?These are the questions Kevin Gill, a software engineer living in New Hampshire, sought to answer with […]
What Mars Would Look Like With Oceans And Life
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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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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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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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The Search Is On For Water In Our Solar System And Beyond

[credit provider=”Donkey Hotey / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/6143616487/”] This article was originally published on The Conversation and has been re-printed here under the Creative Commons licence. Earth is the only planet in our solar system with a long-term, stable supply of liquid water – essential for the formation and evolution of all organic […]
The Search Is On For Water In Our Solar System And Beyond
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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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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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NASA’s Mars Program Will Need Billions More If Scientists Get Their Top Mission Choice

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/mesur.html”] ATTENDEES at the American Geophysical Union’s autumn meeting in San Francisco were expecting to hear some big news about Mars. Sure enough, they got some—just not the sort they had anticipated. Until expectations were firmly damped down last week, they had thought they would hear about some […]
NASA’s Mars Program Will Need Billions More If Scientists Get Their Top Mission Choice
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The OTHER Mars Rover Is Still Sending Back Awesome Images

[credit provider=”Nasa” url=”http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap051214.html”] The latest findings from NASA’s Mars rover, Opportunity, were recently presented at the 45th annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California.Opportunity was launched in 2003 and is coming up on its ninth anniversary.
The OTHER Mars Rover Is Still Sending Back Awesome Images
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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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These Are The 5 Most Over-Hyped Mars Discoveries

[credit provider=”The Viking Project/NASA” url=”http://www.space.com/18723-most-overhyped-mars-discoveries.html”] NASA has been trying to dampen expectations for an upcoming Mars announcement after rumours abounded that the agency’s Curiosity rover discovered something big.”rumours and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect,” NASA officials wrote in a statement […]
These Are The 5 Most Over-Hyped Mars Discoveries
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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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Martian Caves Could Hold Signs Of Life

[credit provider=”NASA” url=”http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3438″] NASA is mapping out a strategy to return bits of rock and soil from the Martian surface to Earth, but the most intriguing Red Planet samples lie in underground caverns, some scientists say.The space agency’s next steps at Mars are geared toward mounting a sample-return mission, which […]
Martian Caves Could Hold Signs Of Life
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Elon Musk Wants To Put 80,000 People On Mars

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, wants to help establish a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet for perhaps $500,000 a trip.
Elon Musk Wants To Put 80,000 People On Mars
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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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Mars Isn’t Dry And Dusty — It Has Seasonal Water Flows

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona”] The tantalising seasonal flows observed on Mars last year may indeed be caused by liquid water, a new study suggests.The melting and subsequent evaporation of frozen salty water could cause the intriguing dark streaks, researchers said. These lines, which were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter […]
Mars Isn’t Dry And Dusty — It Has Seasonal Water Flows
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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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Bubbles In 700,000-Year-Old Meteorites Contain Ancient Martian Air

[credit provider=”© Natural History Museum, London”] Black glass from a Martian meteorite that crashed in Morocco last summer may shed light on not only the surface of the Red Planet but also its interior and atmosphere, a new study reveals.Rocks are occasionally blasted off the surface of Mars by cosmic […]
Bubbles In 700,000-Year-Old Meteorites Contain Ancient Martian Air
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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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Astronauts Will Start Spending A Full Year On The Space Station In 2015

[credit provider=”NASA”] The first 12-month mission to the International Space Station may launch in 2015, according to Russian media reports.Under the plan, two astronauts — one Russian and one American — would blast off in March 2015 on an experimental endurance mission that’s twice as long as current space station […]
Astronauts Will Start Spending A Full Year On The Space Station In 2015
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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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What The Weather Is Like On 10 Other Planets And Moons

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mgn_p39146.png”] On Earth, we get snow, rain, fog, hail, and sleet, and all of them are basically the same thing: water.For a true change of weather, you need to go to other worlds.
What The Weather Is Like On 10 Other Planets And Moons
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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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Upcoming Auction Is Your Chance To Own A Piece Of Space

[credit provider=”Courtesy of Heritage Auctions “] If you’ve ever yearned to own something from out of this world, here’s your chance.On Oct. 14 in Manhattan, fragments of Mars, the moon and asteroids that have fallen to Earth go up for sale, in what auction house Heritage Auctions is billing as […]
Upcoming Auction Is Your Chance To Own A Piece Of Space
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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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It May Be Snowing Dry Ice On Mars’ South Pole

[credit provider=”NASA/JPL-Caltech”] New observations by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate that there may be “dry ice” snow falling on the Red Planet’s South Pole.This “dry ice snow” would be made up of frozen solid particles of what we know as the gas carbon dioxide — but frozen so cold that […]
It May Be Snowing Dry Ice On Mars’ South Pole
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New Theory Splinters Hope That Mars Once Supported Life

[credit provider=”Shutterstock/razlomov”] Past observations from Mars orbiters and exploration rovers gave scientists hope that water once existed in shallow lakes on Mars. Some of this evidence was based on clay minerals found on Mars, thought only to form in the presence of liquid water. This was exciting because the presence […]
New Theory Splinters Hope That Mars Once Supported Life
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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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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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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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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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Meet The Family Who Lives On Mars Time: Breakfast At 3 P.M., Lunch At 8 P.M., Dinner At 2:30 A.M.

[credit provider=”Los Alamos National Laboratory via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/losalamosnatlab/7713482086/sizes/l/”] A Martian day, called a Sol, is about 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than a 24-hour Earth day. This is because Mars has a slower rotation than Earth does. For the engineers, scientists, drivers and planners working on Curiosity, this means they […]
Meet The Family Who Lives On Mars Time: Breakfast At 3 P.M., Lunch At 8 P.M., Dinner At 2:30 A.M.
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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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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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India Wants To Send A Probe To Mars By 2013

[credit provider=”AP/M. Lakshman” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=dl&id=85509d3404b941ccabb0d66613a48fc9&showact=results&sort=relevance&sh=10&kwstyle=and&dbm=PY2007&adte=1345060667&ish=x&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=85509d3404b941ccabb0d66613a48fc9&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] India is hoping to send its first spacecraft to Mars by next year in new $82 million plan, according to Bloomberg.The timing is key — every 26 months, Mars reaches a point in its orbit which brings it closest to Earth. India hopes to capitalise on […]
India Wants To Send A Probe To Mars By 2013
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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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New Mars Research Suggests That ‘Marsquakes’ Are Possible

[credit provider=”MRO/Allan Treiman “] The surface of Mars has been shaped by plate tectonics in the recent past, a new study suggests, making the Red Planet perhaps a better candidate to host life than scientists had thought. Mars may even experience seismic shifts, or ‘Marsquakes,’ every million years or so.Scientists […]
New Mars Research Suggests That ‘Marsquakes’ Are Possible
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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
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These Are The Conditions A Human Would Face On Mars

[credit provider=”Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.” url=”http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/multimedia/pia15282.html”] NASA’s Curiosity rover has only just begun its two-year search for evidence of life on Mars. But eventually, humans will also be sent to explore the fourth planet from the Sun.We already have an idea of what astronauts will chow down on during their […]
These Are The Conditions A Human Would Face On Mars
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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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Awesome Higher-Resolution Image From The Curiosity Rover

Here’s the first higher-resolution image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover inside Gale Crater. It was beamed back to Earth about two hours after landing and is twice as big in pixel size as the images sent back from the rover within the first few minutes of landing. 
Awesome Higher-Resolution Image From The Curiosity Rover
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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