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The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

The Mars Rover Curiosity Digs a Little Deeper

On February 8th, the rover Curiosity used its drill to bore a hole into a slab of flat bedrock, marking the first time we have probed deeply into the interior of a Martian rock in search of the secrets of Mars' past it may hold.

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Mars Mountain Climbing Mashup!

Mars Mountain Climbing Mashup!

The comparison between Earth-side mountain exploration and the planned expedition by the Mars rover Curiosity came to my mind as I read a book my family got me over the holidays: Last Climb, the story of the legendary Mount Everest expeditions of George Leigh Mallory.

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Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

Placing a Bet on the Surface of Mars

As Curiosity gets ready to use its rock drill for the first time, we can hypothesize on what it will find.

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Still Curious About Mars in 2012

Still Curious About Mars in 2012

NASA is preparing to make a big announcement concerning Mars and a recent discovery by the SAM instrument on board the rover Curiosity, though has qualified the nature of the announcement to scientifically interesting, and not "earth-shaking" as the blogosphere has hyped it in speculation.

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News From Mars: A River Ran Through It

News From Mars: A River Ran Through It

NASA's Curiosity rover, now exploring the alluvium at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater for over two months, has struck pay dirt: the gravel and river stone conglomerate laid down by an ancient Martian stream!

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NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

NASA's New Mars Rover: Armed and Curious

Space exploration has caught up with science fiction (again): we have deployed laser-armed nuclear-powered robot on Mars, and nearly two weeks after landing, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the rover Curiosity, has fired that weapon on a Martian rock.

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NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

NASA's Roving Robotic Chemist Will Collect Clues For Life on Mars

Scientists are looking for elements and molecules that signify life as we know it. But even if they don’t find those molecules, minerals contain important information about the Martian environment. That could help scientists determine if life could have survived on the planet.

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Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

Mars Science Laboratory's Touchdown on The Red Planet

Last Sunday, NASA scored a long-distance touchdown…on Mars! The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed "Curiosity" is the largest, most complex spacecraft ever to have set down on the Red Planet.

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Treasure from the Sky

Treasure from the Sky

The recently authenticated fall of meteorites from Mars excites fever dreams as well as scientific fervor.

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A Most Earthly Mineral on Mars

A Most Earthly Mineral on Mars

The planet Mars tantalizes with its resemblance to parts of Earth. Now space geologists with their trusty field assistant, the rover Opportunity, have found gypsum veins there like those in our own countryside.

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Dumpster Diving on Mars

Dumpster Diving on Mars

Ready for another great adventure to that fabled world, Mars? How about an interplanetary dumpster dive? Curious? Come with us to Gale Crater.

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Opportunity's Endeavour

Opportunity's Endeavour

NASA's Opportunity rover has reached the goal of its three-year slog across the landscape of Mars!

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Producer's Notes: Searching for Life on Mars

Producer's Notes: Searching for Life on Mars

Science to the side, Mars has meant many things to us earthlings.

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To Boldly Go…Alone

To Boldly Go…Alone

The idea of a one-way, one-astronaut mission to Mars isn't brand new, even in the non-sci-fi world of real space exploration chatter, but it has recently resurfaced in the news.

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Reality Rocks:  Prospecting on Mars

Reality Rocks: Prospecting on Mars

It really is an amazing time to be alive: each new report from our exploration of space reminds me of the state of our knowledge of the solar system when I was a starry-eyed child, back in the 1960s.

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Mars Trek: The Next Generation

Mars Trek: The Next Generation

They just keep getting bigger and better-and curiouser. The next generation Mars rover-The Mars Science Laboratory, "Curiosity"-is well off the drawing board and into its gestation phase…no longer just the gleam in the eye of robotics engineers and Marsologists.

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Shifting Sands of Far-Off Lands

Shifting Sands of Far-Off Lands

What started out to be a workaday chore—replacing a broken motor in an exhibit—panned out to be a voyage of discovery to the shifting sands of another world.

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Martian Robot Roundup

Martian Robot Roundup

Out of about 17 successul Mars missions, three orbiters, two rovers, and maybe—MAYbe—one lander are still active.

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Spirit Digs a Little Deeper into Martian Geology

Spirit Digs a Little Deeper into Martian Geology

NASA's Mars rover Spirit has recently made an major accidental discovery in the course of trying to free itself from a sand trap….

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New Evidence of Martian Life Found in Antarctica?

New Evidence of Martian Life Found in Antarctica?

On Monday, November 30th, 2009, NASA/Johnson Space Center announced that a recent study strengthens the argument that chemical and structural features in a Martian meteorite—ALH84001—may be evidence of fossilized microbial life on Mars from the distant past.

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