Mars

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Curiosity eyes Mt. Sharp from a crater on Mars, and prepares to go there

Curiosity eyes Mt. Sharp from a crater on Mars, and prepares to go there

The light peak is Mt. Sharp — an eventual destination of the Curiosity rover. … Curiosity’s is already on the move crossing the intermediate gravel field toward an interesting terrain feature named Glenelg. Curiosity has also already started analyzing its surroundings by zapping a nearby rock with its laser to analyze the chemical composition of […]

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What are those curiosities spotted from Mars? Pixels or UFOs?

What are those curiosities spotted from Mars? Pixels or UFOs?

TO ZOOM, CLICK ON THE IMAGE. When Curiosity first touched down on Mars, Internet pranksters were quick to mock up photographs of alien life on the alien landscape. But it seems NASA has itself captured something very strange on camera, including a strange white light dancing across the horizon of the red planet, and four […]

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Curiosity’s view of the wall of Gale Crater on Mars

Curiosity’s view of the wall of Gale Crater on Mars

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE, CLICK ON IMAGE] The above image … is a high resolution version of a distant wall of Gale Crater captured by the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars last week. A corresponding true color image exists showing how this scene actually appears on Mars. The robotic Curiosity rover continues to check […]

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Curiosity opens its eyes on Mars

Curiosity opens its eyes on Mars

[FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW] You’ve just landed on Mars and opened your eyes — what do you see? If you’re the Curiosity rover, you see a strange gravelly place with a large mountain in the distance. You’ve landed on target near the edge of 150-km wide Gale Crater, with Mount Sharp on […]

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Photo captures Curiosity’s descent to Mars’ Gale Crater

Photo captures Curiosity’s descent to Mars’ Gale Crater

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Just as it captured the Phoenix lander parachuting to Mars in 2008, the HiRise camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) snapped this picture of the Curiosity rover’s spectacular descent toward its landing site on August 5 (PDT). The nearly 16 meter (51 foot) wide parachute and its payload […]

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Team USA geeks score with seventh successful Mars landing

Team USA geeks score with seventh successful Mars landing

The truth is that only the United States has had the knowledge and moxie to successfully land a vehicle on Mars. We have now done it seven times, and no other nation has really come particularly close.  And with the touchdown of the one-ton and highly sophisticated Curiosity, the U.S. has reached a whole new […]

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Weather on Mars for ‘Curiosity’s landing: Dry and cold with a slight chance of dust

Weather on Mars for ‘Curiosity’s landing: Dry and cold with a slight chance of dust

PASADENA, Calif. — About 34 hours from the Mars rover Curiosity’s landing (scheduled for 01:31 am Eastern time on Monday), NASA brought us the latest weather forecast from the surface — dry and cold, with a slight chance of dust. Slight is good. Earlier this week, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted a dust storm south […]

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Wanted: Robot spelunkers for this hole in Mars

Wanted: Robot spelunkers for this hole in Mars

What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image. Analysis […]

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Mars up close, if not personal

Mars up close, if not personal

Click here for high-resolution image. From fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago, a newly completed view from the panoramic camera on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain where the voyaging robot spent the Martian winter. This scene, recorded from the mast-mounted color camera includes the rover’s […]