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Curiosity’s road trip on Mars

Curiosity’s road trip on Mars

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION /  NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Digital processing: Damia Bouic] Landing in mid-2012, the Curiosity rover is searching for clues of whether life could ever have existed on the red planet [and has found] evidence for an ancient (but now dried) freshwater lake…. To continue its investigation, the car-sized rover is […]

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Seen from Mars, Earth and the moon are two bright ‘evening stars’

Seen from Mars, Earth and the moon are two bright ‘evening stars’

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet as a bright light in the Martian sky, with the moon shining nearby. The rover apparently watched the Martian sunset, then photographed Earth in the night sky […]

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Curiosity’s road trip to Glenelg, Mars

Curiosity’s road trip to Glenelg, Mars

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Curiosity is on the move across Mars — but where is it going? The car-sized rover’s path after 29 Martian days on the surface is shown on the above map. Curiosity is still almost 300 meters from its first major destination, though, a meeting of different types of terrain […]

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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 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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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 […]