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Mars Rover Curiosity Tidies Up a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Tidies Up a Rock

Though most of Mars rover Curiosity‘s on-board tools have already been used successfully, a few specific instruments remain to be tested. One of those instruments is the rover’s hammering drill, which it is preparing to test on a rock in …

Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Mars Exploration Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Mars Exploration

The Mars Rover Curiosity team stationed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had a big year in 2012. Aside from nailing the rover’s landing, the researchers kept Mars hours for months while testing Curiosity’s capabilities. So, during the holidays the …

Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares to Drill a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Prepares to Drill a Rock

Nearly all of the instruments packed into Mars rover Curiosity‘s frame have been utilized, but once crucial test has yet to be performed. NASA scientists will soon use Curiosity’s percussive drill to powder the interior of a rock for analysis, …

Mars Rover Curiosity to Drill Rocks in Yellowknife Bay Mars Rover Curiosity to Drill Rocks in Yellowknife Bay

NASA reported this week that Mars Rover Curiosity recently drove 19 meters (63 feet) toward an area called “Yellowknife Bay. The drive represents the rover’s fourth consecutive driving day since leaving an outcrop called “Point Lake.” Curiosity has now driven …

New Mars Rover Set to Launch in 2020 New Mars Rover Set to Launch in 2020

NASA this week announced that it has plans to send a new robotic science rover to Mars in 2020. The news comes just after the agency revealed the results of a full analysis of Martian soil by Mars rover Curiosity. …

Mars Rover Opportunity Completes Walkabout of Matijevic Hill Mars Rover Opportunity Completes Walkabout of Matijevic Hill

NASA announced today that Mars rover Opportunity has completed a reconnaissance circuit around an area named “Matijevic Hill.” Opportunity began its study of the location at the beginning of October. The site is named after Jacob Matijevic, who led the …

Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fully Analyzed Martian Soil Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fully Analyzed Martian Soil

Mars Rover Curiosity has now used each of its on-board instruments to analyze Martian soil. Though researchers have found a complex chemistry in the soil on Mars, they haven’t found what would be considered a major discovery: carbon-based organic compounds …

Dust Storm on Mars Now Dissipating Dust Storm on Mars Now Dissipating

NASA this week announced that a dust storm on Mars appears to be dissipating, instead of growing into a global storm. The dust storm has been tracked since November 10 using the Mars Color Imager camera on the Mars Reconnaissance …

Mars Rover Curiosity Celebrates a Milestone Mars Rover Curiosity Celebrates a Milestone
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This week marks one year since Mars rover Curiosity launched on the Mars Science Laboratory from Cape Canaveral on Earth. Today, NASA provided a few statistics on the “new” rover to celebrate the occasion. Though Curiosity has only been on …

Mars Rovers Detect Regional Dust Storm Effects Mars Rovers Detect Regional Dust Storm Effects

A recent regional Martian dust storm has grown large enough for both of the functioning NASA Mars rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, to detect atmospheric changes on opposite sides of the red planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking the …

Mars Rover Curiosity On the Move Again, With Rumors of a “Big” Discovery Mars Rover Curiosity On the Move Again, With Rumors of a “Big” Discovery
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After spending weeks stationed at the “Rocknest” site scooping up soil samples, Mars rover Curiosity this past week got the chance to once again drive across the surface of Mars. NASA announced today that over the weekend the rover first …

Mars Rover Curiosity Measures Wind, Radiation Patterns on Mars Mars Rover Curiosity Measures Wind, Radiation Patterns on Mars

NASA announced today that, aside from scooping and analyzing Martian soil, Mars rover Curiosity’s measurements of wind and radiation patterns on Mars are helping researchers better understand the environment near the surface of Mars. Researchers with the Mars Science Laboratory …

Mars Rover Curiosity Chemically Analyzes Martian Soil Mars Rover Curiosity Chemically Analyzes Martian Soil

Mars rover Curiosity has placed the first solid sample of Martian soil into its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. The sample’s chemical makeup has been analyzed, looking specifically for compounds found in environments that can support life. The results …

Mars Rover Curiosity Team Switches to Earth Time Mars Rover Curiosity Team Switches to Earth Time
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NASA announced today that the Mars rover Curiosity team will be switching back to Earth time. The team has spent the three months since Curiosity landed on Mars operating on Martian time. Mars has a day (called a “sol” by …

Mars Rover Curiosity Reveals Loss of Mars’ Atmosphere Mars Rover Curiosity Reveals Loss of Mars’ Atmosphere

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is now helping scientists understand how much of its original atmosphere the red planet may have lost. The data could help researchers predict whether Mars was ever habitable. Using its on-board Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) …

Angry Birds and NASA Detail Mars Rover Curiosity’s Mission Angry Birds and NASA Detail Mars Rover Curiosity’s Mission

Anyone who has played Angry Birds Space knows that the game contains a satellite that links to a NASA mobile web page that educates kids on the effects of microgravity and that Angry Birds celebrated the landing of NASA’s Curiosity …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Mineralogy Analysis Shows Basaltic-Like Soil Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Mineralogy Analysis Shows Basaltic-Like Soil
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NASA today announced the results of Mars rover Curiosity’s initial analysis of the soil it has been scooping now for weeks. The results show that the Martian soil around the “Rocknest” area resembles weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in …

Mars Rover Curiosity Still Scooping Away Mars Rover Curiosity Still Scooping Away
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Mars rover Curiosity continued to sample soil at the dusty “Rocknest” location on Mars this week. The rover has been stationed at the site for nearly one Earth month. The rover this week used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop
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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took its fourth scoop of Martian soil over the weekend and yesterday was issued commands to place a bit of the sample into the rover’s Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Another sieved portion of the scoop …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed
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Earlier this week, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had taken its third scoop of Martian soil. Based on a previously announced plan, the third scoop was to be the first sample analyzed by Curiosity’s on-board equipment. Today NASA announced …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil

NASA has announced that Mars rover Curiosity will take its third scoop of Martian soil sometime today. While this may be the third scoop for the rover, it’s the first one that will be placed into its on-board equipment for …