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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 …

Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Surprises on Mars
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Just after the Mars rover Curiosity completed its first scoop of Martian soil, project leaders halted the testing process when a small piece of unknown junk was found in one of the pictures. It turns out the refuse is harmless, …

Mars Rover Curiosity Scoops Martian Soil for the First Time [VIDEO]
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Last week, NASA announced that they were in preparations to begin the surface testing phase of the Curiosity mission, meaning that they were about to start scooping up Martian soil. And now, NASA has revealed the first photo and video …

Mars Rover Curiosity Preparing to Analyze Martian Dirt

NASA researchers have begun preparing Mars rover Curiosity to scoop up Martian soil for testing. The rover was designed to be capable of placing soil into its analytical instruments, but these capabilities have not been tested since its arrival on …

Mars Rover Curiosity is Now Using Foursquare
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NASA today announced that the Mars rover Curiosity has begun using Foursquare to “check in” on Mars. Curiosity checked-in from Gale Crater earlier today, marking the first check-in on another planet. Foursquare users can follow the rover’s progress and see …

Mars Rover Joins Foursquare, Checks-in at Gale Crater Mars Rover Joins Foursquare, Checks-in at Gale Crater

Having checked-in at nearly every place on Earth, it’s about time Foursquare users have moved on to another planet. But in order to do this, the social network needed a brand new member. Luckily, the Mars rover Curiosity has obliged. …

Mars Rover Opportunity to Thoroughly Examine Matijevic Hill

While Mars rover Curiosity might be getting all the attention these days, Mars rover Opportunity is still active during it’s ninth year on Mars. Starting this week, Opportunity will spend weeks or months investigating the unique geological feature of a …

Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Ancient Streambed on Mars
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While much of the excitement surrounding the landing of NASA’s newest rover on Mars was about the thrill of interplanetary exploration or the prospect of finding life on the red planet, many of the discoveries uncovered by the Curiosity rover …

Mars Rover Curiosity Stops to Check Out a Rock
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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity this week stopped to examine a football-sized rock on the way to its current destination. The rover stopped about 8 feet out from the rock, which has been named “Jake Matijevic” after the surface operations systems …

Watch the Curiosity Rover’s Descent at 30 FPS
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NASA’s original video of the Curiosity rover’s descent was amazing, fascinating, incredible, awe-inspiring, and worthy of every other superlative you can think of. But the video was on rendered at 4 FPS. Last month, one YouTube user uploaded an amazing …

Mars Rover Curiosity Snaps A Self Shot

In news that proves robots are just like us, the Mars Curiosity rover has now officially beamed back its first-ever self shot to NASA headquarters. “On Sept. 7th, the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain …

Mars Rover Beams a Human Voice Back to Earth
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The current Curiosity rover mission to Mars just keeps getting cooler by the day, as NASA continues to release new images from the rover’s main cameras. Looking at the surface of Mars is awe-inspiring in its own right, but now …

Mars Rover Sends New Photos of the Martian Landscape
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The Mars rover Curiosity has already sent back some preliminary photos of its newly named Bradbury Landing site. It also recently completed its first test drive, leaving its tracks in the Martian surface for the first time. This week new …

Mars Hoax Day Lives On In The Year Of Curiosity
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Today, August 27, has come to be known in some circles as Mars Hoax Day, and with the Mars Curiosity rover in action, there’s plenty of room for hoax. The hoax, however, comes from well before Curiosity’s time. It originated …

The Curiosity Rover Descent Video Gets a 25 FPS Makeover

Last week, NASA finally released the full-res video of the Curiosity rover descent – and it was incredible. Watching the nearly one-ton machine parachute down to the Martian surface is awe-inspiring at 4 frames per second, albeit a bit choppy. …

Angry Birds Go To Mars, Hijack the Curiosity Rover
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Rovio launched Angry Birds Space back in March, and it quickly tallied millions upon millions of downloads. Now, they’ve just updated the app to include a new episode. Capitalizing on the popularity of NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, Angry Birds Space: …

Ray Bradbury Honored With Mars Rover Landing Site

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced yesterday that it has dubbed the landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity “Bradbury Landing” in honor of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. It was the Curiosity science team that chose to honor Bradbury, who passed …

India Announces Mars Mission One Week After Curiosity Landing
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It was expected that NASA, and by extension the U.S., would be the envy of the world after they successfully landed the Curiosity Mars Rover on the red planet last week. Nobody expected that envy to materialize into a real …

Somebody Wants Anonymous To Hack The Curiosity Mars Rover Somebody Wants Anonymous To Hack The Curiosity Mars Rover
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The Curiosity Mars Rover landing is one of the most significant engineering and scientific events of the year. The guys at NASA are super proud and we are all lucky to see the beautiful photos it’s sending back. It seems …

Mars Rover Team Congratulated by President Obama

It’s been one week since the Mars Science Laboratory’s rover Curiosity was lowered to the surface of Mars. Since then, the world has been treated to high-res images of the Gale crater landing site, a color panorama of the Martian …

Curiosity Beams Back First Color Panorama of Mars
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Well, this is cool. Earlier in the week, NASA promised us bigger, color photos from the surface of Mars. And what do you know, mark them good on their word. That’s because the Curiosity rover has just sent the first …