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Mars Flooding Evidence Further Points To Planet’s Wet Past Mars Flooding Evidence Further Points To Planet’s Wet Past
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Mars flooding seems about as likely as finding extraterrestrial life on the planet, but new evidence suggests the red planet really was subject to intense flooding during its lifetime. NASA announced today the results of a study conducted by its …

Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers Mars Rover Curiosity Swaps Computers
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NASA announced today that Mars rover Curiosity has switched onboard computers as a result of a “memory issue” experienced on its active computer. The issue has brought research by the rover to a halt. The swap to the rover’s redundant …

Mars Rover Curiosity Analyzes Rock Powder Mars Rover Curiosity Analyzes Rock Powder

NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity has successfully placed two small samples of rock powder into its “compact laboratories” for analysis. “Data from the instruments have confirmed the deliveries,” said Jennifer Trosper, Curiosity Mission Manager oat NASA’s Jet …

Mars Rover Curiosity Shows Off Its First Drill Sample Mars Rover Curiosity Shows Off Its First Drill Sample

Last week, Mars rover Curiosity, after months of meticulous planning, finally used its hammering drill to collect a sample of Martian rock dust. Today, NASA scientists have released images confirming that the first-ever sample of drilled rock dust is safely …

Google Hires Mars Rover Driver (And He’s Very Concerned About Evil) Google Hires Mars Rover Driver (And He’s Very Concerned About Evil)
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Google has hired NASA Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell, saying he will be working on “high-reliability” software. We’re happy to welcome Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell to Google! He’ll be working on high-reliability software: goo.gl/6MbJH — Life at Google (@googlejobs) …

Space Laser Could Detect Counterfeit Foods, Past Life on Mars Space Laser Could Detect Counterfeit Foods, Past Life on Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) today revealed that a laser developed to measure carbon on Mars could soon be used to detect counterfeit food. The device, called a laser isotope ratio-meter, was developed from bulkier laser techniques that needed samples …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drills a Rock, Makes History Mars Rover Curiosity Drills a Rock, Makes History
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After months of careful planning and tests, Mars rover Curiosity has finally used its hammering drill to collect a bedrock sample on Mars. The event marks the first time any rover has drilled into a rock on the red planet. …

Mars Rover Curiosity Pounds a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Pounds a Rock

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity is closer than ever to the first full use of its hammering drill. Over the weekend the rover completed a successful test of the drill’s percussive action. The “drill-on-rock checkout” left a mark …

Mars Rover Curiosity Braces For Drilling Mars Rover Curiosity Braces For Drilling

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been preparing to use its hammering drill for the first time. It now appears that the rover’s first drill test is now imminent. Researchers announced that they have placed the drill …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Nighttime Photos Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Nighttime Photos

NASA announced today that Mars rover Curiosity has used the camera on its arm to take pictures at night. The photos were of a rock named “Sayunei,” which Curiosity had purposely scuffed with its left-front wheel to uncover dust-free materials. …

Mars Rover Opportunity Celebrates 9 Years on Mars Mars Rover Opportunity Celebrates 9 Years on Mars

Though the focus of 2012 was the new Curiosity rover, NASA’s Opportunity rover is still exploring the Martian landscape. The rover has now been examining the red planet for nine years. This week NASA revealed that Opportunity is currently examining …

Mars Lake May Once Have Filled Martian Crater Mars Lake May Once Have Filled Martian Crater

While Mars Rover Curiosity is busy drilling rocks, NASA‘s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has provided new evidence of a possibly wet underground environment on Mars. The new evidence comes from Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) data of a …

Mapping The Moon And Mars Discussed At Google Mapping The Moon And Mars Discussed At Google

Google put up a new At Google talk with Ross Beyer from the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute and Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, who discusses making maps to explore the Earth, the Moon and …

Fake Mars Mission Revealed Sleep Pattern Difficulties Fake Mars Mission Revealed Sleep Pattern Difficulties
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A little over one year ago, six fake astronauts returned to the real world after spending 520 days in isolation. They were part of the Mars500 experiment, created to simulate a manned mission to the planet Mars. During their stay …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drilling Rock Chosen Mars Rover Curiosity Drilling Rock Chosen

For more than a month now, Mars Rover Curiosity has been preparing to test its hammering drill on a Martian rock. The rover team took great pains to scan a low-lying area called “Yellowknife Bay” for the perfect rock specimen. …

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 …

Growing veggies on Mars a Goal For Chinese Biodome Growing veggies on Mars a Goal For Chinese Biodome
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One of the major hurdles to sending humans to Mars is their pesky predilection for eating. The amount of food needed for astronauts during a months-long trip to Mars and back would weight too much to make such a mission …

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. …