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Curiosity Rover Descends To The Martian Surface [VIDEO]

Like many people who dreamed of being an astronaut when they were kids, I’m pretty awestruck when it comes to anything NASA (and space in general). Because of that, I’ve been anxiously awaiting any updates from NASA concerning the Curiosity rover (MSL), the one-ton exploration vehicle that just landed on the surface of Mars. We know that all of the …

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New Mars Photos Coming Later This Week; Bigger, and in Color

UPDATE: NASA has released the first video of the descent. Since the Curiosity rover landed safely on the surface of Mars earlier today, we’ve only been treated to a few black and white photos from the rover’s rear Hazcam. Of course, “only” kind of sells it short, and simply is relative to what’s coming. The few images that we’ve received …

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Curiosity Rover Photographed Parachuting To Mars

Earlier this morning, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity made a safe and intact landing onto the surface of Mars, inside the Gale crater next to a three-mile high mountain. The nearly one-ton rover completed a nine-month journey by acing the landing, making way for a two year expedition to determine whether the planet’s past included some traces of microbial life. If …

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Mars Rover: NASA Celebrates the Curiosity Landing [PHOTOS]

Early this morning (around 1:32 am EDT), the most advanced Mars rover in the history of the space program touched down on the surface of Mars. The nearly 2,000-pound Curiosity executed a complex series of entry and landing maneuvers and landed safely on the surface, next to a three-mile high mountain. It’s a truly wonderful day for space enthusiasts, science …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Safely Lands, Begins Two-Year Mission

After a trip that took around nine months, the most advanced rover ever produced by NASA has successfully landed on the surface of Mars. According to the Mars Science Laboratory everything went according to plan, as Curiosity aced each step in the most complex landing ever to take place on Mars to date. Curiosity touched down at 1:32 am EDT …

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NASA Enlists SpaceX To Send Americans Back To Space

SpaceX is doing it. The company created by PayPal/Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk, is going to send people into space. Follow @SpaceX SpaceX @SpaceX SpaceX Selected by @NASA to Return Americans to Space! http://t.co/1yvIHDqO  Reply  ·  Retweet  ·  Favorite1 hour ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto The company became the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space …

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Google Shows You A Gallery Of Timelapse Videos Of The Earth’s Surface From Space

Google has teamed up with the USGS and Carnegie Mellon University to make available timelapse videos of the Earth’s surface from the Landsat satellite program, in honor of the program’s 40th anniversary. “Over the years, Landsat has collected petabytes of images offering an historic perspective on planetary change that can help scientists, independent researchers, and nations make informed economic and …

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Mars Rover Gives Us an Amazingly Detailed View of an Alien World

Newsflash: I’m never going to Mars. As much as it pains me to say it, I’ll probably never set foot on the planet. Instead, I have to live vicariously through motion pictures, computer games — “Zak McCracken and the Alien Mindbenders” will always be my Mars-related PC game of choice — and high-definition panoramic images such as the one you …

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New Photo of Saturn Shows Just How Freakishly Big It Is

The big gaseous giant called Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun in our Solar System, is typically remembered because of the multiple rings that encircle the planet. However, it’s also a e-freaking-normous planet. At 95 times more massive than Earth and with a radius 9 times the equatorial radius of Earth, Saturn easily claims the prize of the second-largest …

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NASA Takes Delivery Of Orion Space Capsule

NASA’s plan for the immediate future is quite simple. Go to the Moon, go to an asteroid, go to Mars. Not in that specific order but that it what we are looking at as the essential missions in the next 30 years for the space agency. Since the retirement of the shuttle the question has continually been, how? Well that …

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Chinese Astronauts Make Their Triumphant Return to Earth

Chinese astronauts, two men and one woman, have made their way back to Earth inside an extremely cramped and very charred space capsule. The trio touched down on Friday in the northern part of China, their landing softened considerably by the use of a large parachute. Their triumphant return after a 13-day trip into space was broadcast across the country …

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So Are These Photos of Earth or the TRON Mainframe?

If you guessed Earth, or at least some aspect of Earth, give yourself an extra latte today. These photos were taken from the International Space Station using an extended exposure (although up in space like that, who knows exactly how extended the exposure would need to be) in order to capture the intersecting light trails of both the stars and …

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