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Category Archive: Curiosity

Aug 15 2013

Mars Curiosity captures the hurtling moons of Barsoom

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Curiosity must have a pretty good eyeball on her, the little mobile probe phoned home with this overhead dance of the two Martian moons passing quietly in the dead of night. In fact, judging by the illumination, where half the moons are lit, that was near Martian midnight. It must have been colder than the …

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Jun 20 2013

Ancient Mars may have had an oxygen rich atmosphere

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New analysis of Martian rocks has one researcher saying long ago, Mars had significant quantities of free oxygen in the atmosphere.

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Jun 20 2013

NASA hits a billion-pixel lick: Zoom in on Mars

The billion-pixel Mars is a click away at the NASA homepage, the zoom feature makes it safe to load and view

The picture above taken by Mars Curiosity is detailed, but if you click it and go to the NASA homepage you’ll find a zoomable version that lets you zero in on tiny features in crisp detail like never before.

Jun 14 2013

Size does matter in space exploration: smaller might be way better

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Small probes the size of a human hand or smaller could be a big help to planetary exploration. Moore’s Law and tightening budgets could team up to make that technological leap sooner rather than later. In particular, small probes packed with microelectronics and advanced software capable of learning on the alien spot might bring the …

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Jan 06 2013

A little more from Mars Curiosity and clarity on the Flower

The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called "Snake River." Image taken Dec. 20, 2012.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

New analysis of a Martian meteor that found its way to earth shows a great deal of water in the planet’s crust. Meanwhile,

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Jan 04 2013

Curiosity and the Martian Flower

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Mars Curiosity has spotted an odd little feature in a nearby Martian rock. Shown above, at first glance any red-blooded skeptic would assume that’s a piece of the EDL package. But NASA scientists aren’t sure. For now it’s been dubbed the Flower:

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Dec 05 2012

Rover hill, rover dale, as we hit the dusty trail

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In the wake of the somewhat disappointing news about Mars Curiosity this week, there are reports of another rover in the works. That got me to think’n! We’re getting good at building these things and we might be on the cusp of a generalized rover design that would work in many places all over the solar system. …

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Dec 02 2012

Mars Curiosity news tomorrow … NOW STREAMING

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NOW STREAMING HERE First a researcher on the Mars Curiosity mission lit up the science blogosphere when he said the rover had found something ‘earth shaking’ for the ‘history books’ during Thanksgiving Week. Then NASA back peddled and clammed up leading to all sorts of speculation. Finally, news made the rounds last week that Curiosity hadn’t found much of …

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Nov 29 2012

Just in on Mars Curiosity

I just received this email from AAS press office Dr. Rick Feinberg on the findings of Mars Curiosity. The gist of it is speculations of a major find on Mars are incorrect. Full email below:

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Nov 26 2012

Meet the Methanogens

The great drying: Mars as it may have appeared billions of years ago on the left and Mars as it appears today far right

Most Americans are emerging bleary-eyed from a tryptophan induced coma today and grudgingly marching back to work after a glorious extended weekend. In this twittering multimedia digital world many stories compete for a slot on our rested minds. The scary looming fiscal cliff and backroom dealings in DC that might fail to ease us down its gentle slope, …

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