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Category Archive: Mars

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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Nov 25 2012

Martian update

The TRUTH is out there. I WANT to believe ...

I’m sorry there is no update. Just lots of speculation. Because of the way it was initially presented to the media and subsequent backtracking by NASA it’s impossible to know if we should be hopeful or cynical:

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Nov 23 2012

Mars Curiosity may have found something “Earth shaking”

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Update: NASA isn’t saying what it is, still. But they have scheduled a presser for 3 Dec. Talk about firing up the rumor mill. By then Fox News will probably have a graphic up showing Obama-esque Martians coming for your guns. Is this it? We don’t know. No one’s saying what it is outside of the …

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Sep 28 2012

Curiosity strikes paydirt

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Mars Curiosity landed in the right place alright! Just a few steps from touchdown the one ton rover snapped this image showing what planetary geologists (Areologists?) say is a lead pipe cinch for an alluvial fan, i.e., freely flowing water:

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Sep 14 2012

More incredible Curiosity EDL video

The creator of this one provides some details at TPM. Amazing pic of the sun below

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Sep 13 2012

Curiosity to begin search for Martians

The penny in this image is part of a camera calibration target on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on Mars September 9, 2012. Credit AFP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

After a nail-biting entry and descent followed by firing off a few breathtaking images inside Gale Crater, Curiosity is about to begin the mission it was designed so well for. Prospecting for ancient biotic gold:

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