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The scientists behind NASA’s $2.5 billion Curiosity rover mission on Mars on Tuesday explained the nature of a tiny, gleaming “flower” embedded in Red Planet rock, and revealed where they’ll be using the SUV-sized robot’s drill for the first time.
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The cameras on NASA’s Curiosity rover have been clicking away over the holidays — gathering enough pictures for a 360-degree panorama of its rocky surroundings at Yellowknife Bay, plus a close-up view showing a “Martian flower” seemingly sprouting from the surface.
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NASA today announced a $1.5 billion plan to build another Mars rover based on the design of its current Curiosity rover, with the intention of sending it to the Red Planet in 2020 and perhaps storing up samples for later return to Earth.
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Although NASA’s Curiosity rover hasn’t yet confirmed the detection of organic compounds on Mars, it’s already seeing that the Red Planet’s soil contains water and more complex chemicals — including signs of an intriguing compound called perchlorate.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed its first soil analysis of the Red Planet with no sign of organic material, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday.
“Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect,” NASA said in a statement. “At this point, the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics.”
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has some plans this Thanksgiving, and they don’t involve watching football in a food-coma stupor.
“Thanksgiving isn’t so different on Mars. I had a long drive & plan to take photos. No pie, though,” the Curiosity team said via the rover’s official Twitter feed, @MarsCuriosity.
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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.
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It looks as if someone is taking portraits of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars from a few feet away — but wait a minute: Who’s the photographer?
The answer is that Curiosity itself is responsible for the pictures, with strong assists from image-processing gurus. These views show the six-wheeled, nuclear-powered mobile laboratory at a geological site of interest known as Glenelg, as of Sol 84 (Oct. 31). They were assembled from imagery captured by the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI, looking backward from the end of the rover’s 7-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) robotic arm.
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NASA’s Curiosity rover will scoop up its first batch of Martian soil samples this weekend, scientists announced Thursday.
The 1-ton Curiosity rover arrived at a sandy patch called “Rocknest” on Wednesday. Mission scientists have deemed it a good spot for the robot’s maiden scooping activities, which should begin Saturday, if all goes according to plan.
Mars rover Curiosity continues to court social media with a cheeky “check-in” on Mars using the popular location-based social network Foursquare.
Curiosity checked in at Gale Crater midday Wednesday (that is, midday on Earth in North America), leaving a comment and a “tip” about the location.
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Over the next few months, NASA will map out a strategy for returning bits of Martian rock and soil to Earth, so scientists can study them for signs of past Red Planet life.
That ambitious goal should drive the space agency’s next steps at Mars, according to a report released Tuesday by the Mars Program Planning Group. The report also lays out several ways Mars sample-return can be accomplished over the next decade or two, and NASA is reviewing those options now.
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More than a month after landing, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally ready for its close-ups, and they’re coming in bunches: After taking its own profile picture, the six-wheeled robot has snapped a series of images that show its flat-as-a-board belly.
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NASA’s newest Mars rover Curiosity is taking its first tentative drives across the Martian surface and leaving tracks that have been spotted all the way from space in a spectacular photo snapped by an orbiting spacecraft.
Hip-hop musician Will.i.am’s “Reach for the Stars” officially became the first song broadcast from Mars today, thanks to a signal beamed from NASA’s Curiosity rover.
“This is the first time that a song’s ever come from another planet,” Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for education and a former astronaut, told students at an educational event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.