Curiosity rover snaps 1st photos of Mars at night

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has captured its first nighttime view of the Red Planet using a camera and ultraviolet light on its robotic arm.

Mars Curiosity rover team looks back at ‘flower,’ looks ahead to drilling

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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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Curiosity rover studies rocks and a ‘flower’ on Mars

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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.

NASA plans Mars rover remake for 2020

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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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Mars rover finds complex chemicals but no organic compounds … yet

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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.

No organic material discovered on Mars yet, NASA says

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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."

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Thanksgiving on Mars: Working holiday for Curiosity rover

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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.

Curiosity’s Mars discovery called ‘one for history books’

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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.