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Curiosity

  1. Could Plants Grow on Mars? Proposed Mission Wants to Find Out

    "Bring me a shrubbery!" —Mars Curiosity Rover... probably.

    Just because no life has been found on Mars, doesn't mean life couldn't survive there—right? That's the thought behind a proposed mission that would attempt to grow a plant on the Martian surface when the next rover lands there in 2021. Besides sprucing up the place, this could pave the way for long-term settlements.

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  2. LEGO’s Mars Curiosity Rover Set Is Now Available, but It’s Already out of Stock

    Please make a Bobak Ferdowsi minifig to go with this.

    The LEGO Mars Curiosity Rover set is finally available for sale, or was, briefly, before it sold out. We haven't seen any on eBay yet either, but when they do appear, they'll probably be somewhere between the $29.99 LEGO price, and the $2.5 billion price of the actual Curiosity mission.

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  3. It’s Raining Mars – Hallelujah! But Seriously, Bits Of Mars Are Falling to Earth As Meteorites

    We're all really sorry for that terrible headline.

    It's been speculated for decades that little bits of Mars have been raining down on the Earth, but Mars rover Curiosity has finally proven it: we're basically being aggressively assaulted by the red planet, and Martian rocks are just about everywhere.

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  4. Curiosity Has Found Water Bound Up in the Soil of Mars

    We want to go to Mars and give Curiosity a high five.

    The Curiosity rover has found water on Mars, or rather in Mars. The rover analyzed a soil sample and found it to be made up of about two percent water. It's not exactly an ocean, but it's significant. Curiosity was sent to Mars to find out if the planet could have once supported life, and water is a big component in that.

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  5. Curiosity Rover Basically Gets Its Learner’s Permit, Drives Itself With New Autonomous Navigation System

    No one likes a backseat driver. Not even robots on Mars.

    The Curiosity Rover tried out a new feature yesterday when it successfully tested out an automatic navigation system that let it decide for itself how to safely drive on Mars. Curiosity doesn't seem old enough to drive, but I guess it's ruled by Martian law at this point.

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  6. Rover Watches Mars’ Moons Pass One Another In The Night For First Time Ever [Video]

    Man, I wish we had two moons...

    Today, NASA demonstrated just how neat it would be if the Earth had two moons. This video, stitched together from numerous stills captured by the Mars Curiosity rover's Mast camera, offer the first look at Mars' larger moon, Phobos, passing in front of and blotting out the planet's smaller moon, Deimos.

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  7. New Study Suggests Snowfall on Mars

    Snowsuits that the little green men might have worn as of yet unconfirmed.

    While scientists are now certain that there was once water on Mars, there are still many questions about what that means. Questions linger over how much water there was, what form it may have taken, and what role it had in the Martian ecosystem. Researchers at Brown University have been studying some of these questions, and have found evidence to support the theory that the water regularly precipitated on Mars, suggesting a history of snowy seasons on the Red Planet.

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  8. Stop What You’re Doing and Look at This Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars

    In case you were wondering what your next desktop background should be...here you go. You're welcome.

    No, seriously, check it out. This is the first gigapixel image produced from almost 900 images snapped by the Curiosity Rover, and all billion-plus pixels of it are totally amazing. The clarity with which you can see the rocky landscape of the Red Planet, looking south from the it's perch at the so-called Rock Nest, is unmatched by any images we've seen. It's like being there. You can almost feel the Martian wind blowing crimson sand past you. You can see the amazing panorama courtesy of NASA right here, along with the option to view the image on a cylinder, look at raw and color-corrected versions, and of course zoom in to get a better look at the details of what certainly seems like every rock on the planet.

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  9. “Mars Rat” is Just a Rock on Mars, Not a Rat, Because Apparently People Need to Hear That

    Just because a rock looks like an animal doesn't mean that there's a rat on Mars, so everybody relax.

    I've seen this story popping up a few places, and it's been getting on my nerves. What you see in that picture is not some kind of Martian rat or lizard. It is a rock. It's not even a rock that looks that much like a rat or a lizard. Our brains are wired for us to recognize familiar shapes and see faces. That's all this is.

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  10. Buggy Curiosity Rover Retreats Back Into Safe Mode

    Following last week's momentous discovery that the chemistry of Mars could have once supported life, the Curiosity rover is on the fritz again. Engineers at NASA returned the rover to safe mode after noting a malfunction in its software, marking the second time in recent memory that the rover has needed to take a break and get its act together. In all fairness to Curiosity, though, finding evidence that an alien planet could once have supported life is probably tiring work, and we're not inclined to begrudge it a little nap in the wake of its biggest news yet. Little guy is all tuckered out!

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