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Mars Science Laboratory

  1. Mars Science Laboratory Data Suggests Trip to Mars Could Give You Cancer

    Space travel is dangerous, you guys.

    Space travel can be pretty dangerous. The Space Shuttle Challenger or Columbia explosions come to mind, but technical failures aren't the only problem we face. One of the big ones we'll have to confront as we go forward with manned missions is the prospect of major radiation exposure during flight. Thanks to data from the Mars Science Laboratory, researchers have calculated the amount of radiation it received during its trip to Mars. The results? Not great unless you like the idea of having cancer.

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  2. Curiosity Begins Analysis of Mars Rock Named After Late NASA Engineer

    What better way to honor NASA engineers that have passed away than to name Martian rocks after them? The obvious answer is to then perform science on those rocks. That's what's happened to Jacob Matijevic -- the person -- after he passed away at the end of August. Matijevic had been the surface operations systems chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity rover prior to his death. In a somewhat morbid twist, Curiosity is now performing science on the rock named after the man.

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  3. NASA’s Curiosity Lands Successfully on Surface of Mars

    In the wee hours of the morning, NASA successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars. To rephrase, a one-ton moving laboratory completed that included a detachable heat shield, supersonic parachute, rocket boosters, completed maneuvers that led to a sky crane lowering it to the surface. Just for a moment, let that all sink in. Now that it has landed, images are starting to trickle back from the distant planet.

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  4. Mars Science Laboratory Lifts Off on Trek to the Red Planet

    NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called Curiosity, blasted off today from Cape Canaveral, FL atop an Atlas V rocket on its way to Mars. The ambitious mission will place the most advanced space rover yet conceived on the red planet, in hopes of discerning whether Mars has ever been home to microbial life. Following today's successful 10 AM launch, the rover will cruise to Mars arriving in August 2012. See video of this morning's launch, after the break.

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  5. NASA Set to Launch Next Mars Rover, Curiosity, This Week

    Though the launch of the new Mars rover, Curiosity, was delayed for two years, that didn't stop what we all hope will be the little rover that could, as NASA is set to launch the rover this week, on Saturday, November 26. Launching from Florida's venerable Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after a one day delay caused by a rocket battery problem, Curiosity will set out to determine if Mars ever supported, or still supports, microbial life. Yes, technically, Curiosity's job is to determine if there is -- or ever was -- alien life.

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