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Mars

  1. Mars Opportunity Rover Will Have Its Memory Wiped

    I'm so sorry.

    The Mars Opportunity rover has been doing science on the red planet for over a decade, but it's been experiencing a lot of problems lately that have slowed it down, and it looks like the only solution is a memory wipe. When reached for comment, the rover responded, "You know, you could fix my glitches if you just try hot-wiring the fragment links and superseding the binary binary binary binary binary binary binary binary."

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  2. On The 30th Anniversary Of The Space Shuttle Discovery, Let’s Talk About Giant Rockets & Life On Mars

    In another 30 years the next generation might be reporting from Mars! Or at least, that's what I'd like to see happen. Also cats on mars.

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  3. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day Narrate a Video About the Mars Curiosity Rover

    More space videos narrated by these two please.

    Need some inspiration for why it's worth doing things like landing SUV-sized robots on other planets? Watch this video about the Mars Curiosity rover from Caltech. It's narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day, and it tells what we really sent to Mars—our curiosity.

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  4. NASA Unveils Plans for Its Next Mars Rover in 2020

    I hope Curiosity doesn't get jealous.

    We may not have found life on Mars so far, but it sure is getting crowded up there with all the robots running around. Today, NASA revealed what instruments its next Mars rover, planned for 2020, will take with it out of 58 proposals from around the world. That's twice the number of proposals they're used to getting for such missions—looks like everyone wants to get their ass science to Mars.

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  5. NASA Is Discussing Its 2020 #JourneyToMars Today at Noon ET, Watch it Live

    Get your ass to the live stream of NASA talking about getting their ass to Mars.

    NASA plans to send another rover to Mars in 2020, and they'll be discussing some of the details of that mission today. Included in those details will be what instruments the rover will carry, and that will give us an idea of exactly what it will be capable of looking for once it lands. You can watch the full announcement right here.

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  6. Simulated Mission to Mars Ends After Four Months on “Mars”

    Real World: Fake Mars?

    The area of interpersonal relationships between astronauts on a long-term mission to Mars is a bit of a gap in NASA's research. That's where the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission comes in. It spent four months studying what happens when a team of researchers in close-quarters under simulated Martian conditions stop being polite and start getting real.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: The Avengers Are Gathering At SDCC

    You thought I was going to say "assembling," didn't you?

    Bruce Banner himself posted this photo of himself and the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast gettin' it together at San Diego Comic-Con today. This looks like the best hang out. (via Instagram)

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  8. NASA Shows Off New Rover That Could Let Astronauts Cruise Around Mars

    One giant leap for rover kind?

    Getting humans to Mars is a goal NASA and other organizations hope to achieve in the near future, but what will we do when we get there? Why not drive around a bit? NASA has just the vehicle for the job with its omni-drive rover. It even has suit-ports so astronauts can hop out and check things out up close. I guess my only question is, hey NASA, can I borrow your car?

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  9. Martian Highlands Reveal Evidence of the Planet’s Watery Past, No Martian Highlanders Yet

    There can be only Mars One.

    A new map of an area of Mars' ancient highlands from the Planetary Science Institute adds more evidence to support plentiful water on ancient Mars. The map shows that water, over a long period of time, was an active force in shaping the Martian terrain.

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  10. NASA Has a Flying Saucer Now. Flying Saucers Are Cool.

    Now build a TARDIS!

    Turns out NASA does have a flying saucer, just probably not the one Agent Mulder, Dan Aykroyd, and that guy from Ancient Aliens thought they did. Yesterday NASA (finally) successfully tested their Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), and it could soon be used to land on Mars.

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