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  1. Just Because a Mysterious Rock Appeared on Mars Doesn’t Mean You Get to Be Excited

    Take it easy, Internet. The Martians haven't contacted us yet.

    A mysterious rock has appeared in front of a stationary Mars Rover, and no, it wasn't left by aliens. Yeah, we're bummed about it, too.

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  2. Meet Zephyr: The Windsailing Rover NASA May Use to Explore Venus

    Rollerskating rovers to be considered for runs on Saturn's rings.

    Because Venus, ranging from 24 to 162 million miles from Earth, is as close as any of us really want to get to a nightmarish hellscape, I suppose it makes sense that we haven't yet figured out a way to explore its surface. But that may soon change: NASA is considering sending a rover to the surface of the planet by making that rover a windsailer.

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  3. Nuts to April Fools’, We Want to Buy Sphero’s Giant Remote-Controlled Ball

    It never fails -- every April Fools' Day, a product or two comes along that I would absolutely buy. This year is no different, and the product is the Peacekeeper from Sphero -- a 3-foot-tall, 150-pound plastic ball that can be controlled from your mobile device. Who would want a device that turns every day of the users life into a giant, perpetual game of bowling for humans, you might ask? Who wouldn't? Get a look at the toy every kid will be dreaming of this Christmas below, and remember: Kickstarter is already a thing. If we want to hard enough, we can make something like this a reality. I believe in you, people of the Internet. Let's make this real.

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  4. 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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  5. You Can See Curiosity’s Tracks On Mars From Orbit

    See that newly formed set of tracks in Mars' Gale Crater? Those are the tracks left behind by the Curiosity rover, which can apparently be seen from orbit. Well, from orbit around Mars and with about a bazillion dollars worth of camera equipment, we mean. Still, it's pretty cool to see the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's latest shot of the rover's... rovings, I guess? It's good to know that there's a backup plan in place on the chance that NASA loses contact with the rover, even if being able to see where it's tracks suddenly end seems like a pretty low-tech solution to a potential problem. Keep reading for a bigger photo with more Mars goodness.

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  6. The Opportunity Rover is Alive and Well and Living on Mars

    The Curiosity rover has been making all the headlines lately, even if they are a little underwhelming, but its predecessor Opportunity is still out there doing its thing. The Opportunity rover has just completed a 1,160 foot "walkabout" around Matijevic Hill. Like an older sibling jealous of all the attention the new baby is getting, Opportunity is still exploring the surface of Mars and sending its data back to Earth. Its mission was only supposed to last a few months, but as it approaches its nine year anniversary on Mars, the Opportunity rover is still going strong.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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