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Space Selfies Are the Best Selfies

No space duckface, sadly.

Just because you exit the stratosphere doesn't mean you can escape the pull of the selfie.

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NASA and Nissan Team Up to Build Self-Driving Cars. Sadly, They Won’t Fly.

Probably. (Definitely.)

Flying cars aren't going to make the October 21, 2015 Back to the Future deadline, but self-driving cars just might if NASA has anything to say about it.

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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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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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Curiosity Rover May Risk Life In Dangerous “Dingo Gap”

Maybe the dingo will eat our rover.

This week NASA is deliberating sending their Curiosity rover on an expedition into Dingo Gap- a mission that they admit could bring an end to Curiosity's quest for knowledge, and leaving her to die a lonely death far from our comforting embrace.

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NASA Gets Sued For Not Noticing That Mars Mystery Rock Is Totally An Alien

You got served, NASA!

The Case of The Jelly Doughnut-Rock On Mars has yet to be cracked, and in an extreme development yesterday, one alien enthusiast is even suing NASA for failing to pursue the extraterrestrial origins of Pinnacle Island. Thanks to the e-mails that we've also been getting from the Plaintiff, we can tell you exactly why he's pursuing legal action.

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William Shatner Thinks Martians Might Be Throwing Rocks At Our Rover

Stop confusing people and go find us some cheap plane tickets, Shats old boy!

The case of the jelly-doughnut rock on Mars is still being cracked, and at a NASA panel reflecting on the Rovers' accomplishments, it was revealed that even late-to-the-game William Shatner thinks Martians might be behind the mysteriously composed rock.

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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 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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It Seems That NASA Has Drawn a Giant Penis on the Surface of Mars

We love photos from space as much as the next guy, but there are some pictures we probably never need to see. Like when one of NASA's Mars rovers leaves a distinctly phallic line of tracks in the dirt, inscribing what looks for all the world like the sort of crude drawing of a penis you can see on men's room walls the world over on the face of another planet. 

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Amateur Astronomers May Have Found Long Lost Russian Mars Lander

 Mars 3

In 1971 , Russia put the first lander on Mars that survived its touchdown on the Red Planet, as Mars 3 was able to transmit data back from Mars to Earth -- for a grand total of nearly 15 seconds. After that amazing quarter of a minute, Mars 3 went dark for unknown reasons, and was never heard from again, becoming lost to the annals of space exploration. Now, though, a group of Russian Mars enthusiasts working with recent photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter think they've found the wreckage of the long lost lander.

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Curiosity Rover Gets Latest Taste Of Martian Bedrock, Chemical Analysis Underway

The Curiosity Rover got its latest taste of Martian bedrock drilled from the planet's surface this week, and we are left to assume that it tasted like victory. Victory and sand, sure, but mostly victory. After penetrating the surface of the planet earlier this month, yesterday saw Curiosity ingest samples into its internal chemistry labs, meaning new analysis of previously untouched Martian soil is officially under way.

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Buzz Kill: No Organic Molecules Found On Mars So Far, Says NASA

NASA has taken it upon itself to make sure we're not all getting too excited about the possibility of life on Mars, stepping in today to let everyone know that the Curiosity Rover has not found organic molecules -- which could indicate the presence of organic life in the planet's history -- on the Red Planet.

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What Did NASA Find on Mars That Has Them So Excited?

Have you ever had to keep a secret that you really, really wanted to share, but you couldn't because the timing wasn't right? That seems like the position NASA is in right now. After a whirlwind first couple of months on the surface of the Red Planet, the rover Curiosity has been silent, idling for sometime. Analysts Earth-side are poring over data from a series of five sand samples recently analyzed in the rover's mobile chemistry lab, the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) unit. There's no word on what they've found quite yet, but researchers are willing to say that it's something big. Like, historical event big. Considering Curiosity's mission is to find life on Mars, there's pretty much just one thing that could be considered historically big news from the rover -- signs of life on Mars. Not that anyone is saying that right now -- but sometimes, the way in which you don't say something could speak more than what you do say, and this certainly feels like one of those times.

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This Is the Coolest Self Portrait of Curiosity You Will See Maybe Ever

If the Curiosity rover had an OKCupid profile picture, this awesome self portrait would totally be it. Thanks to its reflective surfaces and rotating turret arm, the Curiosity rover can photograph itself as it travels across Mars, which would seem kind of self-absorbed if it weren't so utterly fantastic. This picture, which is a mosaic of 55 images stitched together brilliantly by NASA technicians, was taken just yesterday. Hit the jump for the full image.

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This is the First Human Voice Broadcast From Mars

We don't know how NASA administrator Charles Bolden won the rights to become the first human voice transmitted from Mars, but we dearly hope the matter was settled in the traditional way -- a lirpa-wielding battle to the death. Even if it wasn't -- and really, don't tell us if it wasn't -- this is still pretty cool. Bolden's dulcet tones rung out across the solar system yesterday from the recently landed Curiosity rover, offering a missive that is equal parts "Thank you letter to everyone involved in the project," and, "Yeah, we landed a rover on Mars," claim on bragging rights.

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You (Yes, You!) Can Experience the Terror of Landing a Multi-Billion Dollar Rover on Mars With XBox Kinect!

Early next month, the 2,000 pound Curiosity rover will finally touch down on the surface of Mars and just doing that will require one of the most ingenious and daring landings that NASA has yet attempted. Now, Earthlings can try their hand at conquering the "seven minutes of terror" with a new Kinect game for Xbox. Unlike the space program, this one is completely free!

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Here’s a Picture From NASA’s Curiosity Rover Enroute to Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover, the largest rover ever dispatched from Earth, is a little over halfway to its landing on Mars. With a scheduled landing on August 6 of this year, NASA engineers thought it was a good time to fire up Curiosity's onboard camera. This is what they saw.

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Most Powerful Piece of Evidence for Water on Mars Found by NASA Rover

NASA rover Opportunity has found what is described as "the single most powerful piece of evidence for liquid water at Mars," by Steve Squyres, Opportunity's principle investigator. The evidence, announced by researchers yesterday, is a mineral vein, comprised of gypsum that was almost certainly deposited by a water source. Opportunity has been trolling Mars for eight years along with its twin, Spirit, and this recent discovery of a mineral vein around the rim of the massive crater Endeavor is its most exciting discovery to date.

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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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Next Mars Rover Will Climb Sediment Mountain

The next Mars rover will touch down in Gale crater, and explore a 5km high mountain of sediment located inside. The rover, named Curiosity, will launch sometime between November 25th and December 18th of this year. Curiosity will be looking for traces of chemical signs of life in addition to studying the past climates of Mars. The decision to land in the Gale Crater comes after months of debate about where to send the rover.

There were four locations on the short list for exploration by Curiosity. In addition to the Gale Crater, that list included Mawrth Vallis, Eberswalde Crater, and Holden Crater. All the proposed sites are believed to have once featured liquid water. But, it was Gale Crater that won out because its unique sediment mountain contains clays, which are a sure sign of liquid water and perhaps signs of life.

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