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December 18, 2012
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Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets
Fremont CA (SPX) Dec 18, 2012
On August 6th, 2012 the automatic rover "Curiosity" landed on Mars. One of the scientific instruments on board is ChemCam, which has a pulsed laser capable of ablating a focused spot on a remote sample to create a glowing plasma plume of target's material. Light from plasma is collected by rover's telescope on a mast, and the optical spectra are then analyzed by an internal spectrometer. ChemCam can take thousands spectra per day from a distance of about 7 meters, thus making chemical analyses on ... read more
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Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more
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Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill
Opportunity is located at a place named "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3153 (Dec. 6, 2012), the rov ... more
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Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove 63 feet (19 meters) northeastward early Monday, Dec. 10, approaching a step down into a slightly lower area called "Yellowknife Bay," where researchers intend to ... more
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Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland
The high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express imaged the Charitum Montes region of the Red Planet on 18 June, near to Gale crater and the Argyre basin featured in our October and November ... more


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Opportunity Continues Rock Studies
Opportunity is located at a place named "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover just finished collecting ... more
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Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars
During the 10 minutes before the NASA Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere to deliver the rover Curiosity to the surface, the spacecraft shed its cruise stage, which had ... more
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NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020
NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020 as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet, the US space agency said Tuesday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack

Palestinians seek Arab backing for UN resolution

Taiwan's ailing economy major challenge for leadership hopefuls

Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Vladimir Monomakh

Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

DARPA developing first-ever maneuverable bullet

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Ancient Mars May Have Captured Enormous Floodwaters
An international research team led by the Planetary Science Institute has found evidence that indicates that approximately 2 billion years ago enormous volumes of catastrophic floods discharges may ... more
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Safe Driving on Mars
Matt Heverly doesn't like to make a big deal of his job as the lead driver of the most expensive car in the solar system-NASA's $2.5 billion, two-ton Curiosity rover, which is now roaming the surfac ... more
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NASA Announces Multi-Year Mars Program With New Rover In 2020
Building on the success of Curiosity's Red Planet landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020. This announceme ... more
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Opportunity Rover Does Walkabout Of Crater Rim
The latest work assignment for NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is a further examination of an area where the robot just completed a walkabout. "If you are a geologist studying a site ... more
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Curiosity Shakes, Bakes, and Tastes Mars with SAM
NASA's Curiosity rover analyzed its first solid sample of Mars in Nov. with a variety of instruments, including the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite. Developed at NASA's Goddard Space ... more
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Heavy snow hits northern Japan

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NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-co ... more
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China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars: state media
Chinese astronauts are preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the moon after researchers successfully completed a preliminary test in Beijing, state media reported. ... more
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Opportunity Gets to Work on Interesting Rock Targets
Opportunity, after completing the local area survey around the location called "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater, ha ... more
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NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon

GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

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Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft


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Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

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Opportunity Gets To Work On Interesting Rock
Opportunity, after completing the local area survey around the location called "Matijevic Hill" (named in honor of Jake Matijevic) at the inboard edge of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater, ha ... more
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Regional Dust Storm Dissipating
A regional dust storm on Mars, tracked from orbit since Nov. 10, appears to be abating rather than going global. "During the past week, the regional storm weakened and contracted significantly ... more
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One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity began its flight to Mars on Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft. One year after launc ... more
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Curious About Life: Interview with Roger Summons
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more
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EXO LIFE

Life on Mars: NASA says 'hold on a minute!'

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Matijevic Hill Survey Complete And Rover Passes 22 Miles Of Driving!

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Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images

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NASA monitors massive dust storm on Mars

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Intrigue from Mars, or Grotzinger's silence

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Meteorite samples provide definitive evidence of water and rock types on Mars

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Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm

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Survey At 'Matijevic Hill' Wrapping Up

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Curiosity Rover Preparing for Thanksgiving Activities

Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings

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Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator

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New views of the Martian ionosphere

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Melt water on Mars could sustain life

NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars

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Mars radiation levels not lethal to humans

NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars

Survey At 'Matijevic Hill' Wrapping Up

Rover's 'SAM' Lab Instrument Suite Tastes Soil

What Arctic Rocks Say About Mars: An Interview with Hans Amundsen

Mars orbiter back online after system swap

Obama Win Keeps NASA's Space Plans on Course

More Driving And Imaging At 'Matijevic Hill'

Curiosity Team Switches Back to Earth Time

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