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December 20, 2012
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Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2012
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity this week is driving within a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay," providing information to help researchers choose a rock to drill. Using Curiosity's percussive drill to collect a sample from the interior of a rock, a feat never before attempted on Mars, is the mission's priority for early 2013. After the powdered-rock sample is sieved and portioned by a sample-processing mechanism on the rover's arm, it will be analyzed by instruments inside Curiosity. ... read 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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Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets
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 sam ... 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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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