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February 11, 2013
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NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 11, 2013
NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh hole, about 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep in a patch of fine-grained sedimentary bedrock, can be seen in images and other data Curiosity beamed to Earth Saturday. The rock is believed to ... read more
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Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing of NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft
Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. The orbiter is now undergoing environmental testing at the company's Space Systems fac ... more
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How The World's Saltiest Pond Gets Its Salt; Implications For Water On Mars
Antarctica's Don Juan Pond might be the unlikeliest body of water on Earth. Situated in the frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys, only the pond's high salt content - by far the highest of any body of water on ... more
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In milestone, Mars rover collects first bedrock sample
In a first, the Mars rover Curiosity has penetrated a rock on the Red Planet and collected a sample from its interior, the US space agency announced Saturday. ... more
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Sampling Several Rock Targets
Opportunity is moving around the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater, performing in-situ (contact) science investigations. On Sol 3200 (Jan. 23, 2013), the rover complet ... more


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Mapping Mars
Nearly 90% of Mars' surface has been mapped by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express, which celebrates ten years since launch this June. The mosaic comprises 2702 individual ... more
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Weekend Test on Mars Was Preparation to Drill a Rock
The bit of the rock-sampling drill on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left its mark on a Martian rock this weekend during brief testing of the tool's percussive action. The successful activity, ca ... more
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AAS Division For Planetary Sciences Issues Statement On Mars 2020 Program
The following statement from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences was prepared in collaboration with the Planetary Society, the American Geophysical Union's Planetary ... more
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Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has placed its drill onto a series of four locations on a Martian rock and pressed down on it with the rover's arm, in preparation for using the drill in coming days. ... more
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Ridges on Mars suggest ancient flowing water
Networks of narrow ridges found in impact craters on Mars appear to be the fossilized remnants of underground cracks through which water once flowed, according to a new analysis by researchers from ... more
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Changes on Mars Caused by Seasonal Thawing of CO2
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Is there life on Mars?
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Thawing Dry Ice Drives Groovy Action On Mars
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Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera at Night
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has for the first time used the camera on its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument. Scientists used the ... more
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Opportunity At Work At Whitewater Lake
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European probes this year will return a treasure trove of data from explorations into the Big Bang, water on Mars and climate change, European Space Agency (ESA) chief Jean-Jacques Dordain said on Thursday. ... more
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Possible Clues to Ancient Subsurface Biosphere on Mars
The subsurface environment on Mars may hold clues to the origin of life, scientists argue in a recently published research article led by Planetary Science Institute's Joseph Michalski. A large frac ... more
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NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently examining veined rocks on the rim of a ... more
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Reull Vallis: a river ran through it
ESA's Mars Express imaged the striking upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars with its high-resolution stereo camera last year. Reull Vallis, the river-like structure in these images, is beli ... more
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Opportunity Investigating Light-toned Veins in Rock Outcrop
Opportunity is on the inboard edge of "Cape York" on the rim of Endeavour Crater, now engaged in in-situ (contact) science investigation of veins in the light-toned outcrop "Whitewater Lake," a plac ... more
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