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Mars Curiosity rover grabs a bit of soil

Mars Curiosity rover grabs a bit of soil

In an update that here on Earth would be beyond mundane, an especially exciting approach towards a ripple of sand has been made by the Mars Curiosity rover and announced today by NASA. This update includes plans for the rover to do a several day analyzation of the sand so that they might make the rover's first use of its scoop a reality. This is just the latest in a long line of updates being shared with the world as the mission moves forward - this is, of course, the most interactive a NASA mission has been allowed to be in its history.

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NASA Curiosity Rover checks in using foursquare

NASA Curiosity Rover checks in using foursquare

I think most everyone is familiar with foursquare. This is a service that lets you check in to show people where you are or where you've been. The more check-ins you make at a specific place, the closer you come the being the mayor of whatever that specific place is. Curiosity is one-step closer to being the mayor of Mars.

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Curiosity rover discovers ancient streambed on surface of Mars

Curiosity rover discovers ancient streambed on surface of Mars

The Curiosity rover is examining all sorts of things on the surface of Mars, but today, NASA is reporting a major breakthrough. Curiosity has discovered evidence on an old, dried up streambed on the surface of Mars, suggesting that water did once indeed flow on the Red Planet. Of course, we've seen evidence for the presence of water on Mars a few times in the past, but NASA scientists are calling this discovery "the first of its kind."

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Curiosity snaps pictures of Martian eclipses

Curiosity snaps pictures of Martian eclipses

The Curiosity Rover snapped pictures of Martian eclipses recently that NASA believes will help scientists better understand the interior structure and composition of Mars. Curiosity took pictures of the tiny moon Phobos last week as the moon eclipsed the sun. Curiosity also took photos of other partial lunar eclipses caused by Phobos and Deimos.

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Awesome Curiosity landing video gets sound effects

Awesome Curiosity landing video gets sound effects

Back in late August NASA offered up a video to go along with the Curiosity Rover landing allowing us to watch the final phases of descent in full motion. That original video lacked any sound effects making it an eerily quiet plummet towards the surface of the red planet. A new video for the Mars Curiosity Rover descent has now turned up on YouTube.

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Curiosity Rover robotic arm tests are nearly complete

Curiosity Rover robotic arm tests are nearly complete

One of the most interesting NASA missions to Mars ever conducted saw a giant Rover dubbed Curiosity land on the surface of the red planet not long ago. So far, Curiosity has driven around the landscape a bit and conducted a few minor experiments and tests getting prepared for its main mission. The Curiosity team has been testing the rover's robotic arm to get ready for the first examination of Martian rock.

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Curiosity beams back high-res self portraits during 7ft robo-arm testing

Curiosity beams back high-res self portraits during 7ft robo-arm testing

NASA's Curiosity rover continues its exploration of Mars and the unfurling of its complex scientific equipment and robotic limbs, with new photos beamed back of the sensor-encrusted tech in action. This photo, and the second version including more of the Martian landscape after the cut, shows Curiosity's Mastcam - or one of the "eyes," at least - deployed, as the rover begins a 6-10 day test of the 7-foot limb. Meanwhile, Curiosity's football-pitch-long trundling so far has been caught on camera by an orbiter above Mars.

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Mars Curiosity rover breathes in the air around it

Mars Curiosity rover breathes in the air around it

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on the surface of Mars for a month now, and it recently collected a sample of the air around it for the first time since landing on the surface of the Red Planet. Among its various other duties, one of Curiosity's goals is to study the air composition on Mars, and it does so by collecting air samples with its Sample Analysis at Mars instrument (Sam). Of course, NASA scientists already know what to expect when the sample results come back - carbon dioxide, and lots of it.

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