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New theory suggests Mars was too hot to support life

New theory suggests Mars was too hot to support life

Scientists have hoped that evidence will be found on Mars that the planet could've harbored life in the past. The NASA Curiosity Rover is on the surface of Mars right now searching for evidence of liquid water on the surface of the planet in the past. A new theory has surfaced that suggests the discovery of geological evidence of past flowing water in clay on Mars could be a red herring.

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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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Microsoft tries to teach kids to code with Kodu Mars game

Microsoft tries to teach kids to code with Kodu Mars game

Both Microsoft and Apple have a long history of targeting children with products while they are still in school. By selling products cheaply to schools and students both companies have placed their gear in front of children, helping to ensure that when they leave school they'll stick with what they're familiar with. Microsoft is now offering a new video game called Kodu Mars that aims to teach children to code.

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Five major obstacles to putting humans on Mars

Five major obstacles to putting humans on Mars

NASA was successful in putting the largest rover ever on to the surface of the red planet when Curiosity touched down last month. So far, the Curiosity mission has gone off nearly perfectly and the rover is doing its job of investigating the surface of the red planet. In the future, NASA hopes to go beyond placing remote-controlled vehicles on the surface of Mars.

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Curiosity will.i.am “Reach for the Stars” music playback goes off without a hitch

Curiosity will.i.am “Reach for the Stars” music playback goes off without a hitch

We mentioned earlier this week that rapper and Black Eyed Peas alum will.i.am had teamed up with NASA. The goal of the tie up was to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering, and math. As part of the team up between the rapper and NASA, will.i.am's latest single called "Reach for the Stars" was transmitted from the surface of Mars by the curiosity Rover to students and media at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Robots may one day head into Mars underground

Robots may one day head into Mars underground

The NASA Curiosity rover is currently scouring the surface of Mars, looking for evidence that the planet could have one time supported life. While looking at the surface is currently the best we can do to find out more about the Red Planet, it may not be long before we have robots that can actually go underground to look for more clues there. Discovery News reports that recently discovered "skylights" - sinkholes which lead to caverns and inactive lava tubes beneath the surface of Mars - have scientists thinking of ways we can get down there and have a look around.

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NASA InSight mission approved: we’re heading back to Mars in 2016

NASA InSight mission approved: we’re heading back to Mars in 2016

This week the folks at NASA are detailing one of several proposals they've had prepared for future missions to heavenly bodies inside our solar system, the most exciting these being another mission to none other than Mars! This mission has been dubbed InSight and will be launching in March of 2016. The InSight mission is not set to study the surface of the Red Planet as their current mission is with the Curiosity rover, instead they'll be studying the interior of the planet - getting down deep inside!

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NASA’s InSight Mars mission kicks off in 2016

NASA’s InSight Mars mission kicks off in 2016

With the excitement surrounding Curiosity starting to recede a little, NASA has announced that it has selected a new Discovery mission for 2016. Named InSight, this new mission will look to give us a better understanding of the formation of terrestrial planets by cracking the surface of Mars. Two of the things NASA scientists hope to discover through InSight is whether Mars has a solid or liquid core, and why it doesn't have tectonic plates like we have here on Earth.

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President Obama set to congratulate Curiosity team

President Obama set to congratulate Curiosity team

NASA captured the world’s imagination with the successful deployment of the Curiosity lander on Mars, and now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will call the space agency to congratulate the members of mission control. According to Space.com, the President will call the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California at 11am EST. Numerous scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed and built the Curiosity, striving to keep it active for its two-year mission on the surface of Mars.

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Curiosity Rover gets “brain transplant” to explore on its own

Curiosity Rover gets “brain transplant” to explore on its own

NASA's Curiosity rover is having its "Windows Update" moment, with the Mars exploration vehicle undergoing a huge "brain transplant" this weekend to better equip it for the challenges ahead. The new version of the flight software will installation today, and NASA expects the process to be completed by Monday, tweaking how Curiosity drives as well as how its robotic arm operates.

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