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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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Mars Curiosity photo size and cameras explained

Mars Curiosity photo size and cameras explained

If you were wondering why the photos coming back to us from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars were so small, you certainly aren't alone. As Curiosity's camera project's manager Mike Ravine explains to the Digital Photography Review, it's not a matter of being able to put a more high quality camera aboard, it's the data transfer. While your smartphone is capable of transferring gigabytes of memory a day if you really want it to, the Mars mission is limited to 250 megabits per day - that's 31.25 megabytes (MB) and NASA certainly wasn't about to dedicate that whole amount to photographs only.

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Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels

Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels

It's time to get cute with science as NASA is working with Mattel toys to create none other than the Mars Curiosity Rover for their newest Hot Wheels lineup. This little beast of a vehicle is a 1:64 scale replica of the actual NASA Mars Curiosity Rover that'll be touching down this Saturday Night on the red planet. This machine will be a mix of plastic and hardcore metal and will be landing approximately one month after the real deal makes its mark in just a few days.

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Mars Curiosity landing sequence demonstrated by NASA

Mars Curiosity landing sequence demonstrated by NASA

This week the folks at NASA have let loose a video showing the challenges they face in getting to Mars, specifically with the Mars rover Curiosity and how it will be landing on August 5th of this year. The video shows the engineers to designed not only the entry and descent of the new Curiosity mission but the landing system as well, with candid talk on how they have zero - that's zero - margin for error in this mission. 3D models and projections of the future are also included for full visualization of the situation.

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Curiosity Rover set to drill into Windjana sandstone on Mars

Curiosity Rover set to drill into Windjana sandstone on Mars

NASA has been drilling into the surface of Mars using tools on the Curiously Rover for a long time now. The goal is to determine the composition of rocks on the planet and to help determine if any water exists or existed on the planet while ultimately looking for signs of life on the red planet. So far, Curiosity has drilled into two other rocks and both of them have been mudstone.

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Life on Mars: Curiosity sends back first rock datings

Life on Mars: Curiosity sends back first rock datings

This week the NASA folks behind the Curiosity Mars rover mission have published a set of papers which suggest that they're closer than ever to finding habitable environments on the planet. These findings are pre-emptive in finding actual organic materials, and show how life could maybe, possibly have existed on Mars at one time. Basically the scientists on this project have said they're confident that there's a possibility of life at this point without literally saying they've found that life outright.

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Curiosity Rover finds no evidence of methane on Mars

Curiosity Rover finds no evidence of methane on Mars

One of the main goals of putting the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars was to help determine if the planet could've harbored life in the past, or perhaps still has life on its surface or under. Prior to putting Curiosity on the surface of the red planet, measurements taken from Earth and by orbiting satellites and sensors suggested that methane might be present on the surface of Mars.

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