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Curiosity shoots laser at Coronation rock on Mars

Curiosity shoots laser at Coronation rock on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover got its first chance to fire its ChemCam laser at a rock laying about 2.5 m away from the rover. The rock Curiosity used it to laser on is about 7 cm wide, roughly the size of a tennis ball and has been dubbed Coronation rock. The powerful laser burst from Curiosity vaporized the surface of the rock revealing details of the rocks basic chemistry.

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New Mars photos add to 130 photo Curiosity panorama

New Mars photos add to 130 photo Curiosity panorama

The Curiosity rover sent to the planet Mars earlier this month has been snapping photos since it first set down upon the surface, creating now a 130 photo panorama of the crater in which it currently resides. Here we're seeing some surprisingly sharp photos taken with the cameras which we learned about last week, each of them lovely in their own respect. As the Curiosity rover travels through the Gale Crater it will continue to create individual shots as well as a larger panorama - one at first, then more as it moves through its environment.

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NASA’s Curiosity expecting dust storms on surface of Mars soon

NASA’s Curiosity expecting dust storms on surface of Mars soon

The Curiosity rover was sent to Mars to document a lot of different things, but one of the things it will be examining on are the weather patterns on the surface of Mars. Today NASA tells USA Today that it's expecting mostly clear - if not a bit chilly - conditions on the red planet, with NASA scientist Manuel de la Torre saying that Curiosity can expect "balmy, minus-20-degree temperatures" during the day. At night, that already low temperature will plummet, eventually ending up around "minus-200 degrees Fahrenheit."

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New Mars Photos from Curiosity bring 360 color panorama

New Mars Photos from Curiosity bring 360 color panorama

The Curiosity rover sent to Mars this week by NASA has been collecting an ever-growing collection of photos from the Red Planet, the newest being the 360 degree panorama you see before you. This photo was taken with the vehicle's highest-resolution navigation camera and is color-accurate to an unknown degree. We're currently in the process of prodding NASA for their deep cover information on the cameras outside of what we already know - James Cameron is onboard!

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Curiosity gets curious: Rover lifts head and looks around Mars

Curiosity gets curious: Rover lifts head and looks around Mars

The gradual unfurling of NASA's Curiosity rover continues, with the head of the Martian explorer 'bot now fully deployed and taking photos, albeit not at final quality. The Rover itself - or its tweeting human representative on Earth - announced the successful erection with a new photo from one of the Navcams mounted on the head, which will eventually be used to snap 3D imagery for navigation and control. However, there's far more pixels incoming.

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NASA’s Curiosity beams back 3D photos of Mars

NASA’s Curiosity beams back 3D photos of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover continues to send back images from Mars, including 3D shots that show the intimidating terrain, as the robotic explorer continues to ramp up to full functionality. The new photos use the multiple Hazcam cameras mounted at Curiosity's extremities, pairing multiple fames to give a red/blue anaglyph 3D shot; meanwhile, NASA has also released a video that shows exactly where the landing site fits into the overall context of Mars.

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NASA reveals Curiosity descent video and new Mars photos

NASA reveals Curiosity descent video and new Mars photos

NASA has released new photos of the surface of Mars as well as video of Curiosity's dramatic landing on the Martian surface, as the rover begins its long mission to explore for evidence of life. The video, pieced together from a photo sequence captured by the Hazcam cameras used for guidance and navigation, shows some of dusty descent from Curiosity's point-of-view, while the new gallery of stills helps confirm where, exactly, on the topography of Mars the rover has arrived.

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Curiosity landing photo from NASA’s Mars Orbiter revealed

Curiosity landing photo from NASA’s Mars Orbiter revealed

The first photo of the Curiosity lander making its final journey through the Martian atmosphere has emerged, a rare image of the huge parachute used to slow the Skycrane and its expensive cargo. The picture was captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and though low-resolution clearly shows the dangling cradle beneath the 16m wide "supersonic parachute" that slowed it from around 578 m/s to 100 m/s.

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Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

Curiosity rover tags Mars with Morse tire tracks

NASA's Curiosity rover may not look like an urban menace, but the robot explorer will in fact be steadily tagging the Martian surface as it trundles, leaving a name-check of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory back home. The clandestine graffiti is thanks to part of the rover's visual odometry system, John Graham-Cumming points out, which tracks the marks left by a series of asymmetrically arranged holes in the wheels. The position of those holes, however, isn't random: in fact, it's Morse Code.

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NASA Curiosity sends back more detailed view of Mars

NASA Curiosity sends back more detailed view of Mars

Curiosity's main cameras may not be due to come online until they've unfurled later this week, but the Mars rover is already beaming back better shots now that it has whipped off the dust protection. The first batch of photos from the freshly-landed rover were fuzzy - thanks to a combination of dust whirls from the Skycrane lander and the protective covers on the cameras themselves - but as things settle and Curiosity whirs into life, the images are getting a lot clearer.

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