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Curiosity rover bores into Mars for the first time

Curiosity rover bores into Mars for the first time

NASA's Curiosity rover, which is currently putzing its way around Mars, has just drilled its way into Martian soil for the first time, making a perfectly cylindrical hole on the surface of the Red Planet. The hole is approximately 0.8-inches deep and about 0.6-inches across. From the photo below, the hole looks much bigger, but it seems NASA only need just a slight sample of the planet's dirt.

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Curiosity’s first rock sample target may have been found

Curiosity’s first rock sample target may have been found

It's time to check in with our old buddy Curiosity as it makes its way across the surface of Mars. NASA announced today that the rover may have found its first rock sample, which could provide clues about whether or not the planet could have at one time supported microbial life. We're not sure yet if Curiosity will drill into this rock to pull out a sample - first it needs to make its way over to the rock to have a closer look.

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Here’s Curiosity’s New Year message from Mars

Here’s Curiosity’s New Year message from Mars

Considering how far away Mars rover Curiosity is - and how busy it is chewing through rock samples - we're guessing the exploring robot had a little help from NASA putting together its New Year greeting for Times Square last night. Teased in the final hours of 2012, the clip was beamed up to the huge Toshiba screens above the crowds as part of the tech company's official sponsorship of the New Year celebrations.

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Curiosity plays peekaboo: New self-shot before 9-month mountain climb

Curiosity plays peekaboo: New self-shot before 9-month mountain climb

NASA's Curiosity rover has set mountain climbing as its New Year's Resolution, with the intrepid space explorer headed up a Martian peak  for its 2013 challenge. The nine-month trek - punctuated with pitstops for drilling and sample analysis - will see Curiosity clamber up the 3 mile high Mount Sharp at the center of the Gale Crater it landed near, further hunting evidence that the red planet might once have supported microbial life. Before that, however, Curiosity couldn't resist snapping another self-portrait - with the mountain clearly visible in the background.

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Mars Express christens new space antenna with red planet pics

Mars Express christens new space antenna with red planet pics

NASA's Curiosity rover may be getting us close-up to Mars, but the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe has a far more macro perspective as it beams back the first shots to be received at the new Malargüe space tracking station. Powered up earlier this month, the ultra-sensitive radio antenna funneled back shots from the Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera showing the red planet from over 6,000 miles away.

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