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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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NASA Curiosity Mars rover records timelapse of Phobos moon rising

NASA Curiosity Mars rover records timelapse of Phobos moon rising

We've seen a lot of neat photos from Mars thanks to NASA's latest Curiosity rover that's currently putzing its way around the surface of the red planet. The latest imagery that it has sent back is a rather simple, but neat timelapse video of one of Mars' moons rising into the Martian sky.

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NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA's Curiosity rover has sent more than a few pictures of the Red Planet back to its Earth-bound audience, a great deal of which have been made freely available for the public to view on the space agency's website. The latest image to be made public, however, stands out from the rest due to its sheer size: a huge 1.3 billion pixels. Such a resolution was achieved by stitching together hundreds of frames.

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Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

It's a great time for Lego: there's going to be a movie based on the building bricks, and the company just announced its latest set. As a part of Lego's Cuusoo project, fans are able to send in designs and ideas for future Lego sets, and the Mars Curiosity rover won this round, beating out the USC Sandcrawler from Star Wars and the Portal-themed Lego set.

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NASA Curiosity rover blasts Mars rock with laser 100 times

NASA Curiosity rover blasts Mars rock with laser 100 times

We've seen NASA's Mars Curiosity rover bore into Martian rock with a small drill multiple times, but the robot has just taken things to the next level: lasers. Specifically, the rover got to bore a small hole into Martian rock by blasting it with a laser repeatedly, causing a hole a few millimeters in diameter, which you can see after the jump.

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Curiosity rover bores into Mars for second time

Curiosity rover bores into Mars for second time

It's been a few months since NASA's Curiosity rover drilled into Mars' rocky surface for the first time, but the little rover that could has bored into the red planet for the second time, collecting a healthy amount of Mars dirt along the way to be analyzed by the rover in the next few days.

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Curiosity rover communication moratorium in effect until May 1

Curiosity rover communication moratorium in effect until May 1

March was an eventful month for NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, which experienced a variety of issues and delays, some due to problems with the rover itself and others due to conditions outside of anyone's control. Those issues have been resolved, but now starting today a communication moratorium has gone into effect, and Curiosity will be on its own, perhaps taking the most exotic vacation ever, until May 1.

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Curiosity back roving Mars in days after “straightforward” fix says NASA

Curiosity back roving Mars in days after “straightforward” fix says NASA

NASA expects to have the Curiosity rover back up and exploring Mars "in a few days" time the space agency has announced, with the fix for the unexpected downtime "very straightforward" according to the mission lead. A software error was blamed for the rover being put into automatic fault-protection mode - freezing all activity - when a file was artificially inflated in size and thus failed a software check.

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Curiosity put back into safe mode due to software error

Curiosity put back into safe mode due to software error

Back on March 11, NASA was scheduled to apply two software patches to its Curiosity Mars rover after recovering from a problem with one of its on-board computers. Now the rover has run into another problem, this time with a software file error that is preventing it from performing most of its duties, though it remains in communication with the NASA team.

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Mars Curiosity rover finds evidence of habitable life on Mars

Mars Curiosity rover finds evidence of habitable life on Mars

Today during a NASA news briefing on the progress that the Curiosity rover is making on Mars, scientists have revealed evidence that point to conditions of habitable life on the Red Planet. An analysis of rock samples that were collected by the Curiosity rover shows that Mars could have supported living microbes at one point in time.

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NASA holding Mars Curiosity briefing live at 1 pm ET

NASA holding Mars Curiosity briefing live at 1 pm ET

In an effort to update the general public on what's going on with the Curiosity rover on Mars, NASA will be holding a public news briefing today at 1 pm ET, and they'll be streaming it live over Ustream for all to watch. While it's a mystery as to what will be discussed, our guess is that they'll be addressing the recent malfunction with the on-board computer.

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