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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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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover will deliver a “special message” in Times Square tonight

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover will deliver a “special message” in Times Square tonight

NASA's Curiosity rover has already reached a few milestones, including being the first ever to check in using Foursquare on another planet. Tonight, however, the Mars rover will make an appearance at tonight's New Year's celebrations in New York City's Time Square, where millions will watch the ball drop. The rover is planning to deliver a "special message" on the big screens.

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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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Curiosity snaps images of space from surface of Mars

Curiosity snaps images of space from surface of Mars

The hubbub surrounding the Curiosity rover seems to have died down a bit in recent weeks, but it's reminding us today that it's still working away on the surface of Mars with a set of new images. Most of the pictures are of the surface itself, but for two of the shots, Curiosity turned its lens toward the sky. If you've ever wondered what space looks like from the surface of Mars, wonder no longer.

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Curiosity drill flaw could self-destruct Mars rover’s electronics

Curiosity drill flaw could self-destruct Mars rover’s electronics

NASA's Curiosity rover could destroy its own electronics systems when it begins using its percussive drill to mine Mars rock samples, the space agency has admitted, a known flaw since before the robot explorer even took off from Earth. The late discovery of a prone-to-failure bond in the drilling mechanism forced the Jet Propulsion Team responsible for the rover to implement a potential workaround, after realizing that should the bond break, an electrical short could zap all of Curiosity's computer systems.

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Curiosity’s whole Mars mission is “history books” worthy clarifies NASA

Curiosity’s whole Mars mission is “history books” worthy clarifies NASA

NASA's teased data "for the history books" from the Curiosity Mars rover has all been a huge misunderstanding, the space agency now says, with the reference apparently encompassing the mission as a whole - not a specific finding. Anticipation was built earlier this month when principal investigator John Grotzinger told NPR that "this data is gonna be one for the history books" and that "it's looking really good"; his comments were interpreted as specific to a set of soil sample results Curiosity's onboard labs had just beamed back to Earth, but NASA says it was all a case of confusion.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! Today we found out that shipping times for the iPhone 5 have gone down to two weeks, which should be good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on one. HP announced that Autonomy's "serious accounting improprieties" have left it with a whopping $8.8 billion bill, while afterward insiders were saying that HP never wanted to close on the Autonomy deal in the first place.

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Curiosity finds “history book” worthy Mars data, but NASA won’t tell you yet

Curiosity finds “history book” worthy Mars data, but NASA won’t tell you yet

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has discovered "some exciting new results" during its exploration of the Martian surface, but the team behind the distant explorer can't yet spill the beans as the data must be re-checked. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good" principal investigator John Grotzinger teased NPR, with the full reveal potentially not taking place for several weeks. However, NASA has confirmed that it's data from the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) tool.

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