Mars

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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 27, 2012

We've officially entered the final week in August, which means that the autumn months are right around the corner. Today, Apple delivered a list of 8 Samsung devices it would like to see banned in the US, and the Galaxy S II - which is still a popular phone for Samsung - attracted the lion's share of the attention. We caught a glimpse of the amended verdict form from the trial today, and Google made a rather interesting statement on the outcome of the suit. Unsurprisingly, Samsung's stock took a stumble today, while the stock of some other phone manufacturers went up.

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Robots may one day head into Mars underground

Robots may one day head into Mars underground

The NASA Curiosity rover is currently scouring the surface of Mars, looking for evidence that the planet could have one time supported life. While looking at the surface is currently the best we can do to find out more about the Red Planet, it may not be long before we have robots that can actually go underground to look for more clues there. Discovery News reports that recently discovered "skylights" - sinkholes which lead to caverns and inactive lava tubes beneath the surface of Mars - have scientists thinking of ways we can get down there and have a look around.

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Curiosity Mars descent gets 1080p video

Curiosity Mars descent gets 1080p video

What you're about to see is a collection of photos taken by NASA and constructed into a video with extremely high definition by a fellow by the name of Daniel Luke Fitch. This guy is a visual effects producer for Altitude-FX that simply did what noone else took the time to do - took all the photographs that NASA's Mars mission had sent back at full resolution while it was landing and turned them into one massive video. The video runs at 15 frames per second, that being just about 3 times the speed of the actual landing according to the space between photos from NASA.

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NASA’s InSight Mars mission kicks off in 2016

NASA’s InSight Mars mission kicks off in 2016

With the excitement surrounding Curiosity starting to recede a little, NASA has announced that it has selected a new Discovery mission for 2016. Named InSight, this new mission will look to give us a better understanding of the formation of terrestrial planets by cracking the surface of Mars. Two of the things NASA scientists hope to discover through InSight is whether Mars has a solid or liquid core, and why it doesn't have tectonic plates like we have here on Earth.

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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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Obama sends NASA praise and promises continued support

Obama sends NASA praise and promises continued support

This week President Barack Obama made a call from Air Force One to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California which not only praised their excellent work on the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, but promised them continued support as well. This call made it clear that, as Obama noted, NASA's "incredible success" was just that, and deserving of the highest of praises. "It's really mind-boggling what you've been able to accomplish, and being able to get that whole landing sequence to work the way you did is a testimony to your team."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

Welcome to Friday everyone. The weekend is here is last, and what better way to kick it off than with a giveaway? We've teamed up with NVIDIA to hand out three 16GB Google Nexus 7 tablets, so be sure to enter (but read the rules before you do!). Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent trial gave us a glimpse at sales numbers for both companies today, and we also found out that Apple is looking for a whopping $2.45 billion from Samsung. Even though Google has remained publicly silent about this whole suit, it turns out that it has been providing support for Samsung behind the scenes during the trial.

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