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Curiosity rover could ditch a broken wheel to continue exploring

Curiosity rover could ditch a broken wheel to continue exploring

There are no service stations on the surface of Mars, meaning any rover that suffers a component failure on the Red Planet will remain unrepaired. Curiosity has been exploring the surface of Mars for a long time, and mission controllers have a plan in place to help keep the rover mobile even if wheel wear becomes a problem. Should a wheel become damaged, JPL says that it is ready to use a "wheel shedding" maneuver to get rid of the defective wheel.

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover snaps pictures at Mont Mercou

NASA Curiosity Mars rover snaps pictures at Mont Mercou

NASA has multiple rovers and spacecraft on and around Mars, searching for signs of past life, water, and performing various science experiments. One of the rovers is the NASA Curiosity Mars rover, and it recently approached a rock formation that scientists call "Mont Mercou." That nickname was taken from a mountain in France. The Martian Mont Mercou is a rock outcropping that stands about 20 feet tall. Curiosity has imaged the rock outcropping in a new selfie and snapped a pair of panoramas offering a 3D view.

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Curiosity Rover has spent 3000 Martian days on the Red Planet

Curiosity Rover has spent 3000 Martian days on the Red Planet

NASA is celebrating a milestone for the Curiosity Rover that's been on the surface of the Red Planet since August 6, 2012. Curiosity has now spent 3000 Martian days, or sols, exploring Mars. Curiosity has been rolling up Mount Sharp, which is a three-mile-tall mountain it has been exploring since 2014.

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NASA Curiosity rover kicks off Mars ‘summer trip’ with new panorama

NASA Curiosity rover kicks off Mars ‘summer trip’ with new panorama

NASA has announced that its Mars Curiosity rover has started its 'summer trip' on the Red Planet, kicking things off with a new panorama featuring the Greenheugh Pediment. During its road trip, NASA says the rover will cover around one mile of the Martian surface, ending back at a tall mountain called Mount Sharp that it has been exploring for several years.

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An unexpected glitch left NASA’s Curiosity rover frozen on Mars

An unexpected glitch left NASA’s Curiosity rover frozen on Mars

A software glitch left NASA's Curiosity rover frozen in place, forcing scientists to come up with a fix so that the robot could resume its exploration of Mars. The multi-billion dollar rover has been operating on Mars since mid-2012, unleashing a battery of tests and tools onto the red planet from atop its six-wheeled platform.

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Curiosity’s latest selfie shows rover after special chemistry experiment

Curiosity’s latest selfie shows rover after special chemistry experiment

On October 11, NASA's Curiosity rover snapped a new selfie showing itself off following the completion of what the space agency says was a 'special' chemistry experiment. The selfie was taken on Mars' Sol 2,553 at the planet's Glen Etive, a clay-bearing unit where Curiosity drilled a couple of holes into the ground. Visible behind the rover is the upper part of Mount Sharp and Vera Rubin Ridge.

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Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited

Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited

We take for granted a lot of gases here on Earth, including our precious oxygen. Even less so gases like methane, which is mostly a waste product of certain living organisms. But when you find unusually high levels of that substances in a planet bereft of life but believed to have once hosted life, it's a pretty big deal. That's the reason why scientists at NASA were more than happy to spend their weekend at work to analyze and do more tests with the data that the Curiosity Rover just sent them from Mars.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover sensors repurposed to measure Mars’ gravity

NASA’s Curiosity rover sensors repurposed to measure Mars’ gravity

Back in the Apollo mission days to the moon in 1972, the moon rover that the astronauts drove around had instruments on board to measure the gravity of the surface. Scientists wanted to measure the gravity on the surface of Mars, but the Curiosity rover lacks sensors for such measurements. That didn't stop researchers from figuring out a way to measure gravity with what Curiosity does have on board.

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NASA Curiosity rover snaps image of another shiny Mars object

NASA Curiosity rover snaps image of another shiny Mars object

A couple days ago, Curiosity woke up to the song Please would you be my neighbor from Mr. Rogers, that being a greeting for the newly arrived InSight rover. Following that, NASA researchers explain, Curiosity got to work at Mars' Highfield drill site, where it will dump a sample. The rover, which has been rolling around Mars since 2012, previously detected four interesting rocks, including one that is atypically smooth and shiny.

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Curiosity turns over new mile as rover returns to old location

Curiosity turns over new mile as rover returns to old location

NASA says its Curiosity rover just wrapped up a relatively long trip on Mars, this resulting in its odometer turning over the 12-mile mark. The rover is now located at the Red Planet's Lake Orcadie, a site where NASA previously attempted to drill into grey rock. The space agency anticipates successful results this time around thanks to newly identified drill sites and an improved drilling process.

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NASA Curiosity rover finds Mars rocks that are too hard to drill

NASA Curiosity rover finds Mars rocks that are too hard to drill

Mars' global dust storm is abating and skies are clearing. NASA's Curiosity rover, the one that is still operational, has sent back a panorama of its position on the planet, including a rare look at some of its instruments (which are covered in a layer of dust). Researchers say the rover has encountered a mystery on the Red Planet, as well: rocks that are too hard for its drill to bore into. Two attempts at drilling the rocks have failed.

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Growing Mars dust storm now circles entire planet says NASA

Growing Mars dust storm now circles entire planet says NASA

NASA has published its latest update on the Mars dust storm, saying it is now spanning the entire Red Planet. The storm has been underway for about two weeks, blotting out the Sun and forcing the solar-powered Opportunity rover into a deep sleep mode as it clings to the last of its energy reservers. The Curiosity rover, meanwhile, remains unaffected by the event.

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