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Curiosity Image Captures Mysterious Bright Spot

April 9, 2014

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A newly released Curiosity image shows a bright spot on the surface of Mars, which was possibly caused by the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays striking the camera’s detector. Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun […]

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Curiosity Rover Drives Through and Past “Dingo Gap” Inside Gale Crater

February 12, 2014

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This new series of images shows NASA’s Curiosity Rover driving through and past “Dingo Gap” inside Gale Crater. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge. The rover covered 135 feet (41.1 meters) on February 9, in its first drive […]

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Study Shows Ancient Fresh Water Lake on Mars Could Have Sustained Life

December 9, 2013

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Newly published research shows that an ancient lake on Mars had fresh water and contained key biological elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur, which would have provided perfect conditions for simple microbial life such as chemolithoautotrophs to thrive in. A team of researchers from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover mission, […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Finds Water Molecules on Mars

September 27, 2013

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Analysis of the Martian soil samples taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover has reveal that water molecules are bound to fine-grained soil particles, accounting for about 2 percent of the particles’ weight at Gale Crater where Curiosity landed. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its […]

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Curiosity Fails to Detect Methane on Mars

September 20, 2013

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To the surprise of many researchers, NASA’s Curiosity rover has failed to detect methane on Mars. Pasadena, California — Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests […]

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Curiosity Rover Uses Autonomous Navigation for the First Time

August 28, 2013

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NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully used autonomous navigation for the first time this week. Pasadena, California – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars. This latest addition to Curiosity’s array of capabilities will help the rover […]

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Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos

August 16, 2013

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This short video is comprised of images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover as it watched the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos. This sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space […]

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Curiosity Reveals Clues about Mars’ Original Atmosphere

July 19, 2013

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In two new studies, NASA’s Curiosity Rover reveals details about the Martian atmosphere and clues about how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Pasadena, California – A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere’s composition by NASA’s Curiosity rover, providing evidence about the loss of much of Mars’ original […]

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Curiosity Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed on Mars

May 31, 2013

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Further analysis of Curiosity data has led researchers to believe that an ancient, flowing stream once existed on Mars. Pasadena, California – Detailed analysis and review have borne out researchers’ initial interpretation of pebble-containing slabs that NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity investigated last year: They are part of an ancient streambed. The rocks are the first […]

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NASA to Discuss the Latest Findings from the Curiosity Rover

May 29, 2013

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On May30th, NASA will hold a press conference to discuss the latest findings from the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector aboard the Curiosity rover. Pasadena, California – NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) Thursday, May 30, to present new findings from the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment […]

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Curiosity Rover Drills Second Rock Target

May 21, 2013

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has completed the drilling of the second rock sample on Mars and should deliver portions of the sample in coming days to laboratory instruments inside the rover. Pasadena, California – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a […]

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Curiosity Team Selects Second Drilling Location on Mars

May 13, 2013

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Scientists have chosen the second drilling site for the Curiosity rover on Mars. Pasadena, California — The team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. This second drilling target, called “Cumberland,” lies about nine feet […]

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