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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives at Mount Sharp

September 12, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Arrives at Mount Sharp

After 2 years and roughly 9 kilometers of driving, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp to begin a new phase of exploration. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term […]

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New Curiosity Image from ‘Bonanza King’ Target

August 20, 2014

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Curiosity Image of Bonanza King Target

This newly released image from NASA’s Curiosity Rover shows a gray patch of rock material at the “Bonanza King” location. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called “Bonanza King,” visible in […]

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

August 4, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain Base Outcrop

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is approaching its first close look at bedrock that is part of Mount Sharp, approaching a geological unit that’s part of the base of the mountain rather than the floor of the crater. As it approaches the second anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is also approaching its […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Views Mercury Passing in Front of the Sun

June 11, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Views Mercury Passing in Front of the Sun

This new animated image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows Mercury passing in front of the Sun. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun. This is the first transit of the sun by a planet […]

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Curiosity Image Captures Mysterious Bright Spot

April 9, 2014

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Curiosity Sees Mysterious Bright Spot

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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Curiosity Rover Crosses Martian Dune

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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Curiosity Finds Evidence of An Ancient Freshwater Lake on Mars

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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Curiosity Finds Water Molecules on Mars

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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Curiosity Detects No Methane on Mars

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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Curiosity Uses Autonomous Navigation for the First Time

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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NASA Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos

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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Curiosity Reveals Clues about Mars Past

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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