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Curiosity Reveals Clues About Past Water, Climate, and Habitability on Mars

October 9, 2015

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Scientists Describe Ancient Water Flows and Lakes on Mars

Newly published research from Caltech describes ancient water flows and lakes on Mars, and what this might mean about the ancient climate. We have heard the Mars exploration mantra for more than a decade: follow the water. In a new paper published October 9, 2015, in the journal Science, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team […]

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Mission Engineers Prepare for Curiosity’s Landing on Mars

July 16, 2012

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area where NASA's Curiosity rover will land

Mission engineers continue to ready for the August Curiosity landing inside Gale Crater and the critical seven minute period when Curiosity must decelerate from about 5,900 meters per second to allow the rover to land on the surface at about three-fourths of a meter per second. Pasadena, California — NASA’s most advanced planetary rover is […]

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NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Changes Trajectory

January 12, 2012

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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft

It took a three-hour series of thruster-engine firings for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft to pull off the maneuver to refine its flight path while on its journey to Mars. Once there, the rover Curiosity will explore a region inside Gale Crater to see if it holds clues about whether life existed on Mars. PASADENA, […]

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