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Curiosity's Next Mission Will Focus On Life On Mars

The Curiosity rover was sent up to Mars with the important job of hunting for microbes on the red planet’s surface. Now, that job is done, and Curiosity is getting a new mission — and that mission is all about the past, and future, of life on Mars.


NASA Has Called Off The Launch For Its Brand New Mars Lander

Mars InSight lander was set to blast its way towards the red planet just three short months from now. Today, NASA announced that leaks that had sprung up in the lander wouldn’t be fixed in time. The next window to send it back won’t be for two years — and whether it will make it even then isn’t certain.


For The First Time Ever, A Rover Has Ventured Onto A Martian Sand Dune

NASA’s Curiosity rover has boldly gone where no robotic probe has gone before: a Martian sand dune.


There's Something Odd In The Shadows Of The Curiosity Rover's Selfie

Look at Curiosity. Now, look at Curiosity’s shadow. Notice anything?


Stunning Photo Shows Where The Curiosity Rover Is Headed Next On Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover is currently drilling holes on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in a region called the Stimson Unit. It recently took a break from its duties to take some long-range photos of a hilly region that the rover will explore in the coming months and years.


A Fan Stitched Together The Best Selfie Of Curiosity Yet  

Behold Kevin Gill’s mosaic image of NASA’s Mars rover, which is just as good as the official selfies of Curiosity. The Nashua, NH, software engineer stitched together dozens of high-resolution photos taken by the MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) camera of the rover, and the result is a stunning self portrait of the car-sized robotic explorer.


The First Alien Sounds Of Mars Are So Damn Spooky

Video: This is a great video that shows the entire trip of the Mars Opportunity Rover on one side while tracking the trip on the red planet on the other. It’s cool to know where Opportunity has gone and what it has seen, but perhaps the craziest thing of the video is hearing the noise of the planet. It’s just so damn freaky.


Watch The Sun Go Down On Mars

At the end of another long day examining rocks on Mars, Curiosity stopped for a moment to watch the sun go down — the first time in 956 sunsets that the rover has watched it in colour.


Curiosity Has A Rock Wedged In Its Wheel

Like any vehicle, Curiosity’s wheels have to roll over whatever lies in its path. Sadly, that path isn’t always smooth: Now, the rover has a chunk of rock wedged in one of the grooves of its wheels.


Curiosity Has Found Nitrates Important For Life On Mars

Samples obtained by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars have been analysed and shown to contain nitrogen compounds, that are a source of nutrients for living things.


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