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Why Has Curiosity Slowed Down Its Course During Its First Mars Year?

The Mars Curiosity Rover has completed its first Mars year in the Red Planet — 687 Earth days exploring and drilling on its way to its first destination — Murray Buttes. Overall, it’s been a Mars year full of successes, even if we haven’t found proof of life in Mars yet. But the rover has slowed down significantly. Why?


Curiosity Took Hundreds Of Microbes To Mars -- And Many May Still Be Alive

Despite the best efforts of NASA, it’s impossible to put craft into space that are entirely clean. Now, a study shows that Curiosity was sent up to Mars with 377 strains of microbes aboard — and up to 11 per cent may have made it to the surface of the red planet.


Weird, Bright Light Spotted On Mars

Do you see it? There’s a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It’s on the left side of the photo, and it’s pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the universe? A superhero?


Mars Curiosity Having Fun Driving On Dunes

This is fun. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover driving over dunes in Mars. Check out the view from the back, after going through all that sand.


Here Is What Earth Looks Like From Mars

Yeah, I can totally see it! How can you miss that? It’s right there. Clear eyes, full Earth, can’t miss. Wait, really? No of course not. Anyone who tells you that is either a liar or a hawk. Earth looks incredibly tiny up in that Martian sky. Sure, if you squint hard enough and fake it long enough, you’ll spot it the dot but it’s not unlike looking for dust on a wall.


We're Being Overprotective Of Mars

Mars is a big boy. At 4.5 billion years old, the Red Planet can surely take care of itself by now — but you wouldn’t know it based on the great lengths NASA and friends go to protect it from contamination by Earthly debris. Some astrobiologists think these measures are unnecessary.


Curiosity Discovers A Giant Lake Once Suitable For Life On Mars

The possibility that Mars was once home to all kinds of life is looking better and better with each new Curiosity discovery. According to newly published research, the rover has stumbled across a site in the Gale Crater that scientists believe might have once been a lake full of life.


NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water In Martian Soil

Just when you thought ol’ Curiosity was digging in for the year, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the experiments that led to the discovery. That’s right. There’s water on Mars.


Curiosity Just Took The Sharpest Photos Of A Solar Eclipse On Mars Yet

Thanks to Curiosity’s lonely existence, we just got the clearest, most detailed images of a solar eclipse that’s ever been taken from the surface of Mars — at least, the clearest images ever taken by humans.


7 Ways NASA Making The Mars Rover Sing Itself "Happy Birthday" Is Sad

As you may know, yesterday was Curiosity’s one-year anniversary on Mars, where it’s been spending its time wandering the desolate, barren Martian desert in inconceivable levels of solitude. And how did NASA decide to commemorate the occasion? Happy birthday, idiot. Now dance, monkey — dance! Here’s why it’s sad.