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Judges working for NASA have narrowed the list of possible names for the space agency’s new Mars rover to 155 student entries—different names that include everything from Dusty and Dreamer to Tenacity and Little Tinker. Whichever student wins the grand prize will get an invitation to see the new Mars rover launch into space at Cape Canaveral in July of 2020.

In late 2016, the drill used by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity began to malfunction due to an apparent mechanical failure. Today, NASA will test a new method that could restore the drill's critical jackhammering capability and by consequence, the rover's ability to analyse Martian rock samples.

After months of steady progress, NASA's Curiosity rover has reached the top of Vera Rubin Ridge. And like the good mountain climber that it is, the rover took the opportunity to look around and bask in the view from up high. The resulting panorama - stitched together from 16 individual photos - is one of the most spectacular and goose-bump-inducing images we've ever seen of the Red Planet.

Over the past few days, NASA's Curiosity rover has been making a steady climb towards a strange Martian ridge that's captivated scientists since before the mission even started. Known as Vera Ridge after the pioneering astrophysicist Vera Rubin, the durable outcrop could shed new light on the environment and potential habitability of ancient Mars. Although the climb has proven a challenging one, Curiosity has managed to capture some spectacular photos along the way.