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  1. Space

    Curiosity Rover May Risk Life In Dangerous “Dingo Gap”

    This week NASA is deliberating sending their Curiosity rover on an expedition into Dingo Gap- a mission that they admit could bring an end to Curiosity's quest for knowledge, and leaving her to die a lonely death far from our comforting embrace.

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  2. Space

    NASA Gets Sued For Not Noticing That Mars Mystery Rock Is Totally An Alien

    The Case of The Jelly Doughnut-Rock On Mars has yet to be cracked, and in an extreme development yesterday, one alien enthusiast is even suing NASA for failing to pursue the extraterrestrial origins of Pinnacle Island. Thanks to the e-mails that we've also been getting from the Plaintiff, we can tell you exactly why he's pursuing legal action.

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  3. Space

    William Shatner Thinks Martians Might Be Throwing Rocks At Our Rover

    The case of the jelly-doughnut rock on Mars is still being cracked, and at a NASA panel reflecting on the Rovers' accomplishments, it was revealed that even late-to-the-game William Shatner thinks Martians might be behind the mysteriously composed rock.

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  4. Space

    Stop What You’re Doing and Look at This Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars

    No, seriously, check it out. This is the first gigapixel image produced from almost 900 images snapped by the Curiosity Rover, and all billion-plus pixels of it are totally amazing. The clarity with which you can see the rocky landscape of the Red Planet, looking south from the it's perch at the so-called Rock Nest, is unmatched by any images we've seen. It's like being there. You can almost feel the Martian wind blowing crimson sand past you. You can see the amazing panorama courtesy of NASA right here, along with the option to view the image on a cylinder, look at raw and color-corrected versions, and of course zoom in to get a better look at the details of what certainly seems like every rock on the planet.

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  5. Space

    It Seems That NASA Has Drawn a Giant Penis on the Surface of Mars

    We love photos from space as much as the next guy, but there are some pictures we probably never need to see. Like when one of NASA's Mars rovers leaves a distinctly phallic line of tracks in the dirt, inscribing what looks for all the world like the sort of crude drawing of a penis you can see on men's room walls the world over on the face of another planet. 

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  6. Space

    Amateur Astronomers May Have Found Long Lost Russian Mars Lander

     

    In 1971 , Russia put the first lander on Mars that survived its touchdown on the Red Planet, as Mars 3 was able to transmit data back from Mars to Earth -- for a grand total of nearly 15 seconds. After that amazing quarter of a minute, Mars 3 went dark for unknown reasons, and was never heard from again, becoming lost to the annals of space exploration. Now, though, a group of Russian Mars enthusiasts working with recent photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter think they've found the wreckage of the long lost lander.

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  7. Space

    Curiosity Rover Gets Latest Taste Of Martian Bedrock, Chemical Analysis Underway

    The Curiosity Rover got its latest taste of Martian bedrock drilled from the planet's surface this week, and we are left to assume that it tasted like victory. Victory and sand, sure, but mostly victory. After penetrating the surface of the planet earlier this month, yesterday saw Curiosity ingest samples into its internal chemistry labs, meaning new analysis of previously untouched Martian soil is officially under way.

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  8. Space

    Buzz Kill: No Organic Molecules Found On Mars So Far, Says NASA

    NASA has taken it upon itself to make sure we're not all getting too excited about the possibility of life on Mars, stepping in today to let everyone know that the Curiosity Rover has not found organic molecules -- which could indicate the presence of organic life in the planet's history -- on the Red Planet.

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  9. Space

    What Did NASA Find on Mars That Has Them So Excited?

    Have you ever had to keep a secret that you really, really wanted to share, but you couldn't because the timing wasn't right? That seems like the position NASA is in right now. After a whirlwind first couple of months on the surface of the Red Planet, the rover Curiosity has been silent, idling for sometime. Analysts Earth-side are poring over data from a series of five sand samples recently analyzed in the rover's mobile chemistry lab, the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) unit. There's no word on what they've found quite yet, but researchers are willing to say that it's something big. Like, historical event big. Considering Curiosity's mission is to find life on Mars, there's pretty much just one thing that could be considered historically big news from the rover -- signs of life on Mars. Not that anyone is saying that right now -- but sometimes, the way in which you don't say something could speak more than what you do say, and this certainly feels like one of those times.

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  10. Space

    This Is the Coolest Self Portrait of Curiosity You Will See Maybe Ever

    If the Curiosity rover had an OKCupid profile picture, this awesome self portrait would totally be it. Thanks to its reflective surfaces and rotating turret arm, the Curiosity rover can photograph itself as it travels across Mars, which would seem kind of self-absorbed if it weren't so utterly fantastic. This picture, which is a mosaic of 55 images stitched together brilliantly by NASA technicians, was taken just yesterday. Hit the jump for the full image.

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  11. Space

    This is the First Human Voice Broadcast From Mars

    We don't know how NASA administrator Charles Bolden won the rights to become the first human voice transmitted from Mars, but we dearly hope the matter was settled in the traditional way -- a lirpa-wielding battle to the death. Even if it wasn't -- and really, don't tell us if it wasn't -- this is still pretty cool. Bolden's dulcet tones rung out across the solar system yesterday from the recently landed Curiosity rover, offering a missive that is equal parts "Thank you letter to everyone involved in the project," and, "Yeah, we landed a rover on Mars," claim on bragging rights.

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  12. Space

    You (Yes, You!) Can Experience the Terror of Landing a Multi-Billion Dollar Rover on Mars With XBox Kinect!

    Early next month, the 2,000 pound Curiosity rover will finally touch down on the surface of Mars and just doing that will require one of the most ingenious and daring landings that NASA has yet attempted. Now, Earthlings can try their hand at conquering the "seven minutes of terror" with a new Kinect game for Xbox. Unlike the space program, this one is completely free!

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  13. Space

    Here’s a Picture From NASA’s Curiosity Rover Enroute to Mars

    NASA's Curiosity rover, the largest rover ever dispatched from Earth, is a little over halfway to its landing on Mars. With a scheduled landing on August 6 of this year, NASA engineers thought it was a good time to fire up Curiosity's onboard camera. This is what they saw.

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  14. Space

    Most Powerful Piece of Evidence for Water on Mars Found by NASA Rover

    NASA rover Opportunity has found what is described as "the single most powerful piece of evidence for liquid water at Mars," by Steve Squyres, Opportunity's principle investigator. The evidence, announced by researchers yesterday, is a mineral vein, comprised of gypsum that was almost certainly deposited by a water source. Opportunity has been trolling Mars for eight years along with its twin, Spirit, and this recent discovery of a mineral vein around the rim of the massive crater Endeavor is its most exciting discovery to date.

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  15. Space

    NASA Set to Launch Next Mars Rover, Curiosity, This Week

    Though the launch of the new Mars rover, Curiosity, was delayed for two years, that didn't stop what we all hope will be the little rover that could, as NASA is set to launch the rover this week, on Saturday, November 26. Launching from Florida's venerable Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after a one day delay caused by a rocket battery problem, Curiosity will set out to determine if Mars ever supported, or still supports, microbial life. Yes, technically, Curiosity's job is to determine if there is -- or ever was -- alien life.

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