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NASA to launch new Mars rover in 2020

Curiosity is to be joined on Mars by a second rover based on the same design as its predecessor. The success of Curiosity has spurred on plans to laun…

Did warm water once flow on Mars ?

Meteor impacts may have once heated up the water on Mars sufficiently for life to have developed. The hunt for water on Mars has always been considere…

Curiosity takes stunning self-portrait

NASA’s Curiosity rover has used its robotic arm to take a detailed photograph of itself on Mars. One of the advantages of Curiosity over previous Mars…

Curiosity finds no methane on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been unable to find any signs of methane on the Red Planet. The presence of methane on Mars would have been a promisin…

Curiosity finds evidence of old streambed

The Mars Curiosity rover has come across evidence of ancient flowing streams in several locations. New photographs returned from the rover show expose…

Now That’s Rocket Science: An Interview with JPL’s Steve Collins

A couple weeks ago, I promised a couple interviews with members of the JPL Curiosity Rover team. Today we start with attitude control engineer Steve Collins, who’s been working for NASA for the last 20 years, starting with the failed Mars Observer orbiter, launched in 1992. Since that time, JPL has been responsible for numerous [...]

Should we send humans to Mars ?

Even if we do overcome the technological hurdles in reaching other worlds, should we actually go there ? Living and working on a planet such as Mars w…

Curiosity rover comes across strange rock

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has discovered a strange pyramid shaped rock on the Martian surface. Nicknamed “Jake Matijevic” after the surface operatio…

Is Curiosity carrying Earth bacteria ?

NASA’s Mars rover may have inadvertantly carried bacteria from Earth on to Mars in its drillbits. Reports have suggested that a NASA engineer may have…

The Cats of Mars Meet the Toy Car

(vimeo link) The cats of Mars lead everyday, normal lives until a NASA rover comes to visit. That is, if Martian cats on a flying carpet is what you’d call “normal.” Jacob Stålhammar wrote Cats on Mars in 2004 and finished the Swedish animated version in 2010. Now translated into Englsh! Link  -via mental_floss