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Rock On! Curiosity Spots a Heavy Metal Meteorite

by Jason Major July 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Talk about heavy metal! This shiny, lumpy rock spotted by NASA’s Curiosity rover is likely made mostly of iron — and came from outer space! It’s an iron meteorite, similar to ones found in years past by Curiosity’s forerunners Spirit and […]

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Curiosity Marks Milestone Anniversary – 1 Martian Year On Mars!

by Ken Kremer June 24, 2014

NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated a milestone anniversary today, June 24 – 1 Martian Year on Mars! A Martian year is equivalent to 687 Earth days, or nearly two Earth years. Remove this ad Ken Kremer on Google+

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Opportunity Overlooks Ridge for Spectacular Vista of Vast Martian Crater and Habitable Zone Ahead

by Ken Kremer May 24, 2014

NASA’s incredibly long lived Opportunity rover has driven to the ridgeline of a Martian mountain and captured spectacular panoramic vistas peering down into the vast expanse of huge Endeavour crater and out along the jagged rim segments leading to her next target – which scientists believe holds minerals indicative of a habitable zone. See mosaic […]

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Hello From Mars! Curiosity Smiles in Her Latest “Selfie”

by Jason Major April 28, 2014

This is very cute — Curiosity’s latest “selfie,” a mosaic I assembled from about a dozen images acquired with the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument on April 27-28, 2014 (Sol 613), with the 5.5-km-high Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) rising in the background. Click the image for a high-res version. While it’s far from a perfect image […]

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Is Saturn Making a New Moon?

by Jason Major April 14, 2014

Congratulations! It’s a baby… moon? A bright clump spotted orbiting Saturn at the outermost edge of its A ring may be a brand new moon in the process of being born, according to research recently published in the journal Icarus. “We have not seen anything like this before,” said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University […]

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