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Curiosity rover taking a breather for a few days

Provided by Guy Webster, NASA JPL NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that halted a process of transferring sample material between devices on the rover's robotic arm. Telemetry received...

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NASA rover finds active, ancient organic chemistry on Mars

Provided by Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply...

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Curiosity Finds Evidence That Water Helped Form Mars’ Mount Sharp

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years were responsible for the creation of Mount Sharp on Mars, according to observations conducted by NASA’s Curiosity Rover in Gale Crater. This interpretation of the...

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Second Time Through, Mars Rover Examines Chosen Rocks

Provided by Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has completed a reconnaissance "walkabout" of the first outcrop it reached at the base of the mission's destination mountain and has begun a second pass examining selected rocks in the outcrop in more detail. Exposed...

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Mars MAVEN Orbiter Demonstrates Its Relay Prowess

Provided by Guy Webster/Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Nancy Neal Jones/Goddard Space Flight Center The newest node in NASA's Mars telecommunications network -- a radio aboard the MAVEN orbiter custom-designed for data links with robots on the surface of Mars -- handled a copious 550 megabits...

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Curiosity Mission Yields First Confirmation Of Mineral Mapped From Orbit

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Curiosity rover team announced a major milestone on Tuesday, as samples obtained from the base of Mount Sharp in late September provided the mission’s first confirmation of a mineral previously mapped from orbit. The samples, collected by...

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NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, Sept. 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches...

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives At Martian Mountain

Guy Webster, DC Agle and Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an...

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NASA Telecon To Discuss Mars Curiosity Science Plans

Dwayne Brown and DC Agle, NASA NASA will host a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission. Participants in the teleconference will be: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA...

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Mars Rover Team Chooses Not To Drill ‘Bonanza King’

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling. The rock, called "Bonanza King," moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on...