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Nasa's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation
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Nasa's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars.

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?
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If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter's moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA's Galileo...

Nasa's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars
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Nasa's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars this week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life.

Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars
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Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove twice as far on July 21 as on any other day of the mission so far: 109.7 yards (100.3 meters).

Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving
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Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer (about 0.62 mile).

Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover
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Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover

The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for...

Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover
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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great...

How to Target an Asteroid
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How to Target an Asteroid

Like many of his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days.

Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic
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Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members...

Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover
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Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover

The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been...

NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample
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NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another...

Nasa Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
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Nasa Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample...

NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock
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NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet.

Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover
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Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has ingested its first solid sample into an analytical instrument inside the rover, a capability at the core of the two-year mission...

What's Baking on Titan?
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What's Baking on Titan?

Radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal some new curiosities on the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan, including a nearly circular feature that...

Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan
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Bounce, Skid, Wobble: How Huygens Landed on Titan

The European Space Agency's Huygens probe, ferried to Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, bounced, slid and wobbled its way to rest in the 10 seconds...

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil
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NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil

NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.

Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target
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Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target

NASA's rover Curiosity touched a Martian rock with its robotic arm for the first time on Sept. 22, assessing what chemical elements are in the rock called "Jake...

Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror
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Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror

NASA's Dawn mission is releasing two parting views of the giant asteroid Vesta, using images that were among the last taken by the spacecraft as it departed its...

Calibration Target For Curiosity's Arm Camera
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Calibration Target For Curiosity's Arm Camera

This view of the calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during the...
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