Milestone of the Day: Curiosity Celebrates One Year on Mars!

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To commemorate the first anniversary of Curiosity's landing on Mars, NASA takes a look back at the rover's twelve months of expedition so far in this video footage filmed from the rover's eye view.

Mars Rover Finds Traces of Complex Chemicals But No Definitive Sign of Organic Life

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Mars Rover Finds Traces of Complex Chemicals But No Definitive Sign of Organic Life
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NASA finally revealed the findings of Mars Curiosity today, announcing that the rover had discovered chemical compounds known as perchlorate, as well as water, sulfur and chlorine-containing substances in a Martian soil sample. The news came amidst heavy anticipations and rumored speculations that the rover had found signs of organic life, which was debunked earlier by the U.S. space agency as not true shortly before the announcement today. However, the scientists continued to take a careful approach to their findings by adding that the result won't be deemed conclusive until all possibilities of earthly contaminants in the sampled soil have been ruled out.

Space Shot of the Day

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Today's space shot comes from the recently updated version of Google Earth's Mars exploration add-on, which features hi-def resolution images of the Red Planet's surface (20 feet per pixel) captured by the Context Camera (CTX) onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Start exploring today by downloading Google Earth!



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

Space Shot of the Day

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This is a false-color composite image of Valles Marineris, Planet Mars' very own Grand Canyon, captured by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) aboard ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. Stretching across the Martian highlands for 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers) in length, 124 miles wide and up to 6.8 miles deep, Valles Marineris is considered one of the largest known canyon systems in the solar system.



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work of the Day

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work of the Day
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The lonely Curiosity rover is poised to get a companion on Mars in September 2016 -- so long as NASA's next mission, InSight, goes as planned.

Where Curiosity has been tasked with exploring the surface of Mars, a second rover is needed to probe its innards.

"We're really clueless about the interior," said NASA director of Planetary Science Jim Green.

And by 2016, us earthlings will be more than ready for a little Red Planet romance.

[themarysue]

When Curiosity Landed On Mars of the Day

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Holy schnikes -- Mark Rober's story could well qualify as a heartwarming tearjerker.

An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Rober has spent the past seven years of his life working on the Curiosity Rover.

Watch as his whole world comes down to seven heart-pounding minutes.

[devour]

LMFAO Parody of the Day

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The Mars Curiosity rover -- and its team -- get down in "NASA and We Know It."

[satire]