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.


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.


LMFAO Parody of the Day

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


360° Mars Panorama of the Day

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Now we can explore the Red Planet in high-res, thanks to a new interactive panorama of Mars stitched together from shots taken at the Curiosity rover's landing site.

For the mohawk guy in us all.


This Is Why The Internet Exists of the Day

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So President Obama got on the horn with NASA's Curiosity team today and gave a nice little shout out to everyone's favorite geek -- "I understand there's a special mohawk guy that's working on the mission. I in the past thought about getting a mohawk myself."

@stefanjbecket promptly threw down a challenge: "Is someone going to shop the president with a mohawk or do I have to do everything around here"

@Darth was ON IT.


Mars Pr0n of the Day

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NASA has just released a 360-degree interactive panoramic (embiggen image) of Mars, created from footage taken by the Opportunity rover between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while the rover was stationed on an outcrop of the rim of the ancient Endeavour Crater.

While there are no alien life forms to be found -- and, really, it's pretty much just a tease for what is sure to be amazing footage from the much more technologically advanced Curiosity rover in the weeks to come -- we'll take it.


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In Case You Missed It of the Day

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The Curiosity Rover made it to Mars late Sunday night, and so far all we've got is this single high-res photo.

But it was more than enough to send NASA engineers into ecstasy, since the Curiosity's landing sequence -- coined The Seven Minutes of Terror -- requires six vehicle configurations, 76 pyrotechnic devices, the largest supersonic parachute ever built, and more than 500,000 lines of code.

According to NASA administrator Charles Bolden, "new technologies never invented or attempted before were created for this journey," and that the odds for success were actually just 40 percent.

Curiosity, the most sophisticated Rover ever built is now on the surface of the red planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether or not life ever existed there on Mars or if the planet can sustain life in the future.

More photos to come, we can be sure of that.


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