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.

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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.

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Carl Sagan's Message To Mars of the Day

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In 1996, just months before he died, astronomer/astrophysicist/author Carl Sagan recorded this message to future colonists living on Mars.

Very interesting to hear 16 years later, in the light of Curiosity's landing, and cuts jeopardizing our national space programs.

Hopefully a few politicians are listening to his words of wisdom.

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Early Bird Special

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Early Bird Special: At 5:57 AM this morning, Space Shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth safely, bringing to a close the 135th and final mission of NASA's 30-year-long Space Shuttle Program.

"Mission complete, Houston," mission commander Christopher Ferguson radioed in as the shuttle touched down at Kennedy Space Center's Runway 15. "After serving the

Edge Of Space Photo of the Day

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Edge Of Space Photo of the Day: The StratoShuttle-1, a helium-filled weather balloon launched by a group of students with help from the California-based nonprofit Quest for Stars, captured this breathtaking shot of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from 89,000 feet above ground.

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Obligatory Overhead Space Shuttle Launch Photo of the Day

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Obligatory Overhead Space Shuttle Launch Photo of the Day: The final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis as seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft.

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End Of An Era of the Day

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End Of An Era of the Day: Space Shuttle Atlantis, manned by Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, charged into space this morning for the very last time.