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The “before” and “after” shots of Curiosity’s wheels are pretty striking. Although the rover’s wheels are designed to sustain significant damage without putting the mission at risk, mission managers are assessing a recent acceleration in perforations and rips in the wheels’ aluminum. See more photos

Mars Rover Finds Ancient Life-Supporting Lakebed

The site where NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed last year contains at least one lake that would have been perfectly suited for colonies of simple, rock-eating microbes found in caves and hydrothermal vents on Earth. Read more

This Scoop of Mars Soil is Two Percent Water

Yesterday was a BIG day for Mars exploration — the first scoop of Mars soil analyzed by NASA’s Mars Science Lab in October is 2% water by weight. This is groundbreaking as this will be a valuable resource for future colonists and could have ramifications for the continuing search of microbial life on Mars. Find out more

Year One: Mars Rover Curiosity’s Key Discoveries

Can you believe it’s been a year since Curiosity landed on Mars? Although its mission has only just begun, let’s take a quick look at some of the cool science the Mars Science Laboratory has been doing in the Mars dirt for the past 12 months.

NASA’s Next Mars Rover to Search for Past Life

NASA’s follow-on Mars rover should not only look for signs of past life, but also prepare samples for an eventual return to Earth, a science advisory team said Tuesday. Read more

Is Mars Infested With Pareidolia Rats?
…speaking of Mars. What the heck is THAT? Mars rat? A Red Planet gopher? A… rock?! Yeah, it’s a rock.

Is Mars Infested With Pareidolia Rats?

…speaking of Mars. What the heck is THAT? Mars rat? A Red Planet gopher? A… rock?! Yeah, it’s a rock.

Mars Explorers Face Huge Radiation Problem

A radiation sensor inside NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows that even under the best-case scenario and behind shielding currently being designed for NASA’s new deep-space capsule, future travelers will face a huge amount of radiation.

Eek!

Rough Roving: Curiosity’s Wheels Show Damage

Recent photos from Curiosity show dents, scratches and suspect punctures in the wheels’ aluminum skin. Is it a serious problem? Discovery News finds out from Curiosity’s lead rover driver Matt Heverly.

Curiosity, Interrupted: Sun Makes Mars Go Dark

NASA has stopped sending commands to Mars rover Curiosity and will soon follow suit for rover Opportunity, Odyssey and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). But don’t worry, government cutbacks haven’t severed interplanetary communications, you can blame the sun. Read more.

Curiosity’s Parachute Flaps in the Martian Wind

Apart from being a minor curiosity and a lovely reminder that we have satellites capable of observing temporal weather events on another planet, these flapping events may help explain why the Viking landers’ parachutes still remain visible from orbit since their landing in 1976 — windy events dust-off the bright parachute material. Also, the motion of a large piece of fabric on the surface of Mars provides a direct view of the weather conditions on the ground, much like a windsock on an airfield provides pilots with general information about wind direction and speed.

Mars Was a Suitable Environment for Life

The first analysis of powder drilled out from the inside of water-soaked rock shows Mars was a suitable place for microbial life to evolve, scientists with NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity mission said Tuesday.

The ingredients may be there… but was life? Read more

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