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NASA Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ

PASADENA, Calif — The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.

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Curiosity Prepares to Drill First Martian Rock

Curiosity’s destination for its first drilling will be this patch of veined, flat-lying rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

A little over five months since making landfall on the blood-red surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover is heading towards its first sample-drilling target: a flat rock, laced with pale veins, which may yield clues about [...]

Curiosity Snaps ‘Trophy Pic’ of Itself on Mars

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

On Friday Sept. 7, 2012 (Sol 32) the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” turned its camera around and snapped this picture of itself from its landing spot in Gale Crater. The camera fixture is located on Curiosity’s spindly robotic arm. 

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Curiosity Fires High-Powered Laser in Preparation for Science Mission

This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. The composite incorporates a Navigation Camera image taken prior to the test, with insets taken by the camera in ChemCam. The circular insert highlights the rock before the laser test. [...]

Curiosity's Big Gun Readied For Use

The Mars Science Laboratory rover ‘Curiosity’ is set to use its Chemistry Camera or ‘ChemCam’ on rocks. This tool is the most powerful laser ever employed on a planetary mission and may help scientists determine whether-or-not the Red Plaent ever harbored life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity is getting ready to use her laser cannon. [...]