News Briefs

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    Astrobiology Magazine looks at the first images of the Curiosity rover at Mars, and the reasons that the MSL team are so excited about what they're seeing.
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    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of the Curiosity rover when it was still connected to its 51-foot-wide (almost 16 meter) parachute as it descended towards its landing site at Gale Crater.
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    Curiosity has successfully touched down on Mars. Several minutes later, amidst the cheers and high-fives at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the rover’s first image was received on Earth.
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    Curiosity is scheduled to touch down on the martian surface at around 10:30 pm PDT on Sunday, August 5. Landing on Mars is an immense challenge, and in order to get to the surface, Curiosity will be using new technologies, like the "sky crane" system,
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    NASA's newest Mars mission is a bold step forward in our study of life's past and present potential on Mars. However, to accomplish its goals, the Curiosity rover will also draw on support from previous missions sent to Mars years ago.
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    Simulations of the vaporization of Earth-like planets tell planet-hunting astronomers what to look for in the atmospheres of candidate super-Earths.
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    Soon the rover Curiosity will land on Mars. By design it won’t involve life-detection, but it was assembled to look for the carbon-based building blocks of Martian life and to explore the possible habitats where life might once have existed.
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    This past Saturday, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory completed what may be the last flight-path adjustment needed before landing day.
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    A new study indicates that large polygon features on Mars may have been formed in the same way as similar structures on Earth - at the bottom of an ocean.
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  • Grand Views for the Camera
    Astronaut Don Pettit recounts his arrival at the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew, and some notable views of Earth from orbit that he glimpsed from onboard.
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    Astronomers have detected the first exoplanetary system with regularly aligned orbits similar to those in our solar system.
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    Scientists have discovered a new gene in bacteria that may be a key to life's survival in some of Earth's most extreme environments.
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    Scientists studying meteorite fragments have found evidence that liquid water inside an asteroid could be the reason that the amino acids found in meteorites show a strong preference for left-handed versus right-handed orientations.
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    Fifty years ago, American astronaut John Glenn was launched into Earth orbit.
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    A new study on Australian sea stars indicates that a new species can arise in as little as 6,000 years.
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