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read the article 'NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test'
November 29, 2016
Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter.
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read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite'
November 2, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover confirms that it is an iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the Red Planet's sky.
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read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter'
October 3, 2016
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After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet visited by a Mars rover, NASA's Curiosity mobile laboratory is driving toward uphill destinations as part of its two-year mission extension that commenced Oct. 1.
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read the article 'Curiosity Finds Evidence of Mars Crust Contributing to Atmosphere'
September 29, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence that chemistry in the surface material on Mars contributed to the makeup of its atmosphere.
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read the article 'A Mixed-reality Trip to Mars'
September 19, 2016

It'll be years before the first astronauts leave the launch pad on Earth to journey to Mars. But starting Sept. 19, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will get a taste of what those astronauts will see when they touch down on the Red Planet.
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read the article 'Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations'
September 9, 2016

The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount Sharp. The new images arguably rival photos taken in U.S. National Parks.
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Feature
read the article 'Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes''
August 19, 2016

Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360-degree color panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Rover Game Released for Curiosity's Anniversary'
August 3, 2016

Nearing the fourth anniversary of Curiosity landing on Mars, the rover works on collecting a 17th sample, while Earthlings can play a new social media game about Mars exploration.
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read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own'
July 21, 2016

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for the laser and telescopic camera of its ChemCam instrument. For example, on-board software analyzed the Navcam image at left, chose the target indicated with a yellow dot, and pointed ChemCam for laser shots and the image at right.
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Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Resumes Full Operations'
July 6, 2016

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is resuming full operations today, following work by engineers to investigate why the rover put itself into a safe standby mode on July 2. The rover team brought Curiosity out of safe mode on July 9.
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read the article 'NASA Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise'
June 30, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Some of the wind-sculpted sand ripples on Mars are a type not seen on Earth, and their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere today provides new clues about the atmosphere's history.
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read the article 'NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past'
June 27, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now.
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read the article 'NASA Weighs Use of Rover to Image Potential Mars Water Sites'
June 24, 2016

Ever since it was announced that there may be evidence of liquid water on present-day Mars, NASA scientists have wondered how best to further investigate these long, seasonally changing dark streaks in the hope of finding evidence of life -- past or present -- on the Red Planet
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read the article 'NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars'
June 22, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.
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read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain'
June 13, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after six months studying other features.
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read the article 'Second Cycle of Martian Seasons Completing for Curiosity Rover'
May 11, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has completed its second Martian year since landing in 2012, recording environmental patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons.
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read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau'
April 27, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months on Mars.
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read the article 'NASA Seeks Industry Ideas for an Advanced Mars Satellite'
April 21, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s.
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Feature
read the article ''Mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth'
March 30, 2016

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality.
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read the article 'NASA Selects Scientists for Mars Rover Research Projects'
March 11, 2016

NASA has selected 28 researchers as participating scientists for the Curiosity Mars rover mission, including six newcomers to the rover's science team.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Celebrating Women in Science'
February 12, 2016

Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory pose for a photo in mission control in honor of Women in Science Day.
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Feature
read the article 'Mars Landing Pioneer Elected To National Academy of Engineering'
February 9, 2016

Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, is being honored with admission into the National Academy of Engineering.
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Feature
read the article 'Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover'
January 27, 2016

Curiosity Self-Portrait at Martian Sand Dune
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read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand'
January 21, 2016

At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Rover Rounds Martian Dune to Get to the Other Side'
January 4, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity rover has driven to the downwind side of an active sand dune and returned images of cascaded sand.
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