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NEW COMET! KABLAM! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! (Welllll? We are!)

There is a new and very bright comet out there.  Which of course means that it is the end of the world as we know it… maybe.  Maybe not.  In any event, it should be bright! And we might need … Continue reading

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Watching Curiosity Land. Just Too Cool

This was so cool. I stayed up to watch the landing of the Mars Rover. I felt like a little kid again.

First images:

UPDATE
New photos from Mars Rover Curiositas:

UPDATE:
I watched it again and it gave me goose-flesh, again.
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Shorter, of just the … Continue reading

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MARS LANDING SOON! Gravity of Mars is now pulling Curiosity.

From the JPL:
Mars Tugging on Approaching NASA Rover Curiosity
August 04, 2012
PASADENA, Calif. – The gravitational tug of Mars is now pulling NASA’s car-size geochemistry laboratory, Curiosity, in for a suspenseful landing in less than 40 hours. [About 35 as I … Continue reading

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New Mars Rover News

We haven’t forgotten poor Spirit, but…
NASA to Announce Landing Site for New Mars Rover
July 18, 2011
WASHINGTON — NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce … Continue reading

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More tests on Spirit: not encouraging

In case you missed this news about the intrepid little Mars Rover Spirit.
Further Tests Designed for Rover’s Right-Rear Wheel
December 07, 2009
A series of diagnostic tests on Spirit’s right-rear wheel on sols 2104 and 2105 (Dec. 3 and 4) investigated stalls … Continue reading

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“I think I can! I think I can!”

From Astronomy Pic of the Day comes a tale about The Little Mars Rover That Could!
Nereus Crater on Mars Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, JPL, NASA; Image Processing: Kenneth Kremer
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“Curiosity”

This is fun!
NEWS RELEASE: 2009-089                                                                                May 27, 2009
NASA Selects Student’s Entry as New Mars Rover Name
PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, scheduled for launch in 2011, has a new name, thanks to a sixth-grade student from Kansas. Twelve-year-old … Continue reading

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