Curiosity Captures Rocket Stage Crash; Perseid Meteors Peak Tonight!

The mystery of the blob in one of the first images taken by one of Curiosity’s Hazcams has been solved. NASA officials first thought it might be dust on the lens or even a dust devil in the distance, but it now appears to be the impact plume from the sky crane when it crash…
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What Does Earth Look Like From Mars?

Now that Curiosity’s safe and secure on the Red Planet and snapping photos of everything in sight, I hope it focuses its cameras on Earth sometime soon. The rover sits inside the 96-mile-wide Gale Crater in Mars’ eastern hemisphere just 5.4 degrees south of the equator. I was curious what the sky looks from Curiosity’s…
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Curiosity Snaps First Color Panorama Of Mars

Who could let the day go by without checking in Curiosity? Let me guess – taking pictures again? I’m happy to report that the high-resolution cameras were used today to shoot the first color panorama. The photo above looks kind of ordinary until you click it and arrive at the full panorama. Wait till you…
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Don’t Miss The Perseids, The Year’s Best Meteor Shower

Mars has so dominated astronomy news this week, it might be easy to ignore everything else in the sky. I’m here to tell you to put the coffee on for the year’s best meteor shower. Yep, you guessed it – the annual Perseids (PURR-see-ids) are back! The Perseids stand out in several ways: they happen…
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Curiosity Thrills With First Eye-level Photos Of Distant Mountains

The trickle of Mars photos is fast becoming a torrent. ┬áCuriosity’s mast, the pole-like affair sticking out of the rover that holds the high resolution color cameras and navigational cameras (NavCams), went up this morning. We’re finally getting clear, high resolution pictures taken at eye level. Check out those mountains! Want to browse more images?…
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