What’s That Musket Ball Doing On Mars?

It looks ever so much like an early 18th century musket ball, but the chances of soldiers traipsing around Mars a couple hundred years ago seems unlikely. Even if it’s the god of war. NASA’s Curiosity rover snapped this photo during a routine round of landscape imaging on September 11th. There’s nothing like seeing a…
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Planets, Moon Gather At Dusk / Curiosity Chews Into Mt. Sharp

Space weather experts are forecasting a minor G1 geomagnetic storm with possible auroras across the northern U.S. and southern Canada this evening. While you’re out watching for that telltale green arc in the north, take a few minutes to face the opposite direction. Low above the southwestern horizon you’ll find the crescent moon parked near the planet…
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Drum Roll Please … Curiosity Takes First-ever Pix Of Asteroids From Mars!

Dang! NASA’s Curiosity rover beat me to it by just one day, spotting the asteroids Ceres and Vesta from the surface of Mars on Sunday April 20. Me? I caught them later that night from a comfortable location on Earth with a pair of 8×40 binoculars. The rover aimed its high-resolution mast camera skyward to…
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Curiosity Rover Revels In Ravishing Rocks At ‘the Kimberley’

NASA’s one-ton Curiosity rover has beamed back thousands of photos of amazing landscapes within Gale Crater since landing in August 2012. And that’s after driving only 3.8 miles, probably the distance to the nearest grocery store for many of us. Earlier this month, the rover entered the Kimberley, a rise within the crater dotted with…
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Curiosity Wheel Tracks Seen From Orbit / How Do You Drive A Rover Anyway?

Photos taken by the Curiosity rover’s cameras often leave the impression of a wide-open, easily navigable landscape. Sure there are plenty of rocks to avoid, but the way ahead toward Mt. Sharp looks clear, right? Maybe not so much once you get an orbital perspective. NASA recently released photos taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter…
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