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Curiosity Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life On Mars: An analysis of a rock sample collected by Curiosity shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. The data indicate the Yellowknife Bay area the rover is exploring was the end of an ancient river system or an intermittently wet lake bed that could have provided chemical energy and other favorable conditions for microbes. The rock is made up of a fine-grained mudstone containing clay minerals, sulfate minerals and other chemicals. This ancient wet environment, unlike some others on Mars, was not harshly oxidizing, acidic or extremely salty.
Curiosity Out Of Safe Mode: Curiosity has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode. The operations team has determined and corrected the root cause of the software issue causing Curiosity to reboot.
Curiosity Performs Warm Reset: Curiosity experienced an unexpected software reboot about four-and-half hours after new flight software had been temporarily loaded into the rover's memory. This is the first time that Curiosity has executed a fault-related warm reset during its 16-plus months of Mars surface operations.
Curiosity Approaches 'Cooperstown': Curiosity has completed its first two-day autonomous drive, bringing the mobile laboratory to a good vantage point for pictures useful in selecting the next target the rover will reach out and touch.
Curiosity Confirms Mars Origin Of Some Meteorites: Examination of the Martian atmosphere by the Curiosity Mars rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped to Earth really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of the inert gas argon in Mars' atmosphere by Curiosity's laboratory provides the most definitive evidence yet of the origin of Mars meteorites.
Curiosity Inspects Pebbly Rocks In Martian Sandstone: Curiosity has resumed a trek of many months toward its mountain-slope destination, Mount Sharp. The rover used instruments on its arm to inspect pebbly sandstone deposited by water flowing over the surface, and veins or fractures in the rock, at its first waypoint along the route inside Gale Crater.
Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane On Mars: Data from Curiosity has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections.
Long Drive Puts Curiosity Near Planned Waypoint: Curiosity now has a view of a patch of exposed bedrock scientists selected for a few days of close-up study, the first such study since the rover began its long trek to Mount Sharp two months ago.
Curiosity Views Eclipse of Sun by Phobos: Images taken with a telephoto-lens camera on Mars rover Curiosity catch the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of the sun - the sharpest images of a solar eclipse ever taken at Mars.
Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation: Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars. This latest addition to Curiosity's array of capabilities will help the rover cover the remaining ground en route to Mount Sharp, where geological layers hold information about environmental changes on ancient Mars.
Curiosity Captures Eclipse of Martian Moons: Curiosity has photographed an eclipse of Deimos by Phobos in a new series of sky-watching images taken from the surface of Mars.
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Powerful new twin NASA Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have successfully landed and deployed on different regions of the Red Planet. With far greater mobility than the 1997 Pathfinder rover, these robotic explorers may trek as much as 40 meters across the surface in a day. Each rover carries a sophisticated set of instruments search for evidence about whether past environments at selected sites were wet enough to be hospitable to life. Rocks and soils will be analyzed with a set of five geology instruments on each rover, and a special tool called the rock abrasion tool, or "RAT", will be used to expose fresh rock surfaces for study.
Corals Find A Way To Adapt: In the past few decades, corals around the world have become endangered because of rising water temperatures. However, a new study suggests that corals may be able to adapt to some of that warming.
World's Largest Deep Earthquake Recorded: The magnitude 8.3 earthquake occurred at a depth of 609 kilometers beneath the Sea of Okhotsk, between the Kamchatka Peninsula and Russian mainland. Scientists are still puzzling over how such a large event could occur so deep.
Missing Piece Of Long-Neck Dinosaur Finally Discovered: A small roadside quarry west of Denver, site of some of the infamous "Bone Wars" of the 19th century, has revealed a new treasure: the snout of the long-necked dinosaur Apatosaurus ajax. The specimen, nicknamed Kevin, is the first Apatosaurus ajax muzzle ever found.
Freakish Asteroid Discovered, Resembles Rotating Lawn Sprinkler: Astronomers have discovered a "weird and freakish object" resembling a rotating lawn sprinkler in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The find has left them scratching their heads and searching for an explanation for the strange asteroid's out-of-this-world appearance.
Evidence Of 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Bacterial Ecosystems Found In Australia: A new study has revealed the well-preserved remnants of a complex ecosystem in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old sedimentary rock sequence in Australia, extending the geological record of microbially induced sedimentary structures by almost 300 million years
Boy Scouts Toss 2 Leaders Who Knocked Over Goblin: A northern Utah Boy Scouts council has announced that former Boy Scout leaders Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall will no longer be allowed to lead scouting troops as a result of their vandalism of Goblin Valley State Park.
Boy Scout Leaders Destroy Ancient Formation In Utah's Goblin Valley: Boy Scout and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth leaders Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor are potentially facing felony charges for destroying a rock formation nearly 200 million years old. The trio of vandals was adventuring in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park when they decided to film themselves knocking over one of the formations, known as "Goblins."
High School Student Discovers Skeleton Of Baby Dinosaur: A chance find within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah by a high school student Kevin Terris led to the youngest, smallest and most complete fossil skeleton yet known from the iconic tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus.
Hominin Skull Discovery Fuels Debate About Early Human Evolution: Hailed as a find for the ages, a rare skull of a 1.8-million-year-old human relative could provide answers to longstanding questions about the lineage of our species. It also fuels debate over what differentiates one hominin species from another.
Extinct 'Mega Claw' Creature Had Spider-Like Brain: Researchers have discovered the earliest known complete nervous system exquisitely preserved in the fossilized remains of a never-before described creature that crawled or swam in the ocean 520 million years ago.
U.S. Shale-Oil Boom May Not Last as Fracking Wells Lack Staying Power: Shale wells start strong and fade fast, and producers are drilling at a breakneck pace to hold output steady. In the fields, this incessant need to drill is known as the Red Queen, after the character in Through the Looking-Glass who tells Alice, "It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."
First Ever Evidence Of A Comet Striking Earth: The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered.
Iron in Earth's Core Weakens Before Melting: The iron in the Earth's inner core weakens dramatically before it melts, explaining the unusual properties that exist in the moon-sized solid centre of our planet that have, up until now, been difficult to understand.
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