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11.18.13 Andy Cush

This afternoon could see the launch of NASA’s latest Mars mission: MAVEN, an unmanned spacecraft dedicated to studying the planet’s atmosphere. It’s set to takeoff from Space Launch Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral aboard a Atlas V rocket at 1:28PM, assuming conditions are clear. “We expect to learn how the modern Mars works, really in detail,” […]

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11.14.13 Kyle Petreycik

Yesterday, NASA uploaded one of their most complex animations ever. In the two-minute clip we see some of the highest resolution images ever “collected” from the Red Planet, taken directly from NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab. This short, but informative fly-by presents us with an alternative view of what Mars may have looked like billions and billions of […]

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10.07.13 Andy Cush

Last week we brought you the sad news that despite the millions and millions of miles between it and the Capitol Building, the Mars Curiosity rover couldn’t be saved from the federal shutdown, and is currently operating on standby. Fortunately, there’s hope for our Mars efforts yet: the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe (MAVEN), which […]

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10.01.13 Andy Cush

You may be aware that NASA is one of the federal agencies being affected by the government shutdown; 18,000 workers, 97% of NASA’s employees, will not be reporting to work until Congress works out a solution. But perhaps the most notable furlough isn’t even a human: the Curiosity rover, all the way up on Mars, […]

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08.05.13 Bucky Turco

Today marks the one year anniversary of NASA’s Curiosity rover landing on Mars. According to the space agency, the IRL Wall-e has been very busy sending data: Curiosity has provided more than 190 gigabits of data; returned more than 36,700 full images; fired more than 75,000 laser shots to investigate the composition of targets; collected […]

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06.20.13 Andy Cush

Whoaaaaaa. Yes, this interactive photo of the surface of Mars, taken by the Curiosity rover, is 1.3 billion pixels large. Go, look at it, zoom and scroll around. Look at all the locations NASA bookmarked for you–“Laser shots,” “Wheel tracks,” “Bird-shaped rock!” That’s an image of Yellowknife Bay above. Fuck, this is awesome. Atlantic Cities […]

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04.26.13 Andy Cush

Upon seeing NASA’s glorious Mars penis for the first time, I attempted to get to the bottom of the mysterious member. Was the “drawing” an intentional joke, or a happy accident? Which Mars rover left the tracks? Would the space agency care to comment? After two emails to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab were shot back […]

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04.25.13 Andy Cush

Earth’s proud tradition of drawing dicks on things has finally gone interstellar. Some intrepid Redditors spotted the above image  on a NASA robotics site, and when the site went down–presumably due to increased traffic–NASA made the planetary penis more accessible, putting it on its own page. It appears that the cosmic cock is the work […]

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08.24.12 David Lumb

Our intrepid exploring rover gingerly began testing out its systems and cogs and wheels on Wednesday (Sol 16), driving up 15 feet and back 8. But any day now, it will begin its voyage to Mt. Sharp creeping toward Mt. Sharpe five miles away–its first destination is 1/5 of the way to Sharpe at 1,300 […]

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08.23.12 David Lumb

Yes, the video is running at 3x speed and is a cleaned-up version of this video with thumbnails spliced in where Curiosity left gaps, but that skycrane-empowered roller coaster ending is awesome. In other space news–Spacebook. Exactly as it says on the tin, Spacebook is a professional network (read: invite only) for folks in the […]

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