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Curiosity sleeps as solar blast races toward Mars

This image provided by NASA shows an image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of a blast of plasma streaming from the sun in August 2012. Scientists say a solar eruption was detected on March 5, 2013 and was headed toward Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover will postpone some activities but other Mars missions will operate normally. AP/NASA

Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars. While the hardy rover was designed to withstand punishing space weather, its handlers decided to power it down as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Science and Research | Read More »

NASA rover preps for 1st test of drilled Mars rock

This undated image provided by NASA shows powdered rock in the scoop of the Mars rover Curiosity. The six-wheel rover collected the sample after drilling into a Martian rock. The next step is to transfer a portion to its onboard laboratories for analysis. Curiosity landed in August 2012 to study whether the environment was hospitable for microbes. AP/NASA

Fresh off drilling into a rock for the first time, the Mars rover Curiosity is prepping for the next step: dissecting the pulverized rock to determine what it’s made of.

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Science and Research | Read More »

Unmanned Air Force space plane lands in California

This undated file image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows the X-37B spacecraft. The unmanned Air Force space plane steered itself to a landing early Saturday, June 16, 2012, at a California military base, capping a 15-month clandestine mission.  AP /U.S. AIR FORCE, FILE

An unmanned Air Force space plane steered itself to a landing early Saturday at a California military base, capping a 15-month clandestine mission.

Posted: June 17th, 2012 in Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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