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Comet Siding Spring coming for 1st rousing visit in a million years

VISITOR FROM ANOTHER WORLD An artist’s concept depicts the comet Siding Spring and Mars. On Monday the comet will pass close to Mars and enable people to study it using binoculars. AFP/NASA

The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

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 »

NASA spacecraft barreling toward a Mars landing

Engineers work on a model of the Mars rover Curiosity at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars the night of Aug. 5, 2012. AP/Damian Dovarganes

After an 8 1/2-month voyage through space, NASA’s souped-up Mars spacecraft zoomed toward the red planet for what the agency hopes will be an epic touchdown.

Posted: August 5th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Science and Research | Read More »

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