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Building a smarter rover

The next mission to Mars could carry a smarter rover that is able to make better decisions absent instructions from Earth. Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by rovers and ...

dateJun 04, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Clues to the Earth's ancient core

Old rocks hold on to their secrets. Now, a geophysicist at Michigan Technological University has unlocked clues trapped in the magnetic signatures of mineral grains in those rocks.. These clues will help clear up the murky ...

dateJun 04, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Will we ever colonize Mars?

Mars. It's a pretty unforgiving place. On this dry, dessicated world, the average surface temperature is -55 °C (-67 °F). And at the poles, temperatures can reach as low as -153 °C (243 °F). Much of that has to do with ...

dateJun 01, 2015 in Space Exploration
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