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In the eye of the beholder

Astrobiologists are developing 'intelligent' instruments that could help future robotic explorers make their own decisions about where and how to collect data. Although focused on Mars exploration for the ...

Jan 24, 2014
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Happy 10th anniversary Opportunity

Ten years ago, on Jan. 24, 2004, the Opportunity rover landed on a flat plain in the southern highlands of the planet Mars and rolled into an impact crater scientists didn't even know existed. The mission ...

Jan 23, 2014
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New views of Mars from sediment mineralogy

The first detailed examination of clay mineralogy in its original setting on Mars is offering new insights on the planet's past habitability, research led by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Da ...

Dec 10, 2013
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A better motor for the Mars Rover

In the world of robotics, identifying actuators that are strong and compact is probably one of the most important open technological problems yet to be resolved. More often than not, the mechanical elements ...

Nov 21, 2013
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What happened to Mars? A planetary mystery

Billions of years ago when the planets of our solar system were still young, Mars was a very different world. Liquid water flowed in long rivers that emptied into lakes and shallow seas. A thick atmosphere ...

Nov 13, 2013
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