October 25th, 2014
Waxing Crescent Moon
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Robert Bigelow

Target Practice on Mars

One of the most anticipated steps in the instrument checkout on NASA’s Curiosity rover is the first use of Curiosity’s laser on a Martian rock, and this past weekend, Curiosity set its target on a 3-inch rock about 9 feet away from the rover.

Seth Jarvis

Rare Coin Found on Mars!

It’s true.  At this moment there is a rare coin on Mars.  Specifically, the coin is a 1909 ”V.D.B.” Lincoln-head American penny. The question is, why is this penny on Mars?

Seth Jarvis

Mars! Curiosity is there!

It’s official! Curiosity is now safely on Mars! Wah-hoo!

Seth Jarvis

Closing in on Mars

As I write this (12 noon on Sunday, August 5th) the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft is just 90,000 miles from Mars and falling towards the Red Planet at over 8,000 MPH. MSL is in the final few hours of…

Seth Jarvis

Getting to Mars is HARD

This coming Sunday, August 5th, at 11:31 PM (MDT), after an eight and one-half month flight through interplanetary space, a nuclear powered six wheel drive robotic rover called “Curiosity” is scheduled to touch-down on the planet Mars.