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Curiosity Watch-Column - Comet to give Mars an extremely-close flyby, force satellites to move

The latest news from Curiosity is that on Sept. 24 the Mars rover collected its first powdered-rock sample from Mount Sharp.

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover survives glitches, slippery sand to destination

Curiosity has reached the base of Mount Sharp. The Mars rover’s wheels are now on material that is part of the mountain, material different from the type Curiosity landed on two years ago.

Curiosity Watch-Sol by sol, rover makes way to Mars mountain

Curiosity still has the pedal to the metal on its journey to Mount Sharp, the layered mountain amid the crater where the Mars rover landed

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover discovers curiosities on way to buttes

Mars rover Curiosity is making steady progress toward Murray Buttes, at the base of Mount Sharp. The science lab on wheels will cross the basaltic sand dune field at Murray Buttes and begin the final approach to the layered, clay-rich rocks of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity Watch-Rover probes Mars sandstone to examine wet process that created it

The rock at Kimberley, a science stop for the Mars rover Curiosity enroute to Mount Sharp, is sandstone. Sandstone is usually formed in a two-step process.

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Curiosity Watch-Photos give scientists panoramic view on Mars

Curiosity is currently at Kimberly, a science stop on the way to Mount Sharp. In charting the route to Mount Sharp, mission planners saw this spot as the best science stop along the way.

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover reaches convergence of sandstone formations

The Mars rover Curiosity has been on its journey to Mount Sharp for several months, but for the past few weeks it has had the “pedal to the metal” to reach its next stop — a waypoint called Kimberley.

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover rolls in wheel-saving reverse toward objective

One of the main objectives of the Curiosity mission to Mars is to study the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. The exposed geology here could add supporting evidence to the discoveries made at Yellowknife Bay last March.

Curiosity Watch-Mars probe of rocks yields no trace of organics — yet

While at Yellowknife Bay, Curiosity collected a drilled rock sample that was later age-dated by using its science instruments in two different ways.

Curiosity Watch-Curiosity crunches geological data to date Mars

The surface of Mars has a rich geological record, and the Curiosity rover is reading that record by sampling the rocks and soils at different locations along its route to Mount Sharp.

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Curiosity Watch-Curiosity’s been busy on trek to Mars mountain

The past several weeks have been a busy time for the Mars rover Curiosity. Events included stops at two waypoints on the way to Mount Sharp, the longest one-day drive of its journey so far and the discovery of the apparent absence of methane in the Martian atmosphere.

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover communications suffer in shutdown

Curiosity, we may have a problem. Because Congress failed to pass a budget or an emergency spending bill, the federal government has been in shutdown mode since Oct. 1. This forced NASA to furlough 97 percent of its employees and cease most of its operations.

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Curiosity Watch-Curiosity to get help in studying atmosphere of Mars

Curiosity and other missions sent to Mars have discovered evidence that Mars was a wetter planet in the past, with a thick atmosphere.

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Curiosity Watch-Driving Mars rover a long, long-distance task (with video)

Curiosity has started its journey to Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high mountain rising from the center of Gale Crater.

Curiosity Watch-Mars rover to probe ancient clay sediments

At a location on Mars called Yellowknife Bay, NASA’s Curiosity rover last March found clay rocks with hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and sulfur.

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