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NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

March 24, 2014 | 10:05 am

NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

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Insects go into orbit as part of effort to understand challenges of a human mission to Mars. Read more. …

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Mars Rover Finds Possible ‘Ingredients for Life,’ But It’s No Big Deal. Really.

December 3, 2012 | 4:43 pm

Mars Rover Finds Possible ‘Ingredients for Life,’ But It’s No Big Deal. Really.

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You can come out of your bomb shelter, put away your confetti, and in all respects calm down. The Curiosity Mars rover has not found life on Mars. It’s true that Curiosity did scoop up some dirt containing sulfur, perchlorate, and water, NASA announced on Monday. And it’s true that such chemicals are “ingredients for […]

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NASA Says Ancient Stream Once Flowed on Mars

September 27, 2012 | 1:49 pm

NASA Says Ancient Stream Once Flowed on Mars

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say NASA’s newest Mars rover has found signs that a stream once flowed across the surface near the site where it landed. Curiosity touched down in a crater near the Martian equator last month. The red planet today is dusty and dry but scientists think it was once warmer and […]

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August 6, 2012 | 2:10 pm

Postcards from Mars: NASA Displays Images From the Curiosity Rover

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NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed successfully on Mars Sunday night, has started beaming back its first photos. The Ames center in Mountain View designed  the robot’s chemical and mineralogy (CheMin) instrument and made other key contributions. NASA engineers, who were nervous about the difficult landing, celebrate in this Associated Press video.

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August 6, 2012 | 8:30 am

NASA Rover Curiosity Lands on Mars

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by Alicia Chang PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

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NASA Robot Approaches Mars

August 2, 2012 | 3:37 pm

NASA Robot Approaches Mars

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If all goes well, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, NASA’s Curiosity Lander will touch down on the surface of Mars, ending a 352-million-mile journey that began last November. That’s a big “if.” NASA engineers have half-jokingly referred to the landing as the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” referring to the time it’ll take Curiosity […]

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July 17, 2012 | 8:42 am

A.M. Splash: Cal State Mulls More Tuition Hikes; Berkeley Aims to Boost Tourism; Bald Eagles Returning; Los Altos Man’s Device Goes to Mars

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CSU looks to limit enrollment or increase cost to bridge potential budget gaps (SF Examiner) Attending one of the university systems’ 23 campuses could be more expensive, tougher to get in to or tuition could even be reduced, depending on what voters decide for the pending tax measure… A discussion about two options for what […]

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