On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover. Join us live, online tomorrow, February 20, 2013, at 4:00p.m. PST to learn about Curiosity’s latest findings.

Eagerly anticipating the Curiosity Mars Rover’s first drilling maneuvers. This will also be the first time any robot has drilled into rock to COLLECT SAMPLES FROM MARS! (via NASA - Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling)

Eagerly anticipating the Curiosity Mars Rover’s first drilling maneuvers. This will also be the first time any robot has drilled into rock to COLLECT SAMPLES FROM MARS! (via NASA - Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling)

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So beautiful.

And a good excuse to listen to Grizzly Bear perform “Deep Blue Sea.”

First NASA analysis of soil samples from Mars Curiosity mission released this week! Hear from our Senior Scientist, Dr. Paul Doherty, who reports from the American Geological Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco to learn what they’ve found.

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Thomas Dolby visited us for a day at the Exploratorium recently, and blinded us with science!

Great #datavis of all of Earth’s missions to Mars!

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Earth Missions to Mars infographic

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Panorama of Curiosity’s Belly Check-from Sol 34 on Mars

photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Panorama of Curiosity’s Belly Check-from Sol 34 on Mars


photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Mast Cam images from Curiosity of Mars-these are from the raw image collection, day 17.

photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Sol 21 on Mars, new images from Curiosity. beautiful landscape shot!
in this image from the Mast Cam, of the base of Mt. Sharp, you can see the landscape of Mars, and the inset picture-in-picture shows a black dot, which is a rock that is similar in size to the Curiosity rover.
photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Sol 21 on Mars, new images from Curiosity. beautiful landscape shot!

in this image from the Mast Cam, of the base of Mt. Sharp, you can see the landscape of Mars, and the inset picture-in-picture shows a black dot, which is a rock that is similar in size to the Curiosity rover.

photo credit: NASA/JPL

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today, the ChemCam on Curioisity fires it’s laser for the first time at a rock!

from JPL:

“Today, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity fired its laser for the first time on Mars, using the beam from a science instrument to interrogate a fist-size rock called “Coronation.”

The mission’s Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit the fist-sized rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.

The energy from the laser excites atoms in the rock into an ionized, glowing plasma. ChemCam catches the light from that spark with a telescope and analyzes it with three spectrometers for information about what elements are in the target.”

photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Curiosity stretched it’s arm yesterday!  here’s a couple of pix of the arm.

photo credit: NASA/JPL

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today, our live Mars webcast is called “Follow the Water”.   join Exploratorium scientists as we talk about water on Mars!
we go live at 1pm PDT, view here:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/mars
photo credit: NASA/JPL

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today, our live Mars webcast is called “Follow the Water”.   join Exploratorium scientists as we talk about water on Mars!

we go live at 1pm PDT, view here:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/mars

photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Curiosity Drives on Mars for the First Time

Curiosity takes a look at its tracks!

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Curiosity wiggles it’s toes for the first time on Mars

And what cute wiggle it is!

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Curiosity wiggles it’s toes for the first time on Mars

And what cute wiggle it is!

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Curiosity Nav Cam photo from today, Sol 12!  This is from the raw image collection.
photo credit: NASA/JPL

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Curiosity Nav Cam photo from today, Sol 12!  This is from the raw image collection.

photo credit: NASA/JPL