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'Thigh bone' on Mars? NASA explains an unusual find

Space-alien theorists have gotten a thrill from a bone-like object found on Mars, but NASA has a more plausible explanation.

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NASA's Mars 2020 rover will make oxygen, peek underground

NASA announces the payload for its next Mars rover and it's set to be even more sophisticated than the highly successful Curiosity mission.

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Mars rover Opportunity breaks record for miles roamed

The extraterrestrial robot rolls 25 miles across the Red Planet, breaking a more than 40-year-old record for off-Earth mileage.

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SpaceX's Elon Musk hopes to put humans on Mars in 10 years

The founder of the private space transport company gives a short timeline for the possibility of firing up a self-sustaining city on the Red Planet.

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Mars orbiter snaps Curiosity and tracks from far above

Get a rare perspective on the Curiosity rover's travels across a distant planet with a fascinating image snapped by NASA's Mars orbiter.

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Curiosity saw both Earth and the moon at this point.

Mysterious light in Mars image sparks curiosity

UFO enthusiasts are excited about a strange blip of light in a photo from Mars, but the real explanation is likely much less exotic than alien life.

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After a prolonged respite, the Mars Curiosity rover is hitting the road -- or what passes for a road up there -- headed for a region of the Red Planet known as Mount Sharp, 5 miles away from its current location. Scientists hope the area will shed further light on the evolution of Mars. Scientists say that satellite images of the region suggest the presence of sediment deposits left there by ancient water.

Mars rover: On the road again (pictures)

Miles to go before it rests, the Curiosity rover finally heads for its primary mission target.

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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars Exploration Rover-2 (MER-2), better known as Opportunity, undergoes testing prior to its launch 10 years ago on July 7, 2003.
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Opportunity finally landed on the Meridiani Planum, an open plain just off the equator of Mars, on January 25, 2004, three weeks after its twin rover, Spirit. 
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With an original mission to explore the red planet for a duration of 90 Martian days, called sols, the robotic explorer has far exceeded its original mission objectives.

Mars rover Opportunity hits 10-year mark (pictures)

Launched on July 7, 2003, with a modest goal to carry out 90 Martian days of exploration, NASA's little robotic wanderer far exceeded its original mission objectives.

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Data collected during the Mars Curiosity rover's cruise to the red planet show the radiation environment in deep space, away from the protection of Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field, is more than three times higher than a crew aboard the International Space Station experiences during the same period.

Mars rover confirms dangers of space radiation

Future manned missions to Mars will need internal shielding and advanced propulsion systems to shorten transit times, minimizing exposure to space radiation, scientists say.

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Ep. 1273: Where overall we think it's necessary

Sharon Vaknin gives us a double report of last night's Webby Awards and the new Xbox One gaming console. Then she sticks around to talk GIFs, her favorite UrbanDictionary entires, and a few of her upcoming how-to reports for CNET.

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Mars rover Opportunity.

Mars rover Opportunity hits new record for miles driven in space

Breaking the record of miles trekked by a NASA vehicle in another world, the Mars rover traverses 22.2 miles across the Red Planet.

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Ep. 1258: Where we get a gif from Peter Ha

404 regular and Gizmodo Editor Peter Ha returns to the show with toys on his mind. We'll talk about Transformers and our other favorite action figures from the 90s, NY subways getting Wi-fi and cell service, a giant head in the Hudson, and the Mars Rover's subliminal messaging.

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