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New Selfie From Mars Curiosity

A new selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is breathtaking, but it's especially meaningful for the mission's team: stitched together from 57 individual images taken by a camera on the end of Curiosity's robotic arm, the panorama also commemorates only the second time the rover has performed a special chemistry experiment.

The Challenge of Landing on Mars

Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars. The newest Mars rover is expected to touch down on Mars on Monday, August 6 at approximately 1:30 a.m. EDT for people on the east coast and 10:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, August 5th on the west coast.

By: Doug Mohney - -- NASA's withdrawal from a joint ExoMars 2016/2018 mission has left the planetary science community grieving the at loss of the first step in a sample return mission: collection of samples. However, there's a $2.5 billion rover with a mechanical arm and plenty of power scheduled to land on Mars in August. (1) Can the Mars Science Lab (MSL) Curiosity be fitted with a couple of "aftermarket" sample collection racks once it completes its primary mission of one Martian year? The author believes there is the potential to do so.

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