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The Future of Interstellar Communication Goes "Pew, Pew, Pew"

It's no subspace transceiver but this prototype communicator bound for the ISS could revolutionise how we share data over the vast expanses of solar space. It will deliver Gigabit speeds through deep space. Read More >>

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What a Rover Looks Like After a Decade on Mars

Curiosity is the trendy name in the realms of Mars roving, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Read More >>

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Watch NASA’s Amazing Monkey Robot Walk, Climb and Clear Obstacles

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory drew some raised eyebrows when it first announced its latest hi-tech robot, based on primates, called Robosimian. But now it's being put into action—and it's amazing. Read More >>

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Oculus Rift and NASA's Simple VR Rig Can Let You Explore Mars from Home

Elon Musk wants to live on Mars, but he probably won't have the pleasure. And you aren't likely to either. But here's the next best thing, thanks to the help of the Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni. Walk the red planet, without giving up the rest of your life to do it. Read More >>

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Curiosity's First Year on Mars In a Whirlwind Two Minute Timelapse

It's hard to believe it but Curiosity has been out there roving the Red Planet for almost a year already. And like any good space vehicle, it has been meticulously documenting its every step(?). That's a lot of documentation. Here's the quick version: 12 months in two minutes. Ready? Go. Read More >>

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Nasa's Robot Monkey Ready for Moon-Tree Climbing by December

Nasa's RoboSimian product ought to be ready to go by the end of the year, with the robotic walker/climber scheduled to compete in this December's Robotics Challenge -- a sort of Krypton Factor for robots. Read More >>

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This Is NASA's Solar Propulsion Engine of the Future

This Tron-esque glowing blue ring isn't the latest designer lamp. In fact, it's NASA's cutting-edge solar-electric propulsion thruster, being tested in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Read More >>

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NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab Can Fill 9 Olympic Swimming Pools

One does not simply build an International Space Station. It takes years of planning and, for the astronauts charged with its assembly, months of training and Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) practice in a simulated micro-gravity environment—that also happens to be the world's largest indoor body of water. Read More >>

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The Best Video of Mars Landing, Period

I've seen interpolated videos of the historic Mars Curiosity landing before, but this one is much more amazing than all those. It was painstakingly done in four weeks. "A labor of love", as Bard Canning says. It's truly feels like being aboard the ship. Read More >>

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You Can Listen to the Same Songs Mars Curiosity Wakes Up To

Every morning, when Mars Curiosity opens her amazing eyes, she plays a motivating, inspiring song to start the new sol, or martian day. Each track is delightful, and even though you're on Earth they're wonderful ways to kickstart yourself out of bed. Here's the full list from the JPL, and a Spotify playlist so you can rock out with the rover: Read More >>

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Check Out This Ginormous Clickable Panorama Curiosity Snapped on Mars

Every piece of news related to the Mars rover has been utterly fantastic. If you can't get enough of it, you can now explore the red planet to your heart's content with a interactive, zoomable panorama Curiosity has snapped at the landing site. Read More >>

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Watch Mars Curiosity Wiggle its Wheels in the Gravel

This futuristic black and white image was taken yesterday by one of the navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab are wiggling front left wheel in the Mars gravel as vehicle gets ready to start out on its first test drive soon. Read More >>

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Seven Years In the Life of One of the Engineers of the Mars Curiosity Rover

With all the excitement of the seven minutes of terror and glory, it's easy to forget that there were seven years of suffering and hard work to make it all happen. Seven years of the life of people like Adam Steltzner or our friend Mark Rober, the iPad costume guy. Read More >>

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The NASA Employees That Make Curiosity's Twitter Stream So Good

If you don't follow the Curiosity rover on Twitter, you should: the feed is simultaneously fascinating and funny. Forbes has taken a peek behind the avatar, though, to find out why the feed is so good. Read More >>

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Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time

More great news just keeps coming from the red planet: Curiosity has opened her eyes for the first time! She took a good look around her and decided that life is good on Mars—albeit a bit lonely. Read More >>

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Seven Reasons Curiosity Is the Baddest Rover Ever

While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back on earth. In a simulation area called the Mars Yard, scientists put the duplicate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through a series of experiments to perfect the rover's software and reevaluate its capabilities. The tests answered critical questions, such as: Can it go over that big rock? Read More >>

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