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After 2 Years on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims for Huge Mountain By Mike Wall, Senior Writer   |   August 04, 2014

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Mars rover snaps spooky portraits

Mars Curiosity Rover photographs itself. How clear is that, from 35 million miles away. The technology is mind-boggling.

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This was released just moments ago (27 Aug, 2012). It's the base of Mt. Sharp on Mars. If you're viewing this today, you are among the first human beings to see this place. Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=4565

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Phobos, the largest of Mars' two moons, orbits so close to the planet - about 5,800 kilometers above the surface compared to 400,000 kilometers for our Moon - that gravitational tidal forces are dragging it down towards the Martian surface. In 100 million years or so, Phobos will likely be shattered by stress caused by the relentless tidal forces, with the debris forming a ring around Mars

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