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    One of the single biggest events of the year was the successful—if hair-raising—touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, on the surface of the red planet. The most advanced piece of hardware ever to set foot wheel on another world, Curiosity is equipped with an array of cameras, geological tools, and even a high-powered laser to zap rocks and determine their composition.

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    WooHoo! We have water! "NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Water in First Sample of Planet Surface." Photo credit: (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems).

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    RECENT DATA FROM THE ROVER SHOWS THE RED PLANET MAY NOT BE HABITABLE. A self portrait mosaic of the Mars Curiosity Rover inside the Gale Crater.NPR

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    The Curiosity rover self portrait. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

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"A long strip image from the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Curiosity rover's landing spot in Gale Crater, as well as the terrain leading south toward the mountain known as Aeolis Mons or Mount Sharp. The colors have been stretched to emphasize differences in surface composition. A dune field can be seen in deep shades of blue. Beyond the dunes, mesas and buttes are part of the terrain surrounding the 3-mile-high mountain."

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