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CuriousMars - A Special SpaceRef Feature by Craig Covault


CuriousMars is a major new weekly feature with authoritative and insightful reporting and analysis on all aspects of current and future robotic operations on the Martian surface and in Martian orbit. CuriousMars will report on the adventure of exploration and science combined with the realities of policy, cost, politics and international cooperation.


This new feature is based on solid journalism by its editor Craig Covault. Covault has 43 years of award winning international space writing experience including 36 years at Aviation Week and Space Technology. He has written on space from 20 countries and covered 17 U. S. and Russian Mars missions, embedding for days with the Spirit and Opportunity science teams.

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CuriousMars: Box Shaped Martian Features and Deep Water Lake Deposits Offer New Rover Destinations

The discovery of box-like geologic structures on Mount Sharp centered in Curiosity's Gale crater landing site, is raising interest for rover exploration as potentially habitable for past life on Mars.

CuriousMars: Triple Sample Set for SAM, as NASA Cheers Revived Plutonium Production

CuriousMars: Triple Sample Set for SAM, as NASA Cheers Revived Plutonium Production

Restarting science operations after 3 weeks of computer problems, the Mars rover Curiosity will be using its robotic arm and the Goddard Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory to process a triple-dose of drilled subsurface rock in a more intense search for organic carbon before April 4, when Mars will move behind the Sun blocking communications until May 1.


CuriousMars: Rover to Press Organics Search, But Some Bugs Do Without

CuriousMars: Rover to Press Organics Search, But Some Bugs Do Without Video in Story

Scientific confirmation that the NASA Mars rover Curiosity has found a location habitable to Martian microbial life 3 billion years ago is an historic milestone in planetary exploration.


CuriousMars: Rover's SAM organic and CheMin Labs Outrun Computer Snafu For Extra Rock Analysis

CuriousMars: Rover's SAM organic and CheMin Labs Outrun Computer Snafu For Extra Rock Analysis

Scientists with the $2.5 billion Mars rover Curiosity will reveal potentially historic discoveries about Mars next week in Washington D. C.


CuriousMars: SAM and CheMin Ace Rock Analysis, Ready for More

CuriousMars: SAM and CheMin Ace Rock Analysis, Ready for More

The Mars rover Curiosity is this week in the midst of potentially historic discoveries as the full range of its capabilities are brought to bear for the first time on a gray powdered Martian subsurface rock sample.


CuriousMars: Rover Poised to Test For Organics Where Habitability Potential is High

CuriousMars: Rover Poised to Test For Organics Where Habitability Potential is High

The Mars rover Curiosity's team is beginning to amass enough diverse science data to actively consider whether the area around its first drilling site was potentially habitable.


CuriousMars: Scientists Disagree on Timing of Departure From Drilling Site

CuriousMars: Scientists Disagree on Timing of Departure From Drilling Site

The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover is beginning detailed analysis of the first subsurface rock sample acquired on another planet, keeping researchers on "pins and needles" about whether Curiosity has struck Martian paydirt 216 million miles (348 million km) from Earth.


CuriousMars: Drilling For Martian Secrets

CuriousMars: Drilling For Martian Secrets

Two powerful laboratories inside the Mars rover Curiosity are being readied to process the first powdered samples of subsurface Martian rock obtained by the rover's drill during the most complex series of Curiosity operations since its Sky Crane landing last August.


CuriousMars: California Dreamin' on a Martian Day

CuriousMars: California Dreamin' on a Martian Day

There are already plenty of stars around Malibu, California, but could the place be actually like the planet Mars? The NASA rover Curiosity is about to find out.


CuriousMars: Opportunity's First Project Manager Hails Longevity

CuriousMars: Opportunity's First Project Manager Hails Longevity

The NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is beginning its 10th year roving Mars, completing nine years of "shocking" performance and historic discoveries that began with a bouncing airbag roll into tiny Eagle crater on Jan. 24, 2004.


CuriousMars: Curiosity to Drill into 'Whole Different World'

CuriousMars: Curiosity to Drill into 'Whole Different World'

As the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) science team completes final assessments of the mission's first drilling target in the bedrock at Yellowknife Bay, Curiosity is roving through "a whole different world," uncovering evidence for rocks saturated with water and other diverse and unexpected aqueous clues that hint of an ancient and very wet environment at Gale Crater.


CuriousMars: Curiosity's Critical Rock Drilling Target Selected as Opportunity Achieves Major Science Goal

CuriousMars: Curiosity's Critical Rock Drilling Target Selected as Opportunity Achieves Major Science Goal

After weeks of searching, the Mars rover Curiosity's science and engineering teams have selected a fine-grained slab of Martian rock as the candidate target for the first rock drilling on Mars, a significant first in planetary exploration.


CuriousMars:  2013 to Debut U. S. and Indian Mars Atmospheric Orbiters while Challenging China In Asian Space Race

CuriousMars: 2013 to Debut U. S. and Indian Mars Atmospheric Orbiters while Challenging China In Asian Space Race

Mars will be thrust into international politics during 2013 as India builds toward the planned October launch of its first Mars mission, an orbiter to study the Martian atmosphere and challenge China in a surging Asian space race.


CuriousMars:  Curiosity Begins Rock Triage to Avoid Dangers of

CuriousMars: Curiosity Begins Rock Triage to Avoid Dangers of "Martian Honey"

The first use the rover Curiosity's drill to obtain subsurface samples from inside a rock on Mars will be delayed until mid to late January to reduce risk to the rover during its first drilling operations.


CuriousMars: Opportunity Hunts for Clay Minerals on Matijevic Hill

CuriousMars: Opportunity Hunts for Clay Minerals on Matijevic Hill

The Mars rover Curiosity has been commanding headlines with its every move from its historic, breathtaking landing last August to its first major discovery of an ancient stream bed formed by fast flowing water. In recent week's rumors, speculation, and wild conspiracy theories about what Curiosity has found have demonstrated, if nothing else, just how much the public is interested in Mars.


CuriousMars: Martian Science Detectives Aid Curiosity and Opportunity

CuriousMars: Martian Science Detectives Aid Curiosity and Opportunity

Mysteries on opposite sides of Mars are drawing the Curiosity and Opportunity rover science teams closer together in a search for habitable environments that could have supported Martian life early in the planet's history.


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