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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop   1 Aug 2014
As it approaches the second anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is also approaching its first close look at bedrock that is part of Mount Sharp, the layered mountain in the middle of Mars' Gale Crater. Read More
Rosetta
Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma   31 Jul 2014
A distinct coma surrounds Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen from Rosetta. Read More
Mars 2020 Rover's PIXL to Focus X-Rays on Tiny Targets
Mars 2020 Rover's PIXL to Focus X-Rays on Tiny Targets   31 Jul 2014
An X-ray instrument for NASA's next Mars rover combines a sharpshooting spectrometer and a camera, to identify and map chemical elements in targets at microscopic scale. Read More
SHERLOC to Micro-Map Mars Minerals and Carbon Rings
SHERLOC to Micro-Map Mars Minerals and Carbon Rings   31 Jul 2014
One of the seven instruments chosen for the payload of NASA's next Mars rover would detect key minerals and carbon chemicals and show where they are, at microscopic scale. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
03 Aug 2014 10th Anniversary, MESSENGER: Launch
05 Aug 2014 45th Anniversary, Mariner 7: Mars Flyby
07 Aug 2014 45th Anniversary, Zond 7: Launch
08 Aug 2014 1st Anniversary, Deep Impact (EPOXI): Communication with Spacecraft Lost
12 Aug 2014 Perseids Meteor Shower Peak
14 Aug 2014 45th Anniversary, Zond 7: Returned and Landed on Earth
18 Aug 2014 15th Anniversary, Cassini: Earth-Moon Flyby
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