NASA Mars rover ready to eat, analyze rock powder

The first sample of powdered rock from Mars extracted by the NASA's Curiosity rover drill is pictured in this NASA handout photoCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to learn if the planet ever had ingredients for life, drilled its first bit of powder from inside a potentially water-formed ancient rock, scientists said on Wednesday. The robotic geology station, which landed inside a giant impact basin on August 6 for a two-year mission, transferred about a tablespoon of rock powder from its drill into a scoop, pictures relayed by the rover Wednesday showed. …


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Mini planet found far beyond Earth’s solar system

NASA's artist's illustration compares the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar systemCAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – – Astronomers have found a mini planet beyond our solar system that is the smallest of more than 800 extra-solar planets discovered, scientists said on Wednesday. The planet, known as Kepler-37b, is one of three circling a yellow star similar to the sun that is located in the constellation Lyra, about 210 light years away. One light year is about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion km). "We see very large planets and they're uncommon. …


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