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Tumblr Post: Humans Get Curiosity Rover To Sing Happy Birthday

It's quick Tumblr posts like this that manage to remind us that humans can be ridiculously awesome sometimes. Just picturing all these brilliant minds gathered around celebrating the moment that they successfully got the Mars Curiosity Rover to sing "Happy Birthday!" to itself is enough to get the good feels rolling. 

A quick Tumblr post about humans getting Mars Curiosity Rover to sing happy birthday to itself. | Sandra Tayler @SandraTayler Sometimes forget humans are amazing think curiosity singing Happy Birthday on Mars, and this response:
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After a Long and Fruitful Life, the Mars Rover "Opportunity" Is Dead

Science writer Jacob Margolis chronicled the end for the proud little rover. The last thing they heard from the rover was "My battery is low and it's getting dark." That is some Hollywood level drama, man. Well, it did a great job anyway, and lasted for waaaaaaay longer than we expected. Good rover.

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Elon Musk And Mars Sweet Talk On Twitter After Woman Tweets About Hating Men

When this fed up woman took to Twitter to express how she feels about wanting to head to Mars to get away from men, Elon Musk ended up getting involved in some sweet, pillow talk with Mars about just how badly they want each other. It would seem her unrest gave way to something beautiful between a big 'ol red planet, and Mr. Elon Musk himself, and for that, we are grateful. What a time to be alive. 

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NASA InSight Gets Dragged For Astronomically Underwhelming First Pic From Mars

A few days ago the NASA InSight landed on Mars. This makes eight times NASA's successfully landed it's hyper-developed space machinery on the angry red planet. Naturally, the rest of the internet honed in on the notably grainy quality of the first pic sent back to earth from Mars. It was just too damn ripe for the taking. 

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10 Times Outraged Nincompoops Believed The Onion

Sure, looking at people believe satire will make you lose your faith in humanity a bit, but it is pretty funny.

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In case you were curious, here is what an alien sees before he/she/it goes to sleep.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured the above image on April 15, and it’s being described as the first sunset observed in color by the spacecraft.

The photos were taken last month, but they were just sent back to Earth last week.

While Mars may appear red, the sunset is actually blue, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains why this is possible:

Dust in the Martian atmosphere has fine particles that permit blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than longer-wavelength colors. That causes the blue colors in the mixed light coming from the sun to stay closer to sun’s part of the sky, compared to the wider scattering of yellow and red colors. The effect is most pronounced near sunset, when light from the sun passes through a longer path in the atmosphere than it does at mid-day.

Curiosity first landed on Mars’s Gale Crater in August 2012 with a mission of determining whether or not Mars is or ever was habitable by life forms.

Here’s an animated GIF of the sunset, which uses a series of photos takes over a period of about 6 minutes, 51 seconds. The sight apprently inspired the rover to recite some lines from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” on its Twitter account.



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Ancient Mars featured flowing rivers and sizable lakes — but that doesn't mean the Red Planet definitely could have supported life, one prominent researcher stresses.

The presence of liquid water is just one of many factors that researchers need to take into account when investigating the past or present habitability of Mars or any other cosmic body, astrobiologist and mineralogist Pamela Conrad wrote in a "Perspectives" piece published online on Dec. 11 in the journal Science.

"The things that make a place livable are numerous, and sometimes, there's a showstopper you didn't think of," Conrad, deputy principal investigator for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity rover, told SPACE.com. "So it's important to take a poll of the diversity of attributes that could contribute to making an environment livable or not."