Curiosity spotted on Mars and more space exploration (photos)

Curiosity spotted on Mars and more space exploration (photos)

Summary: Here's an update on the journey of the newest Martian inhabitant, the rover Curiosity, including a photo of it from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Plus, more space shots.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • The Cassini spacecraft continues its journey around Saturn. It was launched in 1997 and reached the ringed planet for a scheduled 4-month mission but it's still alive and kicking today. Here are some of its best images over the past few months.

    In this amazing image are the moons of Saturn most likely to contain life.  Enceladus contains ice-water geysers indicate that there might be subsurface water which could contain organisms.  In the background is Titan, the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

  • Another icy moon, Tethys, peeps out from behind Titan.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

  • The shadow of Saturn's rings resembles a sad smiley face. The moon Thethys is above the rings while the northen section shows scars from a recent massive storm.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • Amazing

    I'm so grateful to having lived from watching redstone rockets explode on the launch pad to this.

    In other news: apparently the Mars rover, upon landing, killed the last living Martian cat.
    • Very Clever.

      "Curiosity killed the cat."
      William Farrel
  • It's one of Google's omnipresent mapping vans

    Here's another view, this time hitting a deer:

    Come. See. Conquer. Move on.