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Mars rover Curiosity

Curiosity Mars rover collects historic first bedrock sample

A self-portrait of Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity positioned on a patch of flat outcrop billed "John Klein". Photo: Reuters/Nasa

Using a drill at the end of its robotic arm, Curiosity bore a hole 6.4cm deep into the rock, generating powder for evaluation, Nasa said in a statement.

Sunday, 10 February, 2013, 11:27am

Finding the Higgs boson tops scientific achievements this year

Finding the Higgs boson, and the year's other triumphs

From landing the Curiosity rover on Mars after a 350-million-mile journey, to the discovery of the world's most wanted subatomic particle, the top 10 scientific achievements of 2012 have been nominated by the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, showing the march of human knowledge in genetics, physics, cosmology, medicine and nanoscience.

30 Dec 2012 - 3:54am

Curiosity discovers soil on Mars is like sand in Hawaii

Images released by Nasa show the Curiosity rover taking a scoop of dirt from the surface of Mars. The rover uses an X-ray imager to analyse the atomic structure of crystals discovered in the soil. Photo: AP

In the first inventory of minerals on another planet, Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity found soil that bears a striking resemblance to weathered, volcanic sand in Hawaii, scientists said.

The rover employs an X-ray imager to reveal the atomic structures of crystals in the Martian soil, the first time the technology has been used to analyse soil beyond earth.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Curiosity finds Mars rock similar to Hawaiian stone

A handout photo provided by NASA on 11 October 2012 and taken by the Curiosity rover's right Mast Camera (Mastcam-100) on 22 September 2012, shows a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic' with the red dots showing where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it with its laser. Photo: EPA

When scientists selected a rock to test the Mars rover Curiosity's laser, they expected it to contain the same minerals as rocks found elsewhere on the red planet, but learned instead it was more similar to a rock found on earth.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:49am

Nasa’s Mars rover finds rock with earth-like chemistry

The rock, named after rover engineer Jake Matijevic who died shortly after Curiosity’s landing. Photo: AFP

When scientists selected a rock to test the Mars rover Curiosity’s laser, they expected it to contain the same minerals as rocks found elsewhere on the Red Planet, but learned instead it was more similar to a rock found on earth.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:27pm

Talking points

A "peace march" led by Imran Khan

Imran Khan leads march against drone strikes

6 Oct 2012 - 3:32am