• New Stunning Photos From the Surface of Mars

    It’s been over 10 years since the Spirt & Opportunity Rovers have touched down on Mars and in that span have exceeded exploration expectations of traveling 2/3 of a mile during a primary mission of 90 Martian days. Spirit traveled 4.8 miles over more than six years and Opportunity has traveled more than 23.6 miles over an ongoing mission that has reached 10 years. The Smithsonian has taken 50 of the best photos from the extensive mission catalogue and will be on display in honor of the 10 Year Anniversary. Read more about the mission photos here.

  • 10 Corporations Own Almost Everything You Buy (Infographic)

    According to this chart via Reddit, called “The Illusion of Choice,” these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. You’ve heard of the biggest names, but it’s amazing to see what these giants own or influence. Some of these large brands don’t neccesarily own the sub brands, but own a percentage, partner or simply distribute their product. Chris Miles of PolicyMic notes, “$200 billion-corporation Nestle — famous for chocolate, but which is the biggest food company in the world — owns nearly 8,000 different brands worldwide, and takes stake in or is partnered with a swath of others. Included in this network is shampoo company L’Oreal, baby food giant Gerber, clothing brand Diesel, and pet food makers Purina and Friskies.”

  • Get Your Ass To Mars In This Flyover Video Of The Red Planet

    Instead of waiting another 70 years for Rekall to start offering Mars vacations, why not just watch this video? Using information gathered over the last decade from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express, this model of a Mars flyover is probably the closest we’re going to get for a while. It looks like it would be neat to visit, but it’s not the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it’s cold as hell.

  • Photo of the Day: The Moon, Saturn, Mars, and Regulus Over A Santa Barbara, CA Wildfire

    On July 5th 2008, wandering planets, bright stars, and a young crescent Moon graced western skies after sunset. Arrayed along the solar system’s ecliptic plane, the three celestial beacons forming this skyscape’s eye-catching line-up with the Moon are Saturn (upper left), then Mars, and finally Regulus, alpha star of the constellation Leo. Of course planet Earth itself lies in the foreground, a scene dominated by the city lights of Santa Barbara, California. The smoky haze hanging over the city is from threatening wild fires still burning along the hill at the right. On Thursday evening, Saturn and Mars can be seen in a much closer pairing or conjunction, separated by only about 3/4 degree on the sky.

  • 50 Amazing Images Of Mars Shot By Curiosity

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Today, at 2 p.m. EST, NASA will announce results from the Mars Curiosity rover at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. This announcement has been hyped up ever since chief Curiosity scientist John Grotzinger was quoted by NPR as saying the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, also known as SAM, had made a discovery for “the history books.”  Mr. Grotzinger may have gotten a bit ahead of himself because NASA quickly back-pedaled, explaining that the findings had been overblown. Regardless of they found life on Mars or not we can all agree that the photos shot by Curiosity have been nothing short of amazing.

  • Curiosity’s Descent To Mars In Crystal Clear HD Video

    For the first time we can see a full-resolution version of the NASA Curiosity rover descent to Mars. The metallic object in the beginning of the video is the heat shield being released. Fromt here the rover itself makes the trip down to the surface. If you ant to see some pictures from the surface check out our Facebook gallery “Hows The Weather On Mars Today?” as we update it regularly.

  • NASA Publishes Ridiculously HQ Panorama of Mars [12 Photos]

    This is Mars unlike we’ve ever seen it before and there are surely more mind-blowing photos to come. From the smallest rocks to the mountains in the distance you can see the smallest details at the foot of Curiosity and miles away on the horizon. We took individual screen grabs of the overall photo but you can see the panorama in it’s entirety by clicking the link below. View the full HQ photo on NASA.gov here >>

  • How to See Mars Close-Up This Weekend

    The distance between Earth and Mars is shrinking to its smallest in more than two years. On March 3 Mars will be in opposition to the sun, providing excellent opportunities for viewing the Red Planet. The celestial event known as Mars opposition occurs whenever Earth passes between the sun and the Red Planet, approximately once every two years and two months. This makes Mars visible opposite the sun in the Earth’s sky, which is a great time to view the Red planet because the sun’s rays illuminate the full face of Mars. Because the two planets’ orbits regularly bring them close together, it also provides a good time to launch Mars missions such as the recent Mars Science Laboratory. Mars and Earth will actually be at their closest on March 5, so you have a decent chance to catch the Red Planet anytime in the next few weeks. How to Watch • To spot Mars with your naked eye, look for a bright orange-red dot in the eastern sky shortly after the sun sets. The planet, which can be distinguished from stars because it doesn’t twinkle, will rise to its highest position in the southern sky around midnight. • Those with a more »


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