Mars

12:52pm

Sat August 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Weekend Stories: Skydivers Break Record; Star Trek Goes To Mars

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 3:22 pm

Happy Saturday! Here are a few offbeat stories to consider:

After Several Attempts, 138 Vertical Skydivers Break Record With Gigantic Formation. (AP)

Mitt Romney Receives Surprising Endorsement From Adult Movie Star. (New York Daily News)

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6:43am

Sat August 4, 2012
The Salt

Red Planet, Green Thumb: How A NASA Scientist Engineers His Garden

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:10 am

Limoncello in the making.
Rachael Porter NPR

Most mornings, space engineer Adam Steltzner wakes up at about 3 a.m., and before he can coax his tired body back to sleep, his mind takes over. And he starts to worry.

Eventually Steltzner gives up on sleep and heads into his garden where, just as first light reveals the sky, all that thinking can turn into doing. And finally, a little peace.

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5:32am

Sat August 4, 2012
Space

Anxiety Hovers Over Rover's Mars Landing

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:43 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

These are tense times for scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Late Sunday night Pacific Time, they'll learn if nearly a decade of hard work will result in a priceless scientific laboratory landing safely on Mars or if the rover known as Curiosity will turn into a useless pile of junk. Everything depends on what happens during the seven minutes of terror, the time it takes the probe to go from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the planet's surface.

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3:14am

Fri August 3, 2012
Space

NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, maybe this is going to sound crazy, but the 1990 version of "Total Recall" took Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mars.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TOTAL RECALL")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (as Character) Welcome to the Mars Federal Colony.

INSKEEP: This weekend, by the way, NASA's rover Curiosity is heading to Mars for real. It launched at the end of last year and is set to land on Mars just after 1 a.m. Eastern time on Monday.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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6:34am

Thu August 2, 2012
Space

Watch NASA's Curiosity Land On Mars in Times Square; Or Boulder, Or Denver. Your Choice.

Artist's rendering of Curiosity approaching Mars.
NASA JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Rover will be touching down on the Red Planet Sunday, August 5th at 11:15 p.m. MDT. If you happen to be in Times Square you can catch mission coverage on the big screens. Closer to Colorado, maybe it's time for a pajama party.

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