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Pictures from Our Robot on Mars

Check out the earliest pictures of Mars from the Curiosity rover. Well done, humanity.

Curiosity, NASA's $2.5 billion Mars rover, landed on the Red Planet at about 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time last night after an 8-month, 352 million-mile journey and successful landing at the Gale Crater. Within minutes, it started beaming images back to Earth via orbiting satellites. Here are a few of the earliest shots. Curiosity's (excellent) Twitter feed informs us that we'll be getting higher resolution, color images later this week. For now, just marvel at the fact that you're looking at pictures taken by a robot we put on a planet more than 141 million miles from our sun. This is truly one of the most interesting things humanity's up to right now.

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Intermission: This Is How the Mars Rover Will Land (in Theory)

Here's an animation explaining how the Curiosity rover will land on Mars without burning up or crashing.

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Richard Dawkins to Indoctrinate Kids with Science-Pushing Picture Book

The famous atheist's new book for kids is sure to spark student curiosity about our universe—and probably some controversy.

Scientist and noted atheist Richard Dawkins has teamed up with talented Coraline illustrator Dave McKean to create a book for children called The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.

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