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Rare moon eclipse expected Sunday

A lunar eclipse will be visible over the Walla Walla Valley on Sunday night — but not a normal one. It will be a supermoon lunar eclipse.

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Curiosity Watch - Rover’s ‘selfie’ out of this world

From time to time the rover Curiosity uses its Mars Hand Lens Imager to take a self-portrait. These “selfies” are often taken at rock drill sites.

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Walla Walla goes beyond global — way beyond — as place name

There is another Walla Walla valley — not here on Earth, but on the planet Mars.

Column: Mars rover Curiosity back to work after break

Curiosity had a break from its normal workload for most of June because Mars was in solar conjunction. This means that Mars was almost exactly behind the sun as seen from Earth.

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Mars rover studies curious mineral deposits

Curiosity is still working on discovering the story of Mars’ past. Hints to this story are hidden in the rocks of Mount Sharp, the Martian mountain that the rover is slowly climbing layer by layer.

Short circuit halts drilling on Mars rover

JPL, we have a problem.

Mars rover on a ‘walkabout’

Curiosity, the Mars traveler, has become Curiosity, the field geologist.

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Life-hinting methane sources on Mars puzzle scientists

News that the rover Curiosity has found methane on the surface of Mars is exciting because, on Earth, 95 percent of the methane in our atmosphere is created by microbial organisms.

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Rover sends clues to formation of huge mountain in Mars crater

One of the questions that puzzled mission scientists before Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Mars was how there could be a 3.4-mile-high mountain in the middle of an impact crater.

Rocks leave scientist curious about a wet or dry Mars past

Data collected by the Curiosity rover are challenging our understanding of Martian geology, as members of the Geological Society of America learned last month when several presentations at their annual meeting featured analysis of these data.