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Last But Not Least
By Jeffrey Marlow

Curiosity's final scientific instrument gets up and running.
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Anatomy of a Decision
By Jeffrey Marlow

Sixty-eight minutes, two dozen scientists, two hours of science. Decisions must be made.
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Glenelg: From the Scottish Highlands to Mars
By Jeffrey Marlow

Curiosity's science team identified its first destination: Glenelg, a site where three types of terrain converge, offering a lot of bang for the team’s scientific buck.
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Kicking the Tires
By Jeffrey Marlow

Mars rovers, by definition, rove. That’s kind of the point: to spin the wheels and carry scientific instruments across the landscape, facilitating the investigation of martian geology.
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The Make-Up of the Science Team
By Jeffrey Marlow

The Mars Science Laboratory mission transitioned from one of the most impressive engineering feats in space exploration history to a scientific mission with enormous potential for discovery.
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Inside the Real Mission Control
By Jeffrey Marlow

In one corner of the Mars Science Laboratory mission operations floor, computer projectors beam constantly updating color-coded charts onto four large screens that cover the walls.
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Martian GPS
By Jeffrey Marlow

Some of the most remarkable images of Curiosity released so far have come not from the seventeen cameras onboard the rover but from one traveling 300 kilometers overhead.
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Curiosity's Scientists get Confirmation of Instrument's Health
By Jeffrey Marlow

Over the last nine months, Curiosity has been through a lot: the trauma of launch, the frigid vacuum of space, and the turbulent descent through the martian atmosphere.
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Landing Site Bingo
By Jeffrey Marlow

The Mars Science Laboratory science team tries to pin the tail on the landing site.
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Changing Of The Guard
By Jeffrey Marlow

At 12:20 a.m., after a jubilant press conference had been dismissed, after Will.i.am and Morgan Freeman had retreated to Hollywood, and after the pop-up gift shops had stopped selling Mars Science Lab
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Entry, Descent and Landing Made Easy (Well, Easier)
By Jeffrey Marlow

Entry, Descent, and Landing is a stressful process for everyone, spiked with “seven minutes of terror” and its attendant grey hairs. But, enduring the tension as the head scientist of a tent-pole Mars mission is an entirely different experience.
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Why Everyone is After the Elusive "All Access" Badge
By Jeffrey Marlow

“Where will you be watching Curiosity’s landing?” That’s the question floating around Pasadena today, in hotel lobbies and coffee shops, as an estimated 15,000 people have descended
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Where to Draw the Lines? A Mapping Project
By Jeffrey Marlow

As Curiosity hurtles toward its landing site at Gale Crater, the Entry, Descent, and Landing team has taken center stage.
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The Pre-landing Frenzy
By Jeffrey Marlow

The pre-landing frenzy is in full force down on the JPL mall, where countdown clocks tick away and a fountain provides dramatic percussion, like a constant Mission Impossible soundtrack.
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