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Curiosity Sleeps As Solar Blast Races Toward Mars

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NASA says the Curiosity rover is hunkering down after the sun unleashed a blast headed for Mars.

Courtesy of NASA/Charisse Nahser

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the robotic arm of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity, has been stowed against the body of the spacecraft.

Project managers said Wednesday they powered down the car-size rover as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem. The Opportunity rover and two orbiting NASA spacecraft will carry on with normal activities.

On Tuesday, scientists noticed a flare erupting from the sun. The burst sent a stream of radiation and a cloud of superheated gas toward Mars. The solar eruption was not expected to have an impact on Earth.

Curiosity is recovering from a memory problem last week. Engineers were troubleshooting the cause when they decided to put the rover in sleep mode. This means it'll take even longer for Curiosity to return to its science experiments.

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bgrnathan | March 7, 2013 at 2:01 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

THERE'S A GOOD EXPLANATION FOR WHY LIFE MAY EXIST ON MARS. In the Earth's past there was powerful volcanic activity which could have easily spewed dirt and rocks containing microbes into outer space which not only could have eventually reached Mars but also ended up traveling in orbit through space that we now know as meteors. A Newsweek article of September 21, 1998, p.12 mentions exactly this possibility. "We think there's about 7 million tons of earth soil sitting on Mars", says scientist and evolutionist Kenneth Nealson. "You have to consider the possibility that if we find life on Mars, it could have come from the Earth" [Weingarten, T., Newsweek, September 21, 1998, p.12].

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