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Rod Pyle

Blog Entries by Rod Pyle

Barnstorming Space

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Who wants to fly their own shoebox-sized experiment into space for a few thousand dollars? Or experience weightlessness in Earth orbit, or a trip around the moon? How about remotely visiting an asteroid that contains more fresh water than exists in all of Earth's lakes and streams? Welcome to Space...

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Curiosity Rover Drill "Danger", "Flaw" and "Malfunction": Not So

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 10:29 AM

After watching a video interview I conducted last week with Robert Manning, Curiosity's Chief Engineer, which posted to, some viewers were left with the impression that the drill on the rover's arm will fail sometime around the culmination of the primary mission or before. This is not...

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The Great Martian Mystery Revealed... Sort of

(37) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 9:03 AM

The finale of 2012's Great Martian Mystery was finally on stage Monday at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. A panel of Mars Science Laboratory scientists were first up (AGU knew better than to keep the TV networks waiting; their collective attention spans would be rapidly exceeded).

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How We Have Explored Mars: Top 12 Events (PHOTOS)

(213) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Tomorrow, NASA's latest mars probe, the Mars Science Laboratory rover "Curiosity," will land on the Red Planet. It is the largest, heaviest and most ambitious rover ever to head off to Mars. If successful, Curiosity is likely to change much about the way we look at Mars. Long-term geological processes,...

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