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NASA's Curiosity Lands On Red Planet

The rolling NASA laboratory called Curiosity has begun its two-year mission on the Red Planet. The nuclear-powered robot pulled off a tricky touchdown in a Martian crater. There is a lot riding on this mission — not the least is the $2.5 billion price tag.
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Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing

The rolling NASA laboratory called Curiosity kicked off what's expected to be a two-year mission on the Red Planet with a tricky automated landing in a Martian crater.

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An Anthropologist Walks Into A Bar And Asks, 'Why Is This Joke Funny?'

Graduate student Robert Lynch is on a quest to deconstruct our built-in instinct for humor, and find out why making people laugh could be important to the way we've adapted to survive.
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Life On Mars? Try One Of Saturn's Moons Instead

When it comes to the search for life beyond Earth, most of the focus is in on Mars. But a growing number of scientists are looking at Saturn's moon, Enceladus, instead. Scientists believe the moon has water and organic materials that are the building blocks of life.
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Waiting For A Sign: Mars Rover To Land On Its Own

Here's the plan: The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will land gently on Mars at 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday. The rover's entry, descent and landing will last for seven minutes. But the first signals about how that all went won't reach Earth until about seven minutes after it's over.
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How This Mission To Mars Is Different From Others

NPR's Joe Palca will be at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to monitor the Mars mission landing Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. PDT. Palca talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about the Mars landing and purpose of the mission.

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