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For Mars Rover, Curiosity Is The Limit

Fingers are crossed that the Mars rover Curiosity will have a successful landing. Curiosity has been called one of the most complex Mars engineering projects ever. Host Michel Martin talks with Clara Ma, the teenager who named Curiosity, about her hopes for the mission.
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NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet

A NASA rover called "Curiosity" is approaching Mars. After a more than eight-month journey, it's set to land on Mars late Sunday night. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report.
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Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander

Adam Steltzner's father told him he wouldn't amount to much. He spent his youth barely passing school and "studying sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he says. Then he found a purpose in the stars — and led the team that dreamed a daring new scheme to get NASA's latest rover on Mars.
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Discovery Of 7,000th Amphibian Celebrated In Song

The website AmphibiaWeb celebrated the discovery of the 7,000th species of amphibian this week. The website is run by the University of California, Berkeley. Audie Cornish has more.
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Extreme Makeover, Potato Edition

Will tomorrow's U.S. supermarket stock 10 kinds of potatoes? Potato geneticist Chuck Brown hopes so. He's been working to introduce the American market to purple, orange and red potato varieties, and bring back the sizzle potatoes once enjoyed.
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Endangered: Animals And Zoos Fighting For Survival

We talk with the head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute about the future of zoos and their links to conservation.

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Groundbreaking NASA Mission Studies Space Weather

We head to NASA Goddard to learn more about space weather, solar cycles and an upcoming launch to study radiation belts near Earth.

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