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Exploring the Universe

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Satellites 101GAME: Cruise to Mars INTERACT: Exploring orbitsMariner 4Mariner 9Viking missionMars global surveyorDry ice experimentPathfinder Mars odysseyMars express Martian methaneSpirit & OpportunityMars reconnaissance orbiterINTERACT: Features of Mars
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Ancient observationsDistance between Earth and MarsOrbital cyclesEarly speculationsIs Mars really red?Temperature & atmosphere
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Why go to Mars?Seeking signs of habitabilityWhere to look?Destination: Gale craterNavigationRover visionChemCamSurface and atmospheric studiesCuriosity's armCuriosity's handChemistry and mineralogySAM InstrumentsPreparing for landingEntry, descent & landingCuriosity landing simulation
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Curiosity has landedCuriosity descent Systems checkCuriosity's first driveNavigation updateObservationsDiscovery: StreambedFirst CheMin resultsPreparation for holidaysCalcium-rich deposits foundResults of first drillingMars' bygone atmosphere'Spring Break' over: commanding resumesRover ready to switch gearsTrek to Mt. Sharp beginsDating younger rocksCuriosity completes its first martian yearA softer trek to mount sharpA taste of mount sharp

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Centuries of observations ignited curiosity about other bodies in our solar system. Eventually, we reached out and touched them...what did we find?