Catharine Conley

Sep. 14, 2012

Mars Rover May Be Contaminated with Earth Microbes

If microbial stowaways did hitch a ride to Mars, how will Curiosity's mission be affected?

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\tIn 2011, comet Lovejoy traveled through the sun’s corona and lived to tell the tale. But its tail was the most telling. Reporting in the journal Science, Cooper Downs, an astrophysicist at Predictive Science Inc. in San Diego, Calif., says that the wiggly path of the comet’s tail helps explain the sun’s magnetic field. \t 

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