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Celebrating NASA’s Curiosity’s First Birthday (Live!)

The drama for Curiosity began with so-called “the seven minutes of terror,” landing operation that involved rocket burns to slow down Curiosity from its 13,000 mph (21,000 km per hour) interplanetary cruising speed to a harrowing sky crane maneuver that allowed the rover to be gingerly lowered to the surface. (Read: “Top 5 First Year…

July 28, 2013: Riding Horseback From Canada To Brazil, Walking Silently For 17 Years, and More

This week, we ride from Calgary to Brazil, relying on the kindness of strangers, then we forego motorized vehicles for 22 years while maintaining a vow of silence, and finally, we get some hiking tips from the best hiker in the world.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Bat X-Rays, Corpse-Eating Fly…

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: An x-ray video reveals the secret behind bat’s ability for flight, a corpse-eating fly is back from the dead after being thought extinct, and …

July 7, 2013: Falling 1,000 Feet off The Andes, Saving The Great Barrier Reef, and More

Join National Geographic Weekend radio this week, as we survive a 1,000 foot fall from the Bolivian Andes, then we explore Mars with NASA’S Curiosity Rover, and finally, we team up with Afghanistan’s national cycling team to provide opportunity (and bikes) for women.

5 Sky Events This Week: Venus Buzzes Beehive, Morning Return of Mars

Early evening and mornings this first week of July offer up some celestial close encounters that may test your stargazing skills–but they promise great rewards. Pluto best for 2013. After nightfall on Monday, July 1 Pluto will be at “opposition,” meaning that it’s opposite to the Sun in the sky. And that means the dwarf…

Top 10 Headlines Today: New Language Found, Interactive Mars Panorama

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: A new language has been discovered in Australia, the Curiosity rover has delivered a new billion-pixel panorama from Mars, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Albino Gorilla Mystery, Mars Meteorite Discovery…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Inbreeding led to rare albino gorilla, a Martian meteorite found in Antarctica may contain building blocks for life, and…

Mysterious Martian Grooves Carved by Dry Ice Chunks?

Mysterious grooves carved into the slopes of giant Martian sand dunes may be generated by gliding chunks of dry ice, NASA said this week.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Our New Body Part, Harmful Birdsong Apps…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Researchers have identified a previously unknown layer in human eyes, mobile phone apps that mimic birdsongs may harm birds, and…

June 9, 2013: Cooking Cicadas, Colonizing Mars, and More

National Geographic Weekend celebrates the new Age of Exploration by meeting some of the most celebrated explorers of our past. We chat with astronaut Buzz Aldrin about the future of space exploration, American Everest pioneer Jim Whittaker about the past and present of climbing on Everest.

5 Sky Events This Week: Mercury Rising, Moon Meets the Lion’s Heart

This week skywatchers get a chance to watch the moon strike a pose with bright stars while the most elusive of naked-eye planets puts on its best sky show of the year. Moon poses with Venus. About 30 minutes after sunset on Monday, June 10, skywatchers around the world can look towards the very low…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Hot Pink Slugs, Mars’ Dangerous Radiation…

The top 10 headlines on our radar today: Enormous hot pink slugs discovered, astronauts on Mars would be subjected to dangerous levels of radiation, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: First Climate Victims, New Snake Species…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: The citizens of a small town in Alaska have become America’s first refugees displaced by climate change, a new species of pit viper has been discovered in Honduras, and…

Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker

How far would you go to push the bounds of discovery? What would you risk? From the top of Mount Everest to the surface of the Moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and mountaineer Conrad Anker have risked their lives to undertake humankind’s most stunning achievements.

Lost Soviet Mars Lander Found?

Nearly 42 years after it landed and mysteriously died on the Red Planet, a Russian spacecraft’s final resting place may have been found thanks to the keen-eyes of an online Russian community of Mars fans, according to a NASA statement this week.. Poring over hi-resolution  images of the landing region snapped by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance…