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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…

Monster Comet may have Mars in its Crosshairs

Mars may have a really bad day next year on October 19th.    That’s when there is a very slight chance a newly discovered comet may impact our neighboring planet, says NASA. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) was discovered by Australian Robert H. McNaught, a prolific comet and asteroid hunter just two months ago and NASA’s Near-Earth…

Curiosity successfully completes drill test on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover made history this week by boring its first hole into the Martian surface. The February 6 “mini-drill test” of a fine-grained sedimentary rock marks the first full operation of both the hammering and rotary action of Curiosity’s drill bit, which is located at the end of the one-ton rover’s 7-foot-long robotic arm.…

Heated Discussion about Energy in Second Presidential Debate, but No Mention of Climate

Next to jobs and the economy, the National Journal reports, no other issue has dominated this year’s election as much as energy because it’s a proxy for many other things (subscription). “Energy has not been this big an issue in a presidential campaign since the tumultuous years of the 1970s,” when the Arab oil embargo raised gasoline prices and had…

How to Drive a Mars Rover

From 120 million miles away, a team at “drivers” must tell the Mars rover Curiosity where to go as it approaches a steep, rocky slope. They work their computer screens with an arcade-like intensity—you almost expect them to reach for the joystick. But that’s not how you drive on Mars. It’s much more complicated than that, and the stakes could hardly be higher.

Scene of a Martian Landing

It has the feel of a crime scene shot—a grainy black-and-white photo with arrows pointing to where the salient evidence was found. But the absorbing image is instead a marvel of space science, an actual photo that shows where the five portions of the now celebrated Mars Science Lab/Curiosity descent capsule landed.