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National Geographic October 17, 2012 They're calling it the planet next door, but even our fastest craft would take 40,000 years to reach this Earth-size neighbor. October 16, 2012 Step aside Tatooine. October 15, 2012 Solar wind sparked creation of lunar water, a new study says—a whole new explanation for water in the inner solar system. October 14, 2012 "I'm coming home," Felix Baumgartner radioed from 24 miles up Sunday, just before falling farther and faster than any human on record. Watch right here as Felix Baumgartner attempts to break the sound barrier—65 years to the day after Chuck Yeager did the same in a plane. October 12, 2012 As Endeavour hits L.A. streets Friday, zoomable, ultrahigh-resolution pictures offer a last spin around the flight deck, button by button. October 11, 2012 The universe just got a bit richer with the discovery of a diamond-rich exoplanet orbiting a nearby star, a new study says. October 10, 2012 October 8, 2012 Slime molds have evolved a way of remembering where they've been.

NASA Watch Mars Rover Beginning To Hate Mars PASADENA, CA—NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists overseeing the ongoing Mars Exploration Rover Mission said Monday that the Spirit's latest transmissions could indicate a growing resentment of the Red Planet. Spirit completes a diagram of an erect human penis on the planet's dusty surface. "Spirit has been displaying some anomalous behavior," said Project Manager John Callas, who noted the rover's unsuccessful attempts to flip itself over and otherwise damage its scientific instruments. The "robot geologist," as NASA describes Spirit, has been operating independently for over 990 Martian sols—nearly the equivalent of three Earth years. According to Callas, Spirit was operating normally until the onset of the Martian winter, whose shorter days and frigid temperatures typically mean a slower pace for exploratory rovers. Project leaders receive data from the Mars rover Spirit. "Granted, Spirit has been extraordinarily useful to our work," Callas said. -- News and information about meteor showers, s