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This artists rendering provided by NASA shows the Mars Rover, Curiosity. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars.

Mars rover Curiosity safely lands on the red planet

A £1.6 billion one-ton robot rover the size of a small car landed safely on Mars today after one of the most daring and difficult interplanetary operations attempted

Crunch time looms for bold Mars rover mission

A bold attempt to land a one-ton rover as big as a Mini Cooper on Mars will end in triumph or disaster tomorrow.

Nasa's Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars on Monday

Nasa's seven minutes of terror to land Curiosity rover in mission to explore Mars

They call it the seven minutes of terror, and for good reason, as this is the perilously short length of time Nasa scientists have given themselves to land a space probe on Mars that will hit the Martian upper atmosphere at 13,200mph.

This artists rendering provided by NASA shows the Mars Rover, Curiosity. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars.

After travelling 352 million miles, seven terrifying minutes will decide the fate of the £1.5bn Mars rover 'Curiosity'

£1.5bn of prime space technology will hurtle through the atmosphere of Mars as one of the most daring space missions ever attempted plays out...

Last night's viewing - Mission to Mars: a Horizon Special, BBC2; Simply Italian, Channel 4

Terrestrially speaking, the Olympics are the best show in town when it comes to a nerve-shredding discrepancy between preparation time and actual performance. If you haven't heard a commentator say it already, you definitely will sometime in the next few weeks: "Four long years of hard work and sacrifice," they'll mutter solemnly. "All down to the next 30 seconds." But that unequal face-off between imagined achievement and actual result is dwarfed by the one-shot-only fixture covered in Mission to Mars: a Horizon Special.

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Appearance of bloated pig-like creature with five toes sparks online frenzy

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Members of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity team, which includes rover drivers and scientists, test out an engineering model of its next generation Mars rover, dubbed

Nasa tests next-generation of Mars Rover in preparation for start of £1.6bn mission

The Mojave Desert stood in for the dry earth of the Red Planet yesterday as Nasa scientists tested an engineering model of their next-generation Mars rover.

Antarctica, Snow Hill Island

Antarctica team endures extremes in hope of showing the way to Mars

Fourteen researchers are undergoing four months of freezing darkness, all in aid of space travel

Craters 'could give Mars life clue'

Craters from asteroid impacts may be one of the best places to look for life on Mars, a study suggests.

Scientists replicate the sounds of Mars

The sounds of Mars and Venus have been revealed for the first time by scientists.

The creator of the cosmically successful Angry Birds unveiled its latest release yesterday - Angry Birds Space - and showed off its new in-game physics on the International Space Station

Trending: Pigs (and Angry Birds) in space!

Video-game launches can be gritty (I've seen one at Battersea Power Station as holograms of helicopters circled, and visited a former nuclear bunker under Moscow for another).

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Three literary adaptations this week, a sci-fi stinker, a stagy seduction drama, and – in a bold move that pays off – Hardy's 'Tess' set in India

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