Scooped! - Through The Sandglass
Nice summary of the Curiosity rover's soil sampling activity thus far at the linked blog. Lots of fun surprising news from Mars lately: Ancient streambed, well-above freezing temperatures in Gale Crater, previously unobserved igneous rock types (which like others suggest presence of water). Gale Crater sounds more and more like cyanobacteria habitat every day.
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