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From Landing to Sophomore Year and Back Again
By Clara Ma

While the Curiosity rover is busy exploring the Martian surface, I'm busy trying to find my place in high school and at JPL.
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Message from Captain Suni Williams
By Fernando Abilleira

I just got a message from Captain Suni Williams, commander of Expedition 32 and currently orbiting Earth in the International Space Station (ISS)
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Changing Of The Guard
By Jeffrey Marlow

At 12:20 a.m., after a jubilant press conference had been dismissed, after and Morgan Freeman had retreated to Hollywood, and after the pop-up gift shops had stopped selling Mars Science Lab
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Entry, Descent and Landing Made Easy (Well, Easier)
By Jeffrey Marlow

Entry, Descent, and Landing is a stressful process for everyone, spiked with “seven minutes of terror” and its attendant grey hairs. But, enduring the tension as the head scientist of a tent-pole Mars mission is an entirely different experience.
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An Intern’s Perspective
By Joseph Anz

These are very exciting times, especially being an intern with the Mars Public Engagement Team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Why you may ask?
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Why Everyone is After the Elusive "All Access" Badge
By Jeffrey Marlow

“Where will you be watching Curiosity’s landing?” That’s the question floating around Pasadena today, in hotel lobbies and coffee shops, as an estimated 15,000 people have descended
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Measured in Hours
By Jeff Norris

I was working late last night helping to put the finishing touches on the many ways that we're sharing tonight's landing with the world, but I did pause for a moment as the countdown clock on my screen raced past the one day mark.
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Count Down to Landing
By Be A Martian

One day away from landing, and the countdown is almost over. The mission team preps for landing night.
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The Pre-landing Frenzy
By Jeffrey Marlow

The pre-landing frenzy is in full force down on the JPL mall, where countdown clocks tick away and a fountain provides dramatic percussion, like a constant Mission Impossible soundtrack.
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Breathing Deeply
By Robert Manning

We just passed a major milestone! We sent the commands to the rover to get the sequence started up. If we did nothing else the rover would probably land ok even now. We keep knocking on wood, everything is going so well.
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Onward to Mars!
By Jordan Evans

It’s 4 days until landing. As I drove in to work this morning, I was thinking about the many things that we’ve fixed on the Mars Science Laboratory over the past 6 years.
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