This Week on Mars: Soil Scoopage!

Curiosity rover plays in the Martian dirt and finds some good soil samples

It's been a bit since we checked in with the Mars Curiosity Rover, but luckily NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is able to give us a weekly update on what's going on out there.

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In this week's report, we find out that the rover has been scooping up soil samples, and then determining whether the sample collected is good enough for further analysis. It's fascinating seeing the different steps (a system of go/no-go determines whether to go on to the next step) the Rover takes to make sure the sample is good.

Still no discoveries of Martians, Marvin or otherwise. Fingers still crossed.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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