This week on Mars: Making Tracks

Curiosity rover continues soil sample collection; trek to new area

Checking in with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Curiosity Rover report, we find that the Mars rover is taking some more soil samples as it rolls across the landscape to its next destination.

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The agency also posted some new high-res photos from outer space, showing pictures of where parts of the space ship crashed on the planet - good thing none of the Martians were injured:

It also looks like they're taking a rest stop here for seven days, I'm still not sure if there's any cool roadside attractions - maybe there's a giant ball of twine somewhere or a Stuckey's.

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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