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Eclipse season on Mars, so Curiosity took photos
By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA's Mars Curiosity rover took hundreds of photos of what on Earth is a rare event: a partial eclipse of the sun.
Two moons zip around the red planet, so eclipses are more common. Scientists say there's even somewhat of an eclipse season.
Curiosity turned its cameras skyward to watch chunks of the sun seemingly bitten away by Mars' moons in three different eclipses, starting last week and continuing Wednesday.
Texas A&M University scientist Mark Lemmon said these pictures will help scientists track the fate of the larger Martian moon, Phobos. In 10 to 15 million years, Phobos will get so close to Mars it will break up and crash into the planet.
On Friday, Curiosity will start making its first chemical tests of a rock.
Posted: Wednesday, September 19 2012, 08:23 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Teen in devastated Okla. town handing out hugs
May 25, 2013 02:26 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything -- cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter.
Thirteen-year-old Halle Carr thought residents of her hometown could also use a hug after the twister Monday that killed 24 people in Moore.
Halle has been standing on a corner with a white sign that reads: "Need a hug? I am here!" And people are taking her up on the offer.
On Friday, people in work trucks, cars and vans loaded with belongings rolled down their windows and reached out their arms to the girl. Some shouted words of encouragement.
Halle said it makes her feel good to spread a little cheer. She said she'll come out every day, as long as she thinks she's needed.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
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