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In more than eight Earth years, NASA's unexpectedly tough Mars rover Opportunity been stuck in a sand dune, nursed a bad shoulder and endured five brutal winters on Mars. Its new rover, Curiosity, should be so lucky.
Scott Maxwell has a dream job: driving rovers on Mars. But it's more to him than just playing with toys on other planets -- Scott would love to live on Mars if it were possible, and loves working on "Mars time" -- when his work day starts 40 minutes later every day. "If NASA set up a flight tomorrow, I'd be the first one. They wouldn't have to bring me back," he says. Maxwell was one of the drivers of the Spirit rover, which got stuck and died in 2010, and will be driving the Curiosity rover that lands on Mars early Monday morning, August 6.
The White House celebrates President Obama's 51st birthday Saturday.
SPORT-Olympics Five Things to Watch
The career of Michael Phelps is expected to come to an end Saturday night in the men's 4x100 medley relay.
It starts with a squiggle on an abandoned building, then another, and another, until the once-blank wall becomes a mural. To some, it's a priceless work of art, but to others it's a crime.
Everyday life in Homs based on a Syrian blogger's posts: Twenty-something "Al" has a life interrupted, days and nights existing in two states: mundane, almost zombie-like boredom and then sudden, run-for-your life terror.
MED- Divricean magnet surgery
Experts have warned about the dangers of children swallowing magnets. But in an experimental surgery, magnets cleared an intestinal blockage to save a child's life.
Syria-Unrest (Will update)
Deaths in the Syrian civil war mounted across the country Saturday, including the nation's capital of Damascus and the country's largest city, Aleppo.
SPORT-Olympics-Day-Wrap (Will update)
Olympic athletes and spectators are set for the biggest day of action yet at the London 2012 Games, with 25 gold medals up for grabs in 11 different sports on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday."
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