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read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover To Zap Rocks With Laser'
December 22, 2010

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will shoot a laser at rocks and patches of soil with enough power to generate a flash revealing each target's atomic ingredients.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover To Zap Rocks With Laser' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers'
November 30, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

More than one million people have watched assembly and testing of NASA's next Mars rover via a live webcam since it went online in October.
read the article 'Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover'
November 30, 2010

As it explores a region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity will monitor temperatures, winds, humidity and other environmental variables using tools supplied by Spain.
read the article 'Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Camera on Curiosity's Arm Will Magnify Clues in Rocks'
November 16, 2010

A camera installed this month on the robotic arm of NASA's next Mars rover will do close-up inspections for clues to Martian environments, but it can look far away, too.
read the article 'Camera on Curiosity's Arm Will Magnify Clues in Rocks' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Sensor on Mars Rover to Measure Radiation Environment'
November 9, 2010

One of the experiments on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will measure the natural radiation environment to aid plans for future human missions.
read the article 'Sensor on Mars Rover to Measure Radiation Environment' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Watch Construction Of NASA's New Mars Rover Live On The Web'
October 21, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A newly installed webcam is giving the public an opportunity to watch technicians assemble and test the next NASA Mars rover, one of the most technologically challenging interplanetary missions ever designed.
read the article 'Watch Construction Of NASA's New Mars Rover Live On The Web' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mobile Mars Lab Almost Ready For Curiosity Rover'
October 8, 2010

A suite of instruments to analyze samples of Martian rocks and soil for chemistry relevant to life is being readied in Maryland for NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity.
read the article 'Mobile Mars Lab Almost Ready For Curiosity Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing'
September 29, 2010

In preparation for NASA's next rover landing on the Red Planet, one Mars year away, an instrument studying the Martian atmosphere from orbit has begun a campaign.
read the article 'Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Laser Tool for Studying Mars Rocks Delivered to JPL'
September 21, 2010

A tool newly delivered from Los Alamos National Laboratory for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will zap Martian rocks with a laser to learn the rocks' makeup.
read the article 'Laser Tool for Studying Mars Rocks Delivered to JPL' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie'
September 16, 2010

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, through an obstacle course to test its mobility system.
read the article 'Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover'
September 16, 2010

Tests underway in a JPL clean room will refine the precision of movements by a robotic arm that can reach more than 7 feet in front of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
read the article 'Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover'
September 16, 2010

Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term program of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in late 2011, and arrive at an intriguing region of Mars in August 2012.
read the article 'Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps'
September 13, 2010

The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity, exercised its mobility system by driving over raised ramps in recent testing at JPL.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm'
September 7, 2010

Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover that will be on Mars two years from now, has been flexing the robotic arm that spacecraft workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory attached to the rover body in August 2010.
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Takes First Baby Steps'
July 23, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Like proud parents savoring their baby’s very first steps, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time.
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Takes First Baby Steps' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds'
July 23, 2010

Talk about a growth-spurt. In one week, Curiosity grew by approximately 1 meter (3.5 feet) when spacecraft technicians and engineers attached the rover’s neck and head (called the Remote Sensing Mast) to its body.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown'
July 19, 2010

A downward-pointing camera on the front-left side of NASA's Curiosity rover will give adventure fans worldwide an unprecedented sense of riding a spacecraft to a landing on Mars.
read the article 'Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Curiosity Spins Its Wheels'
July 13, 2010

The wheels that will touch down on Mars in 2012 are several rotations closer to spinning on the rocky trails of Mars.
read the article 'Curiosity Spins Its Wheels' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Sports a Set of New Wheels'
July 1, 2010

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is sitting pretty on a set of spiffy new wheels that would be the envy of any car show on Earth.

The wheels and a suspension system were added this week by spacecraft technicians and engineers. These new and important touches are a key step in assembling and testing the flight system in advance of a planned 2011 launch.
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Sports a Set of New Wheels' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past'
June 28, 2010

NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals.
read the article 'NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Dryden Hosts Radar Tests for Next Mars Landing'
June 11, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers have finished a key step in testing the radar system for NASA's next mission to Mars, using helicopter flights at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
read the article 'NASA Dryden Hosts Radar Tests for Next Mars Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Geometry Drives Selection Date For 2011 Mars Launch'
May 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For optimal communications during arrival at Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, will launch after Thanksgiving 2011 and land on Mars in August 2012.
read the article 'Geometry Drives Selection Date For 2011 Mars Launch' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing'
April 13, 2010

This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars.
read the article 'Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover'
April 6, 2010

JPL has received the two cameras for the Mast Camera instrument, the science-imaging workhorse of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, to be launched next year.
read the article 'San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools'
February 11, 2010

Engineers just completed the first end-to-end test for Curiosity's robotic arm and sampling tools, "flexing" the arm to see if it plays "nice" with the rest of the system.
read the article 'Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Goddard Scientist's Breakthrough Given Ticket to Mars'
January 6, 2010
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

A new Mars mission will be checking whether a carefully chosen area of Mars has ever had an environment favorable for the development of life and preservation of evidence about life.
read the article 'Goddard Scientist's Breakthrough Given Ticket to Mars' Read More

Mission Information

Launched:
7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
(10:02 a.m. EST)

Landed:
10:32 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012
(1:32 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2012)

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