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2011

Sleigh Ride Over Mars

Sleigh Ride Over Mars - December 20, 2011

Take a virtual sleigh ride over the real landscapes of Mars, courtesy of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Mars Mission Begins Collecting Data While Still Near Earth

Mars Mission Begins Collecting Data While Still Near Earth - December 13, 2011

Although still nearly eight months from Mars, the Radiation Assessment Detector on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory has begun collecting data that will aid planning of future human missions to Mars.

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Curiosity Heads to Mars

Curiosity Heads to Mars - November 28, 2011

The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft separates from the upper stage of its Atlas V launch vehicle and heads on its way to Mars.

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Curiosity's Launch

Curiosity's Launch - November 26, 2011

NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26, 2011, launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket occurred at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST).

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Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?

Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars? - November 21, 2011

What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Getting a Rover Ready for Launch

The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Getting a Rover Ready for Launch - November 17, 2011

Engineers put the rover through thousands of hours of testing. They did drop tests; pull tests; drive tests; load tests, and many other tests to get Curiosity ready for launch.

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The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Transporting a Mars Rover

The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Transporting a Mars Rover - November 16, 2011

Transporting the Curiosity rover from its birthplace in Pasadena, California to Cape Canaveral, Florida, took countless hours and careful planning and preparation. The precious rover was placed onto a flatbed truck using a forklift; was driven down the highway for several miles and flown on a military transport plane for its cross country trip.

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Mars in a Minute: Is Mars Really Red?

Mars in a Minute: Is Mars Really Red? - November 10, 2011

Mars is often known as the "Red Planet," but is it really red? This 60-second video answers one of the most frequently asked questions about our planetary neighbor.

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Ist Mars Wirklich Rot?
(German translation provided by Curiosity science team member Walter Goetz)

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Er Mars Virkelig Rød?
(Danish translation provided by Curiosity science team member Morten Madsen)

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Building Curiosity: Mars Rover Power

Building Curiosity: Mars Rover Power - October 19, 2011

Curiosity is the biggest robot explorer ever to rove Mars. How do you power something like that?

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Rovers Eye View of Three-Year Trek on Mars

Rovers Eye View of Three-Year Trek on Mars - October 10, 2011

During the three-year trek of NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater, rover planners captured a horizon photograph at the end of each drive. 309 images taken during the 13-mile journey appear in this video.

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Curiosity Rover Trailer

Curiosity Rover Trailer - August 10, 2011

This animation shows the major mission events of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars.

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Possible Water Flows on Mars

Possible Water Flows on Mars - August 4, 2011

Mysterious features on slopes hint there could be water flows on Mars.

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Curiosity at Kennedy Space Center

Curiosity at Kennedy Space Center - July 26, 2011

Guided tour of the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's flight hardware at Kennedy Space Center.

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Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site: Gale crater

Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site: Gale crater - July 22, 2011

Soar over the crater on Mars that will be the landing site for NASA's Curiosity rover.

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Mars Science Laboratory

Mars Science Laboratory - July 22, 2011

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Rover Drop Test: QuickTime: 640x360 (8.42 MB)
Spirit's Photo Diary

Spirit's Snapshots of Mars - July 19, 2011

These views of Mars are just a small sampling from the 124,000 images returned by the Spirit rover.

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Next Mars Rover in Action

Next Mars Rover in Action - June 24, 2011

A narrated play-by-play of Curiosity's entry, descent, and landing on Mars!

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation (Full Version)

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation (Full Version) - June 24, 2011

This 11-minute animation depicts key events of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012.

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Building Curiosity: The Big Move for Next Mars Rover

Building Curiosity: The Big Move for Next Mars Rover - June 23, 2011

Engineers and technicians have been planning for months and working for weeks on the big move for NASA's Mars Curiosity rover.

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Building Curiosity: Packing for Florida

Building Curiosity: Packing for Florida - June 21, 2011

Time-lapse movie of the NASA Mars Curiosity rover's last days in the clean room before being shipped to Florida for launch.

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Imagine Mars Overview (Part 1)

Imagine Mars Overview (Part 1) - June 6, 2011

The Imagine Mars Project gives students a chance to work with scientists and engineers to build and design a future human community on Mars.

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Image Mars Project: Student Music Video (Part 2)

Imagine Mars Project: Student Music Video (Part 2) - June 6, 2011

Students compose a song about the Red Planet after designing computer models of a future human outpost on Mars.

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Spirit's Triumphs on Mars

Spirit's Triumphs on Mars - May 25, 2011

Team members reflect on Spirit's six-years of roving Mars.

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The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Selecting a Landing Site

The Challenges of Getting to Mars: Selecting a Landing Site - May 18, 2011

Scientists get closer to selecting a landing site for the Curiosity rover.

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Building Curiosity: Going For A Spin

Building Curiosity: Going For A Spin - May 10, 2011

Engineers put the rover through spin tests to ensure smooth sailing in space.

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Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation

Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation - April 4, 2011

This artist's concept animation depicts key events of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012.

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Mars Rover Goes From Shake to Bake

Mars Rover Goes From Shake to Bake - March 30, 2011

Curiosity will have to survive the extreme temperatures of Mars. Is the rover ready? Engineers put it through thermal tests to find out.

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Curiosity's Stunt Double Takes a Spin

Curiosity's Stunt Double Takes a Spin - March 18, 2011

Engineers test Curiosity's hill-climbing capabilities using her Earthbound twin.

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Rover Shakedown

Rover Shakedown - March 2, 2011

Engineers put the rover through a human-made earthquake to make sure nothing breaks on its trip to Mars.

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Landing System Drop Test

Landing System Drop Test - January 19, 2011

Engineers test the first-of-its-kind landing system on NASA's next Mars rover.

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