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read the article 'NASA Encourages Public To Explore Its Curiosity With New Rover-Themed Badge On Foursquare'
December 27, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.
read the article 'NASA Encourages Public To Explore Its Curiosity With New Rover-Themed Badge On Foursquare' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay''
December 18, 2012

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity this week is driving within a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay," providing information to help researchers choose a rock to drill.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Rover Self-Portrait Shoot Uses Arm Choreography'
December 11, 2012

A self-portrait of the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity stitches together dozens of images by the camera at the end of the rover's arm.
read the article 'Mars Rover Self-Portrait Shoot Uses Arm Choreography' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay'
December 11, 2012

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove 63 feet (19 meters) northeastward early Monday, Dec. 10, approaching a step down into a slightly lower area called "Yellowknife Bay," where researchers intend to choose a rock to drill.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars'
December 5, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pictures from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show scars on the surface of the Red Planet where discarded pieces of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft hit the ground.
read the article 'Orbiter Spies Where Rover's Cruise Stage Hit Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Robust Multi-Year Mars Program; New Rover To Close Out Decade Of New Missions'
December 4, 2012
Source: NASA

Building on the success of Curiosity's Red Planet landing, NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new robotic science rover set to launch in 2020.
read the article 'NASA Announces Robust Multi-Year Mars Program; New Rover To Close Out Decade Of New Missions' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Opportunity Rover Does Walkabout of Crater Rim'
December 4, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The latest work assignment for NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is a further examination of an area where the robot just completed a walkabout.
read the article 'NASA Opportunity Rover Does Walkabout of Crater Rim' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Martian Soil Samples'
December 3, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Martian Soil Samples' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Update Set In San Francisco About Curiosity Mars Rover'
November 29, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The next news conference about the NASA Mars rover Curiosity will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in San Francisco at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
read the article 'Update Set In San Francisco About Curiosity Mars Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Regional Dust Storm Dissipating'
November 27, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A regional dust storm on Mars, tracked from orbit since Nov. 10, appears to be abating rather than going global.
read the article 'Regional Dust Storm Dissipating' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars'
November 26, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Mission launched a year ago today, putting the rover Curiosity on its way to Gale Crater, where it has been working for 16 weeks.
read the article 'One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy on Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm'
November 21, 2012

A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars.
read the article 'Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Preparing for Thanksgiving Activities'
November 20, 2012

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity completed a touch-and-go inspection of one rock on Sunday, Nov. 18, then pivoted and, on the same day, drove toward a Thanksgiving overlook location.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Preparing for Thanksgiving Activities' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Supersonic Decelerator Project 'On Track' for Success'
November 19, 2012
Source: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA has completed three key milestones in its development of new atmospheric deceleration technologies to support exploration missions across the solar system.
read the article 'Supersonic Decelerator Project 'On Track' for Success' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Instrument Delivered for NASA's Upcoming Mars Mission'
November 16, 2012

A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere has arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.
read the article 'Instrument Delivered for NASA's Upcoming Mars Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Providing New Weather And Radiation Data About Mars'
November 15, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet's surface.
read the article 'NASA Rover Providing New Weather And Radiation Data About Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Nov. 15 Telecon About Mars Rover Progress'
November 13, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Thursday, Nov. 15, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Nov. 15 Telecon About Mars Rover Progress' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Rover's 'SAM' Lab Instrument Suite Tastes Soil'
November 13, 2012

A pinch of fine sand and dust became the first solid Martian sample deposited into the biggest instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity: the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM.
read the article 'Rover's 'SAM' Lab Instrument Suite Tastes Soil' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Long-Lived Orbiter Resumes Work With Fresh Equipment'
November 12, 2012

The NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter has resumed duty after switching to a set of redundant equipment, including a main computer, that had not been used since before the spacecraft's 2001 launch.
read the article 'Long-Lived Orbiter Resumes Work With Fresh Equipment' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Team Switches Back to Earth Time'
November 6, 2012

After three months working on "Mars time," the team operating NASA Mars rover Curiosity has switched to more regular hours, as planned.
read the article 'Curiosity Team Switches Back to Earth Time' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Clues to Changes in Mars' Atmosphere'
November 2, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere.
read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Clues to Changes in Mars' Atmosphere' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Longevity Champ Switching Computers'
November 1, 2012

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, already the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, will switch to some fresh, redundant equipment next week that has not been used since before launch in 2001.
read the article 'Mars Longevity Champ Switching Computers' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Nov. 2 Teleconference About Mars Rover Progress'
October 31, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Friday, Nov. 2, to provide an update on Curiosity's studies of the Martian atmosphere
read the article 'NASA Hosts Nov. 2 Teleconference About Mars Rover Progress' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals'
October 30, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed initial experiments showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii.
read the article 'NASA Rover's First Soil Studies Help Fingerprint Martian Minerals' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Continuing Work With Scoops at 'Rocknest''
October 29, 2012

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity on Sol 82 (Oct. 29, 2012) used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to photograph the diverse rocks in the "Rocknest" area and prepared for an overnight analysis of a soil sample by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument.
read the article 'Continuing Work With Scoops at 'Rocknest'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Oct. 30 Telecon About Mars Curiosity Progress'
October 26, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA Oct. 30 Telecon About Mars Curiosity Progress' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Assessing Drop-Off to Mars Rover's Observation Tray'
October 25, 2012

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission's 78th sol (Oct. 24, 2012) to view soil material on the rover's observation tray.
read the article 'Assessing Drop-Off to Mars Rover's Observation Tray' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Collects Fourth Scoop of Martian Soil'
October 22, 2012

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shook a scoopful of dusty sand inside its sample-handling mechanism on Sol 75 (Oct. 21, 2012) as the third scrubbing of interior surfaces of the mechanism.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Collects Fourth Scoop of Martian Soil' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Curiosity: From Mars to Scotland'
October 20, 2012

On Saturday, October 20, Mars Exploration Program Director Doug McCuistion participated on a virtual "Google+ Hangout" live link to celebrate NASA's Mars activities with Glenelg, Scotland residents.
read the article 'Curiosity: From Mars to Scotland' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover'
October 18, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has ingested its first solid sample into an analytical instrument inside the rover, a capability at the core of the two-year mission.
read the article 'Mars Soil Sample Delivered for Analysis Inside Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA To Host Mars Curiosity Rover Teleconference Oct. 18'
October 16, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 18, about the latest status of the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars.
read the article 'NASA To Host Mars Curiosity Rover Teleconference Oct. 18' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Rover's Second Scoop Discarded, Third Scoop Commanded'
October 15, 2012

Commands will be sent to Curiosity today instructing the rover to collect a third scoop of soil from the "Rocknest" site of windblown Martian sand and dust.
read the article 'Rover's Second Scoop Discarded, Third Scoop Commanded' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Curiosity Preparing for Second Scoop'
October 12, 2012

On Sol 65 (Oct. 11, 2012) of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity completed several activities in preparation for collecting its second scoop of soil.
read the article 'Curiosity Preparing for Second Scoop' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rock Touched By NASA Curiosity Has Surprises'
October 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first Martian rock NASA's Curiosity rover has reached out to touch presents a more varied composition than expected from previous missions.
read the article 'Mars Rock Touched By NASA Curiosity Has Surprises' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Resume Working with First Scooped Sample'
October 10, 2012

The team operating Curiosity decided on Oct. 9, 2012, to proceed with using the rover's first scoop of Martian material.
read the article 'Resume Working with First Scooped Sample' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Mars Rover Progress'
October 9, 2012

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 11, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Mars Rover Progress' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Object Likely Benign Plastic from Curiosity Rover'
October 9, 2012

Curiosity's main activity in the 62nd sol of the mission (Oct. 8, 2012) was to image a small, bright object on the ground using the Remote Micro-Imager of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument.
read the article 'Object Likely Benign Plastic from Curiosity Rover' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Checking a Bright Object on the Ground'
October 8, 2012

Curiosity's first scooping activity appeared to go well on Oct. 7.
read the article 'Checking a Bright Object on the Ground' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'First Scoopful A Success'
October 8, 2012

On the mission's 61st Martian day, or sol (Oct. 7, 2012),NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its soil scoop for the first time, collecting a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site.
read the article 'First Scoopful A Success' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Scuff Stuff'
October 5, 2012

On Sol 58 (Oct. 4, 2012) Curiosity maneuvered its arm to use instruments for close-up examination of sandy material at the "Rocknest" site.
read the article 'Scuff Stuff' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares To Study Martian Soil'
October 4, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.
read the article 'NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares To Study Martian Soil' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Approach to Ripple'
October 3, 2012

On Sol 56 (Oct. 2, 2012), Curiosity drove about 20 feet (6 meters) westward to reach a ripple of sand and dust deposited by the wind at a soil patch called "Rocknest."
read the article 'Approach to Ripple' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Checks in on Mars Using Foursquare'
October 3, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Checks in on Mars Using Foursquare' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Mars Curiosity Rover Progress'
October 2, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 4, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Mars Curiosity Rover Progress' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'From 'Bathurst Inlet' to 'Rocknest''
October 2, 2012

On Sol 55 (Oct. 1, 2012), Curiosity finished observations at the "Bathurst Inlet" rock target it had examined with instruments on the arm.
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Status Report
read the article 'Inspection of Rock Target 'Bathurst Inlet''
October 1, 2012

On Sol 54 (Sept. 30, 2012), Curiosity used two tools at the end of its arm to inspect two targets on an angular rock called "Bathurst Inlet."
read the article 'Inspection of Rock Target 'Bathurst Inlet'' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Near Possible Target for Use of Arm Instruments'
September 28, 2012

On Sol 52 (Sept. 28), Curiosity drove about 122 feet (37.3 meters) eastward toward the Glenelg area, using visual odometry to assess and adjust for any wheel slippage.
read the article 'Near Possible Target for Use of Arm Instruments' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Working At 'Matijevic Hill''
September 28, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, well into its ninth year on Mars, will work for the next several weeks or months at a site with some of the mission's most intriguing geological features.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Working At 'Matijevic Hill'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed On Martian Surface'
September 27, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving.
read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed On Martian Surface' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Longest Drive Yet'
September 26, 2012

On Sol 50 (Sept. 26), Curiosity completed its longest drive yet, rolling about 160 feet (48.9 meters) eastward toward the Glenelg area.
read the article 'Longest Drive Yet' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA To Televise Mars Curiosity Rover Science Update Sept. 27'
September 26, 2012

NASA will host a news conference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Sept. 27, to present science findings from the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA To Televise Mars Curiosity Rover Science Update Sept. 27' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Continuing Toward Glenelg'
September 25, 2012

The rover science team's current focus is on getting Curiosity to the Glenelg area, and the drive took the rover eastward toward that destination.
read the article 'Continuing Toward Glenelg' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target'
September 24, 2012

NASA's rover Curiosity touched a Martian rock with its robotic arm for the first time on Sept. 22, assessing what chemical elements are in the rock called "Jake Matijevic."
read the article 'Curiosity Finishes Close Inspection of Rock Target' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Near Target Rock 'Matijevic''
September 20, 2012

In a day of abbreviated activities due to timing of downlink relays, Curiosity used cameras on Sol 44 (Sept. 20) to observe early-morning atmospheric conditions, inspect a nearby rock, and image rover hardware.
read the article 'Near Target Rock 'Matijevic'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Targets Unusual Rock Enroute To First Destination'
September 19, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover's arm to examine.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Targets Unusual Rock Enroute To First Destination' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Looks at Ground Ahead, Moons Above'
September 19, 2012

A series of daily drives has taken NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity to a vantage point about halfway to a science destination area called Glenelg.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Looks at Ground Ahead, Moons Above' Read More
Feature
read the article 'JPL To Stream Mars Curiosity Telecon'
September 18, 2012

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 19), to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'JPL To Stream Mars Curiosity Telecon' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Driving and Moon-Watching'
September 18, 2012

On Sol 42 (Sept. 17, 2012), Curiosity drove about 105 feet (32 meters), toward the east-southeast, bringing the mission's total driving distance to about 850 feet (259 meters).
read the article 'Driving and Moon-Watching' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'More Meters in Curiosity's Rearview Mirror'
September 17, 2012

Sol 39 through 41 (Sept. 14 - 17) were driving days for the Curiosity rover. On Sol 39, Curiosity logged 72 feet (22 meters) driven.
read the article 'More Meters in Curiosity's Rearview Mirror' Read More
Status Report
read the article '32 Meters of Open Martian Road'
September 14, 2012

Sol 38 (Sept. 13, 2012) was destined to be a driving day for NASA's latest addition to the Martian landscape.
read the article '32 Meters of Open Martian Road' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Reveals Geological Mystery'
September 14, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Reveals Geological Mystery' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Sample-Handling Gear Gets a Buzz'
September 13, 2012

Sol 37 (Sept. 12, 2012) was Curiosity's last day of characterization activities for its robotic arm.
read the article 'Sample-Handling Gear Gets a Buzz' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Finishing Arm Tests'
September 12, 2012

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is planning to resume driving the rover this week after it finishes a week of tests of the rover's arm.
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Finishing Arm Tests' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Arm Tests Nearly Complete'
September 12, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Curiosity team has almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock.
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Arm Tests Nearly Complete' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Next Mars Mission Enters Final Phase Before Launch'
September 11, 2012
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission has passed a critical milestone, Key Decision Point-D or KDP-D.
read the article 'Next Mars Mission Enters Final Phase Before Launch' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'JPL to Stream Mars Curiosity Telecon and Lecture'
September 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 12), to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'JPL to Stream Mars Curiosity Telecon and Lecture' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Spectrometer Finishes Calibration-Target Reading'
September 11, 2012

On Sol 35 of its mission on Mars (Sept. 10, 2012) Curiosity continued activities for characterizing its arm and the tools on the arm.
read the article 'Spectrometer Finishes Calibration-Target Reading' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Observations Point to 'Dry Ice' Snowfall on Mars'
September 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data have given scientists the clearest evidence yet of carbon-dioxide snowfalls on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Observations Point to 'Dry Ice' Snowfall on Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity's Arm Wields Camera Well'
September 10, 2012

The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity spent a busy weekend taking photos from several arm positions.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity's Arm Wields Camera Well' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Exploration Rover Team To Be Honored'
September 7, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The mission team for NASA's long-lived Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif.
read the article 'NASA Mars Exploration Rover Team To Be Honored' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Arm Work to Include Vibration Testing'
September 7, 2012

Curiosity skipped arm testing on Sol 31 (Sept. 6) after controllers held back on new commanding due to a caution about a temperature reading on the arm.
read the article 'Arm Work to Include Vibration Testing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Arm-Work Phase'
September 6, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After driving more than a football field's length since landing, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Arm-Work Phase' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA to Host Telecon About Curiosity Rover Progress'
September 5, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 6, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA to Host Telecon About Curiosity Rover Progress' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Rover Completes Longest Drive Yet'
September 5, 2012

Curiosity completed a drive of 100 feet (30.5 meters) during the mission's Sol 29, on Sept. 4, 2012, traveling southeastward with a dogleg move partway through the drive to skirt some sand.
read the article 'Rover Completes Longest Drive Yet' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Checks Sample of Martian Atmosphere'
September 4, 2012

Curiosity continued to work in good health during the Labor Day weekend.
read the article 'Curiosity Checks Sample of Martian Atmosphere' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Has a Photo Day'
August 31, 2012

Curiosity took a sol off from driving and spent time during the mission's Sol 25, on Aug. 31, 2012, taking images and collecting environmental monitoring data.
read the article 'Curiosity Has a Photo Day' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Rover Completes Fourth Drive'
August 30, 2012

Curiosity drove about 70 feet (about 21 meters) on Thursday, continuing its trek eastward toward a science destination called Glenelg, where it may begin using its drill.
read the article 'Rover Completes Fourth Drive' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Rover Leaves Tracks in Morse Code'
August 29, 2012

Morse Code Release
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Begins Eastbound Trek On Martian Surface'
August 29, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill.
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Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Plays First Song Transmitted From Another Planet'
August 28, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For the first time in history, a recorded song has been beamed back to Earth from another planet.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Plays First Song Transmitted From Another Planet' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Returns Voice and Telephoto Views From Martian Surface'
August 27, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Curiosity has debuted the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back.
read the article 'NASA Rover Returns Voice and Telephoto Views From Martian Surface' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'First Recorded Voice from Mars'
August 27, 2012

The following statement by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was returned to Earth via the Mars Curiosity rover.
read the article 'First Recorded Voice from Mars' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Announces Aug. 27 Mars News Conference'
August 24, 2012

NASA will hold a televised news conference at 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m.EDT), Monday, Aug. 27, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., about the activities of its Curiosity rover mission on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Announces Aug. 27 Mars News Conference' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving At Bradbury Landing'
August 22, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving At Bradbury Landing' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA To Hold Televised Curiosity Rover Media Briefing Aug. 22'
August 21, 2012

NASA will hold a televised news conference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to update media on the progress of its Curiosity rover mission on Mars.
read the article 'NASA To Hold Televised Curiosity Rover Media Briefing Aug. 22' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Studies Mars Surroundings, Nears Drive'
August 21, 2012

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been investigating the Martian weather around it and the soil beneath it, as its controllers prepare for the car-size vehicle's first drive on Mars.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Studies Mars Surroundings, Nears Drive' Read More
Feature
read the article 'First Words of Safe Landing on Mars - Tango Delta Nominal'
August 21, 2012

The entry, descent and landing of NASA's new Mars rover was full of unknowns - including when was the right time to declare Curiosity safe and sound on the surface.
read the article 'First Words of Safe Landing on Mars - Tango Delta Nominal' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New Insight on Mars Expected From New NASA Mission'
August 20, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On Aug. 20, NASA announced the selection of InSight, a new Discovery-class mission that will probe Mars at new depths looking into the deep interior of Mars.
read the article 'New Insight on Mars Expected From New NASA Mission' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Stretches its Arm'
August 20, 2012

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity flexed its robotic arm today for the first time since before launch in November 2011.
read the article 'Curiosity Stretches its Arm' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New NASA Mission To take First Look Deep Inside Mars'
August 20, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of our solar system's rocky planets.
read the article 'New NASA Mission To take First Look Deep Inside Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Rover's Laser Instrument Zaps First Martian Rock'
August 19, 2012

Today, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity fired its laser for the first time on Mars, using the beam from a science instrument to interrogate a fist-size rock called "Coronation."
read the article 'Rover's Laser Instrument Zaps First Martian Rock' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Curiosity Rover Media Events Schedule'
August 19, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host several media teleconferences and/or news conferences to provide Curiosity rover mission updates in the coming weeks.
read the article 'NASA Announces Curiosity Rover Media Events Schedule' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Team Pinpoints Site For First Drive'
August 17, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The scientists and engineers of NASA's Curiosity rover mission have selected the first driving destination for their one-ton, six-wheeled mobile Mars laboratory.
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Team Pinpoints Site For First Drive' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA To Host Curiosity Rover Teleconference Aug. 17'
August 16, 2012

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT), Friday, Aug. 17, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA To Host Curiosity Rover Teleconference Aug. 17' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Orbiter Views NASA's New Mars Rover In Color'
August 14, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first color image taken from orbit showing NASA's rover Curiosity on Mars includes details of the layered bedrock on the floor of Gale Crater that the rover is beginning to investigate.
read the article 'Orbiter Views NASA's New Mars Rover In Color' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Curiosity Rover Progess'
August 13, 2012

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Curiosity Rover Progess' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Team Hears From President Obama'
August 13, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

President Barack Obama will congratulate members of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) this morning.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Team Hears From President Obama' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Sends High-Resolution Color Images from Gale Crater'
August 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover has returned high-resolution color images of its surroundings on Mars that reveal a landscape not unlike portions of the southwestern United States.
read the article 'Curiosity Sends High-Resolution Color Images from Gale Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Preps for a Planned 'Brain Transplant''
August 10, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Preparations continue for Curiosity's surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Preps for a Planned 'Brain Transplant'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Mars Rover Installing Smarts For Driving'
August 10, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will spend its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm.
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Mars Rover Installing Smarts For Driving' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Reveals its First 'Living Color' Mars Surface Panorama'
August 9, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Reveals its First 'Living Color' Mars Surface Panorama' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing'
August 9, 2012

The following data were compiled by Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It provides a timeline of critical mission events that occurred on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early on Aug. 6 EDT).
read the article 'Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Beams Back A Color 360 of Gale Crater'
August 9, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera, or Mastcam, have been received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Beams Back A Color 360 of Gale Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'First 360-Degree Panorama From NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover'
August 9, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars.
read the article 'First 360-Degree Panorama From NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Continues Checking Herself Out; Takes Self Portrait'
August 8, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Continues Checking Herself Out; Takes Self Portrait' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Gets More Looks at its Surroundings; Health Checks Continue'
August 7, 2012

Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Gets More Looks at its Surroundings; Health Checks Continue' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Lanscape Additions'
August 7, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Late Monday night, an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its seven-minute ordeal from space to its present location in Mars’ Gale Crater.
read the article 'Orbiter Images NASA's Martian Lanscape Additions' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Safely on Mars! Health Checks Begin'
August 6, 2012

Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Safely on Mars! Health Checks Begin' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New Mars Rover Beams Back Images Showing Its Descent'
August 6, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Earlier today, just hours after NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a select group of images taken by the onboard Mars Descent Imager, or MARDI, were beamed back to Earth.
read the article 'New Mars Rover Beams Back Images Showing Its Descent' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Caught in the Act Landing'
August 6, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide (almost 16 meter) parachute as it descended towards its landing site at Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Caught in the Act Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Rover Sends Higher-Resolution Image'
August 6, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA's Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Rover Sends Higher-Resolution Image' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain'
August 6, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
read the article 'NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MSL Landing Milestones:'
August 6, 2012

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory carrying the Curiosity rover has separated from the cruise stage that carried it from Earth to the Red Planet.
read the article 'MSL Landing Milestones:' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Set for Mars Landing Tonight'
August 5, 2012

Its approximately 352 million mile (567 million kilometer), 36-week journey from Earth nearly complete, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are "all systems go" for touchdown in Mars' Gale Crater tonight at 10:31 p.m. PDT (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6).
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Set for Mars Landing Tonight' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Just Hours from Mars Landing'
August 5, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is healthy and right on course for a landing in several hours that will be one of the most difficult feats of robotic exploration ever attempted.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Just Hours from Mars Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Explore A Room With a Mars View'
August 4, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On the evening of Sunday, Aug. 5, the focal point of Martian activity here on Earth will be located in the Mission Support Area in Building 230 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. From this facility will come news of the progress of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover's landing. Visit an interactive page at http://bit.ly/mslmsa to explore the room a bit further and get a who's who of team members - as well as the history of one dry-roasted room essential.
read the article 'Explore A Room With a Mars View' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Closes in on its New 'Home''
August 4, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Closes in on its New 'Home'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Tugging on Approaching NASA Rover Curiosity'
August 4, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The gravitational tug of Mars is now pulling NASA's car-size geochemistry laboratory, Curiosity, in for a suspenseful landing in less than 40 hours.
read the article 'Mars Tugging on Approaching NASA Rover Curiosity' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Right on Course - TCM-5 Cancelled'
August 3, 2012

With less than three days to go before touchdown on the Red Planet, Curiosity remains in good health, with all systems operating as expected.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Right on Course - TCM-5 Cancelled' Read More
Feature
read the article 'What to Expect When Curiosity Starts Snapping Pictures'
August 3, 2012

Unlike a group of tourists just arriving on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover will take a more careful approach to snapping its first images.
read the article 'What to Expect When Curiosity Starts Snapping Pictures' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Remains on Track for Weekend Landing'
August 2, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Remains on Track for Weekend Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Social Media Events Across Seven Agency Field Centers'
August 2, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's social media followers at seven field centers around the nation will virtually come together at a NASA Social on Friday, Aug. 3, to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's (MSL) Curiosity rover on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
read the article 'NASA Hosts Social Media Events Across Seven Agency Field Centers' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Newest NASA Mars Mission Connects Past and Future'
August 2, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's newest Mars mission, landing in three days, will draw on support from missions sent to Mars years ago and will contribute to missions envisioned for future decades.
read the article 'Newest NASA Mars Mission Connects Past and Future' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Further Preps for Entry, Descent and Landing'
August 1, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Further Preps for Entry, Descent and Landing' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Entry, Descent and Landing Timeline Activated'
July 31, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Entry, Descent and Landing Timeline Activated' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA Announces News Activities For Mars Landing'
July 30, 2012

The public is invited to tune in for a series of news briefings from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for the upcoming landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Announces News Activities For Mars Landing' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Entry, Descent and Landing Procedure Begins'
July 30, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Entry, Descent and Landing Procedure Begins' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Landing Sky Show'
July 29, 2012

Every time NASA lands a rover on Mars--or even makes the attempt--it is cause for celebration. On August 5th, the heavens themselves are aligning to mark the event.
read the article 'Mars Landing Sky Show' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Course Maneuver Successful; MSL Begins Final Approach'
July 29, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Course Maneuver Successful; MSL Begins Final Approach' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing'
July 28, 2012

Eight days before reaching Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft performed a flight-path adjustment scheduled more than nine months ago.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Set to Begin Final Approach'
July 28, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Set to Begin Final Approach' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Telemetry Monitoring, Trajectory Tracking Continue'
July 27, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Telemetry Monitoring, Trajectory Tracking Continue' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Configured for Final Approach; Flight Team Takes a Breath'
July 26, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Configured for Final Approach; Flight Team Takes a Breath' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL's Terminal Descent Radar System Gets a Checkout'
July 25, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL's Terminal Descent Radar System Gets a Checkout' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Repositioned to Phone Mars Landing'
July 25, 2012

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted its orbital location to be in a better position to provide prompt confirmation of the August landing of the Curiosity rover.
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Repositioned to Phone Mars Landing' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity's Batteries Get a Charge'
July 24, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity's Batteries Get a Charge' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Prepping MSL's Descent Stage Navigation System for Landing'
July 23, 2012

Preparations continue for Curiosity's entry, descent and landing and surface operations.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Prepping MSL's Descent Stage Navigation System for Landing' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Trajectory Tracking Continues'
July 22, 2012

Engineers at NASA's Deep Space Network continue to run differential ranging track passes to track Mars Science Laboratory's trajectory.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Trajectory Tracking Continues' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Getting a Better Bead on Trajectory'
July 21, 2012

Today, engineers at NASA's Deep Space Network are running two differential ranging track passes to track Mars Science Laboratory's trajectory.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Getting a Better Bead on Trajectory' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Completes Week of Onboard Computer Preps'
July 20, 2012

As of yesterday evening, the week-long reboot and configuration activities on Curiosity's two redundant main computers, or Rover Compute Elements.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Completes Week of Onboard Computer Preps' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: More Computer Preps for Curiosity'
July 19, 2012

With updated flight sequences and communications parameters for entry, descent and landing and surface operations now uploaded to one of Curiosity's two redundant main computers.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: More Computer Preps for Curiosity' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Continues Computer Preps, Gets 'Attitude Adjustment''
July 18, 2012

Activities continue to prepare Curiosity's redundant main computers, or Rover Compute Elements, for arrival at Mars.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Continues Computer Preps, Gets 'Attitude Adjustment'' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Swaps Computers, Gets Updated Arrival Data'
July 17, 2012

Activities continue through July 20 to prepare Curiosity’s redundant main computers, or Rover Compute Elements, for arrival at Mars.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Swaps Computers, Gets Updated Arrival Data' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Computer Preps for Arrival'
July 16, 2012

Beginning today, Curiosity's redundant main computers, or Rover Compute Elements, will be power-cycled while in the online, or backup mode.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Curiosity Computer Preps for Arrival' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Follow Your Curiosity: Some New Ways to Explore Mars'
July 16, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A "virtual rover experience" and a body-action video game are among the options for public participation in NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.
read the article 'Follow Your Curiosity: Some New Ways to Explore Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Car-Sized Rover Nears Daring Landing On Mars'
July 16, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work.
read the article 'NASA's Car-Sized Rover Nears Daring Landing On Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Orbiter Enters, Then Exits, Standby Safe Mode'
July 13, 2012

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter experienced about 21 hours in a reduced-activity precautionary status ending at about 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, July 12.
read the article 'Orbiter Enters, Then Exits, Standby Safe Mode' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Radiation Instrument Finishes Inflight Measurements'
July 13, 2012

The Radiation Assessment Detector instrument on Curiosity has finished the measurements it had been making during its flight from Earth to Mars.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: Radiation Instrument Finishes Inflight Measurements' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Team Has Final Test of Landing Procedures'
July 12, 2012

Today, the Mars Science Laboratory flight team is conducting a final operations readiness test of entry, descent and landing procedures in preparation for Curiosity's landing on Aug. 5, PDT.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Team Has Final Test of Landing Procedures' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA 3-D App Gives Public Ability To Experience Robotic Space Travel'
July 11, 2012

A NASA-created application that brings some of the agency's robotic spacecraft to life in 3-D now is available for free on the iPhone and iPad.
read the article 'NASA 3-D App Gives Public Ability To Experience Robotic Space Travel' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Complete Turn'
July 11, 2012

The Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft completed an attitude control turn today, adjusting its orientation for keeping its medium-gain antenna pointed toward Earth for communications.
read the article 'Curiosity's Daily Update: MSL Complete Turn' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA News Conference To Preview August Mars Rover Landing'
July 11, 2012

NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 16, to discuss the upcoming August landing of the most advanced robot ever sent to another world.
read the article 'NASA News Conference To Preview August Mars Rover Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Panorama: Next Best Thing to Being There'
July 5, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A 360-degree view combining 817 separate images displays features that surrounded NASA's Mars rover Opportunity during a four-month winter work campaign.
read the article 'Mars Panorama: Next Best Thing to Being There' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Fireworks Over Mars: The Spirit of 76 Pyrotechnics'
July 2, 2012

Seventy-six pyrotechnic devices must fire on time during the descent of Mars Science Laboratory to the Martian surface on August 5.
read the article 'Fireworks Over Mars: The Spirit of 76 Pyrotechnics' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Longest-Lived Mars Orbiter Is Back in Service'
June 27, 2012

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has resumed its science observations and its role as a Mars rover's relay, thanks to a spare part that had been waiting 11 years to be put to use.
read the article 'Longest-Lived Mars Orbiter Is Back in Service' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing'
June 26, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A maneuver on Tuesday adjusted the flight path of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft for delivering the rover Curiosity to a landing target beside a Martian mountain.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Orbiter Out of Precautionary 'Safe Mode''
June 19, 2012

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has been taken out of a protective status called safe mode.
read the article 'Orbiter Out of Precautionary 'Safe Mode'' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Test of Spare Wheel Puts Orbiter on Path to Recovery'
June 14, 2012

In a step toward returning NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter to full service, mission controllers have tested a spare reaction wheel on the spacecraft for potential use with two other reaction wheels in adjusting and maintaining the spacecraft's orientation.
read the article 'Test of Spare Wheel Puts Orbiter on Path to Recovery' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Team Aims For Landing Closer To Prime Science Site'
June 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Team Aims For Landing Closer To Prime Science Site' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Orbiter Puts Itself into Standby Safe Mode'
June 8, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter put itself into a precautionary standby status early Friday, June 8, Universal Time (Thursday evening, Pacific Time), when the spacecraft detected unexpected characteristics in movement of one of its reaction wheels.
read the article 'Orbiter Puts Itself into Standby Safe Mode' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Rover En Route To Mars Landing'
June 7, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on June 11, to provide a status update on the Aug. 5, 2012, landing of the most advanced rover ever to be sent to Mars.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference About Rover En Route To Mars Landing' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Mars Landing Event'
June 5, 2012

NASA will host a 3-day NASA Social for 25 of its social media followers Aug. 3-5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Social is scheduled to culminate in the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover at Mars' Gale crater. The landing is anticipated at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6).
read the article 'NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Mars Landing Event' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Dark Shadows on Mars: Scene from Durable NASA Rover'
May 22, 2012

Late-afternoon shadows add punch to a vista of Endeavour Crater on Mars from NASA's Opportunity rover.
read the article 'Dark Shadows on Mars: Scene from Durable NASA Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Goddard Delivers Magnetometers for NASA's Next Mission to Mars'
May 21, 2012

agnetometers built by scientists and engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for NASA's Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission have been delivered to the University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory for integration into the Particles and Field Package.
read the article 'NASA Goddard Delivers Magnetometers for NASA's Next Mission to Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mojave Desert Tests Prepare for NASA Mars Roving'
May 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers ran rover-mobility tests on California sand dunes this week in preparation for operating NASA's Curiosity rover after it lands in Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'Mojave Desert Tests Prepare for NASA Mars Roving' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Opportunity Rolling Again After Fifth Mars Winter'
May 9, 2012

With its daily supply of solar energy increasing, NASA's durable Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven off the sunward-tilted outcrop, called Greeley Haven, where it worked during its fifth Martian winter.
read the article 'Opportunity Rolling Again After Fifth Mars Winter' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Detects Changes in Martian Sand Dunes'
May 9, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed that movement in sand dune fields on the Red Planet occurs on a surprisingly large scale, about the same as in dune fields on Earth.
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Detects Changes in Martian Sand Dunes' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Paydirt At 8-Year-Old Mars Rover's 'New Landing Site''
May 3, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A crater NASA's Mars rover Opportunity drove for years to reach is paying off with evidence about wet environments older than any recorded at sites the rover has seen before.
read the article 'Paydirt At 8-Year-Old Mars Rover's 'New Landing Site'' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Peekaboo! Curiosity's Hand Lens Camera Snaps Picture'
May 3, 2012

What's it like inside Curiosity's cruise vehicle? Well, it's a bit dark but the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the rover arm has a built-in LED light or flashlight, used to light up the dark space inside the cruise vehicle and aeroshell to take this full-color test image.
read the article 'Peekaboo! Curiosity's Hand Lens Camera Snaps Picture' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Field Trip!'
May 1, 2012

A group of journalists take part in a field trip to learn about clues hidden in the rock layers with Curiosity Project Scientist, John Grotzinger.
read the article 'Field Trip!' Read More
Feature
read the article '100 Days and Counting to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing'
April 27, 2012

At 10:31 p.m. PDT today, April 27, (1:31 p.m. EDT), NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, carrying the one-ton Curiosity rover, will be within 100 days from its appointment with the Martian surface.
read the article '100 Days and Counting to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing' Read More
Feature
read the article '12-Mile-High Martian Dust Devil Caught in Act'
April 4, 2012

A Martian dust devil roughly 12 miles high (20 kilometers) was captured whirling its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14.
read the article '12-Mile-High Martian Dust Devil Caught in Act' Read More
Feature
read the article ''Mount Sharp' On Mars Links Geology's Past And Future'
March 28, 2012

A stack of geological chapters in the history book of Mars has attracted NASA's big new rover and takes an informal name from a geologist with early Mars missions.
read the article ''Mount Sharp' On Mars Links Geology's Past And Future' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars-Bound NASA Craft Adjusts Path, Tests Instruments'
March 26, 2012

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, halfway to Mars, adjusted its flight path today for delivery of the one-ton rover Curiosity to the surface of Mars in August.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Catches Twister In Action'
March 7, 2012

A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in a new image from the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Press Release
read the article 'Camera On NASA Mars Odyssey Tops Decade Of Discovery'
February 29, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey, the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, has now been sending home images for 10 years.
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Feature
read the article 'Curiosity, The Stunt Double'
February 24, 2012

With a pair of bug-eyes swiveling on a stalk nearly 8 feet off the ground, the 6-wheeled, 1800-lb Mars rover Curiosity doesn't look much like a human being. Yet, right now, the mini-Cooper-sized rover is playing the role of stunt double for NASA astronauts.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Dusty Mars Rover's Self-Portrait'
February 17, 2012

This self-portait from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows dust accumulation on the rover's solar panels as the mission approached its fifth Martian winter. The dust reduces the rover's power supply, and the rover's mobility is limited until the winter is over or wind cleans the panels.
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Status Report
read the article 'Spacecraft Computer Issue Resolved'
February 9, 2012

Engineers have found the root cause of a computer reset that occurred two months ago on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and have determined how to correct it.
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Press Release
read the article 'New Views Show Old NASA Mars Landers'
February 8, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New color images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the agency's 2008 Phoenix Mars Lander and the lander that carried its rover Spirit to Mars in 2004.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars-Bound NASA Rover Carries Coin For Camera Checkup'
February 7, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

At least one object in photos NASA's Curiosity rover will transmit from Mars later this year will look familiar to all Americans: a Lincoln penny sent as a camera reference.
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Feature
read the article 'Mars-Bound Instrument Detects Solar Burst's Effects'
January 27, 2012

This week's solar storm is giving a NASA Mars-bound spacecraft a chance to gauge how such events would affect radiation exposure of future astronauts flying to Mars.
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Feature
read the article 'Photo from NASA Mars Orbiter Shows Wind's Handiwork'
January 25, 2012

Martian dunes and sand ripples of mixed shapes and sizes form a striking pattern in a recent image from the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Feature
read the article 'Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work'
January 24, 2012

On the eighth anniversary of starting to explore Mars, NASA's rover Opportunity remains busy with new investigations.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report'
January 11, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft successfully refined its flight path Wednesday with the biggest maneuver planned for the mission's journey between Earth and Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report'
January 6, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars.
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Press Release
read the article ''Greeley Haven' Is Winter Workplace for Mars Rover'
January 5, 2012
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers plan to keep NASA's Opportunity rover busy through Martian winter at a sun-facing site, "Greeley Haven," where a study of the planet's core has begun.
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