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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
read the article 'From 'Bathurst Inlet' to 'Rocknest'' Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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.
read the article 'Mars-Bound NASA Craft Adjusts Path, Tests Instruments' Read More
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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.
read the article 'Spacecraft Computer Issue Resolved' Read More

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