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Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Team Upgrades Software, Checks Wheel Wear'
December 20, 2013

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed a software upgrade on the vehicle and is next planning a check of wear and tear on the rover's wheels.
read the article 'Curiosity Team Upgrades Software, Checks Wheel Wear' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'JPL To Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology'
December 17, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A giant crane towering above JPL will help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.
read the article 'JPL To Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'On Location for Work During Holidays'
December 17, 2013

Opportunity is up on 'Solander Point' at the rim of Endeavour Crater.
read the article 'On Location for Work During Holidays' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Communications Slow, But Expected to Return to Normal This Week'
December 16, 2013

The rover is maintaining favorable northerly tilts for improved energy production.
read the article 'Communications Slow, But Expected to Return to Normal This Week' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Reveals a More Dynamic Red Planet'
December 10, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings -- possibly due to salty water - that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.
read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Reveals a More Dynamic Red Planet' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Televised News Briefing: Dynamic Mars Over Time'
December 10, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Live Ustream Webcast: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. PST, on results from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.
read the article 'Televised News Briefing: Dynamic Mars Over Time' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help'
December 9, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.
read the article 'NASA Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Team Conducts Wheel Checkouts'
December 6, 2013

Opportunity is ascending 'Solander Point' at the rim of 'Endeavour Crater.'
read the article 'Team Conducts Wheel Checkouts' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Televised News Briefing: Results from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity'
December 5, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Live Ustream Webcast: Monday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. PST. NASA Mars rover Curiosity is examining evidence about ancient Martian environmental conditions that were favorable for microbial life.
read the article 'Televised News Briefing: Results from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Laser Instrument on NASA Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps'
December 5, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Since landing on Mars 16 months ago, NASA's Curiosity rover has fired its French-made laser more than 100,000 times to investigate the composition of rocks or soil targets.
read the article 'Laser Instrument on NASA Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Goddard Planetary Instruments Score a Hat Trick'
December 5, 2013

Planetary instruments from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., hit the trifecta on Dec. 4, running three experiments of the same kind at different places in space.
read the article 'Goddard Planetary Instruments Score a Hat Trick' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Dec. 5, 2013'
December 5, 2013

All MAVEN instrument sub-systems have been tested and are performing as expected.
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Dec. 5, 2013' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 4, 2013'
December 4, 2013

The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass (NGIMS) initial activation occurred at approximately 10:18 a.m. EST this morning.
read the article 'MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 4, 2013' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 3, 2013'
December 3, 2013

MAVEN mission controllers performed a successful trajectory correction maneuver, also known as a TCM. Post-maneuver data review shows that TCM-1 went according to plan.
read the article 'MAVEN: Status Update: Dec. 3, 2013' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Robotic Arm Within Reach of Rock Outcrop'
December 2, 2013

Opportunity is ascending 'Solander Point' at the rim of 'Endeavour Crater.'
read the article 'Robotic Arm Within Reach of Rock Outcrop' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Resumes Science After Analysis of Voltage Issue'
November 25, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed full science operations on Saturday, Nov. 23.
read the article 'Curiosity Resumes Science After Analysis of Voltage Issue' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Winter Means Less Power for Solar Panels'
November 22, 2013

Opportunity is ascending 'Solander Point' at the rim of 'Endeavour Crater.' The rover is maintaining favorable northerly tilts for improved energy production.
read the article 'Winter Means Less Power for Solar Panels' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Rover Team Working to Diagnose Electrical Issue'
November 20, 2013

Science observations by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have been suspended for a few days while engineers run tests to check possible causes of a voltage change detected on Nov. 17.
read the article 'Rover Team Working to Diagnose Electrical Issue' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mission Managers Hail Successful MAVEN Launch'
November 19, 2013
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission began with a smooth countdown and flawless launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.
read the article 'Mission Managers Hail Successful MAVEN Launch' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Launches Mission to Study Upper Atmosphere of Mars'
November 18, 2013
Source: NASA/GSFC/KSC

A NASA mission that will investigate how Mars lost its atmosphere and abundant liquid water launched into space at 1:28 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
read the article 'NASA Launches Mission to Study Upper Atmosphere of Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Launch Updates'
November 18, 2013

View MAVEN launch updates here!
read the article 'MAVEN Launch Updates' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Centaur Begins Second Burn'
November 18, 2013

The Centaur upper stage has restarted its RL-10A-4-2 engine, ending the coast phase and ensuring NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is placed on its path to Mars.
read the article 'Centaur Begins Second Burn' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN, Centaur Enter Coast Phase'
November 18, 2013

Flight of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft continues to go well following an on-time launch at 1:28 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
read the article 'MAVEN, Centaur Enter Coast Phase' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Lifts Off to Mars'
November 18, 2013

Liftoff! NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars is beginning with a spectacular launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
read the article 'MAVEN Lifts Off to Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Atlas V Rocket Fully Fueled Ahead of MAVEN Launch'
November 18, 2013

At T-25 minutes, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 is fully fueled and ready to launch NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. Liftoff is planned for the opening of a two-hour window at 1:28 p.m. EST.
read the article 'Atlas V Rocket Fully Fueled Ahead of MAVEN Launch' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Atlas Liquid Oxygen Loading Under Way'
November 18, 2013

The countdown to liftoff of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket continues to progress smoothly.
read the article 'Atlas Liquid Oxygen Loading Under Way' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Launch Countdown Resumes'
November 18, 2013

Prelaunch activities are well under way at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where NASA's MAVEN spacecraft and its ride into space, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, are being readied for liftoff at 1:28 p.m. EST.
read the article 'MAVEN Launch Countdown Resumes' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Countdown Enters 30-Minute Built-in Hold'
November 18, 2013

Countdown clocks across Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have paused as planned for a 30-minute hold at the T-2 hour mark.
read the article 'Countdown Enters 30-Minute Built-in Hold' Read More
Feature
read the article 'LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN’s Story in a New NASA PSA'
November 15, 2013

Actor LeVar Burton has been a lifelong advocate of education through his many STEM initiatives and participation in educational programming. As NASA prepares for next week’s launch of the agency’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), actor LeVar Burton shares the excitement of the mission in a new NASA public service announcement (PSA).
read the article 'LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN’s Story in a New NASA PSA' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mission Manager a Modern Mr. Fix-it'
November 15, 2013

Chuck Tatro has always been an engineer at heart. Now he's about to see nearly seven years' worth of engineering effort take off for Mars.
read the article 'Mission Manager a Modern Mr. Fix-it' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Administrator to View Orion Spacecraft and MAVEN Launch Preparations'
November 14, 2013
Source: NASA/KSC

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will view the latest progress on NASA's Orion spacecraft and launch preparations for the next Mars mission at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, Nov. 17.
read the article 'NASA Administrator to View Orion Spacecraft and MAVEN Launch Preparations' Read More
Feature
read the article 'MAVEN Seeks to Solve Another Mars Riddle'
November 14, 2013

NASA's next Mars explorer soon will leave Earth on a mission to answer one of the Red Planet's greatest conundrums: If our arid celestial neighbor once had a thicker atmosphere and a surface flowing with water, as evidence suggests, how did the climate change so dramatically?
read the article 'MAVEN Seeks to Solve Another Mars Riddle' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Powered On Ahead of Launch'
November 14, 2013

Controllers turned on the MAVEN spacecraft today as the spacecraft and the Atlas V rocket that will send it to Mars continue on track for launch Monday at 1:28 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
read the article 'MAVEN Powered On Ahead of Launch' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Teams Dub Sites In Memory of Bruce Murray'
November 13, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Features on Mars important to the missions of NASA's two active Mars rovers are now called "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of influential planetary scientist Bruce Murray (1931-2013).
read the article 'Mars Rover Teams Dub Sites In Memory of Bruce Murray' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Video Illustrates MAVEN Mission's Investigation of a Lost Mars'
November 13, 2013

NASA has prepared a new video to illustrate its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission's investigation of dramatic climate change on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Video Illustrates MAVEN Mission's Investigation of a Lost Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Review Verifies MAVEN, Atlas V and Eastern Range Ready for Launch'
November 13, 2013

The Flight Readiness Review was successfully held today at Kennedy Space Center for the launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA's MAVEN spacecraft bound for Mars.
read the article 'Review Verifies MAVEN, Atlas V and Eastern Range Ready for Launch' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN and Atlas V Pass Integrated Systems Test'
November 13, 2013

Yesterday the MAVEN spacecraft, operating in unison with its United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle, passed a critical electrical test called the Integrated Systems Test.
read the article 'MAVEN and Atlas V Pass Integrated Systems Test' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery'
November 12, 2013
Source: Science@NASA

Billions of years ago when the planets of our solar system were still young, Mars was a very different world.
read the article 'What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels'
November 12, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission launches in November to study why the Red Planet is losing its atmosphere, one of its instruments will look to electrically charged particles called electrons for answers.
read the article 'MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Out of Safe Mode'
November 12, 2013

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday (Nov. 10) that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode.
read the article 'Curiosity Out of Safe Mode' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN Briefings and Events'
November 8, 2013
Source: Kennedy Space Center

NASA's next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutionN, or MAVEN, is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket Nov. 18.
read the article 'MAVEN Briefings and Events' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Prolific NASA Mars Orbiter Passes Big Data Milestone'
November 8, 2013

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has overhauled understanding of the Red Planet since 2006, has now returned more than 200 trillion bits of data.
read the article 'Prolific NASA Mars Orbiter Passes Big Data Milestone' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Performs Warm Reset'
November 8, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity experienced an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) yesterday (11/7/13) during a communications pass as it was sending engineering and science data to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, for later downlinking to Earth.
read the article 'Curiosity Performs Warm Reset' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN's Rollout to Launch Complex Rescheduled; Launch Date Unchanged'
November 7, 2013
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

During testing at Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a leak was discovered in a ground system gaseous purge line required for the MAVEN spacecraft.
read the article 'MAVEN's Rollout to Launch Complex Rescheduled; Launch Date Unchanged' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Rare New Microbe Found in Two Distant Clean Rooms'
November 6, 2013

A newly discovered microbe that survives on very little to eat has been found in only two places on Earth: spacecraft clean rooms in Florida and South America.
read the article 'Rare New Microbe Found in Two Distant Clean Rooms' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'What MAVEN Would See on Mars on Halloween'
October 31, 2013
Source: NASA/Goddard

The sun has emitted many coronal mass ejections in the week leading up to Oct. 31, 2013, which merged together over time to pass Mars.
read the article 'What MAVEN Would See on Mars on Halloween' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Cooperstown''
October 29, 2013

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has batted 1,000 with its new technique for covering ground faster -- two-day drives, reaching a viewpoint for choosing its next target.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Cooperstown'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Prepares to Launch First Mission to Explore Martian Upper Atmosphere'
October 28, 2013
Source: NASA/Goddard

A NASA spacecraft that will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail is undergoing final preparations for a scheduled 1:28 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
read the article 'NASA Prepares to Launch First Mission to Explore Martian Upper Atmosphere' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts NASA TV News Briefing on Upcoming Mars Mission'
October 23, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 28, to discuss the upcoming launch of the agency's next mission to Mars and the first devoted to understanding the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Hosts NASA TV News Briefing on Upcoming Mars Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Heads Uphill'
October 23, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover has begun climbing "Solander Point," the northern tip of the tallest hill it has encountered in the mission's nearly 10 Earth years on Mars.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Heads Uphill' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Rover Confirms Mars Origin of Some Meteorites'
October 17, 2013

Findings from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover confirm that some meteorites on Earth really came from the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Rover Confirms Mars Origin of Some Meteorites' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'First HiRISE Images of Comet ISON'
September 29, 2013
Source: University of Arizona

On 29 September 2013, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) maneuvered to point its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera at ISON, a new comet passing by Mars on its way into the inner Solar System.
read the article 'First HiRISE Images of Comet ISON' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Wants Investigations for a Mars 2020 Rover'
September 27, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA is soliciting proposals for instruments to fly on the next Mars rover.
read the article 'NASA Wants Investigations for a Mars 2020 Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Science Gains From Diverse Landing Area of Curiosity'
September 26, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere.
read the article 'Science Gains From Diverse Landing Area of Curiosity' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Rover Inspects Pebbly Rocks at Martian Waypoint'
September 23, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, currently en route to the layered slopes of Mount Sharp, has finished a pause it took for close-up studies of rocks with wet histories.
read the article 'NASA Rover Inspects Pebbly Rocks at Martian Waypoint' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Communications Tests Go the Distance for MAVEN'
September 20, 2013
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

It's not easy to simulate millions of miles electronically, but that's what engineers did recently as they tested the all-important communications system the MAVEN spacecraft will use to relay its study results from Mars orbit to Earth-bound researchers.
read the article 'Communications Tests Go the Distance for MAVEN' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane On Mars'
September 19, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane.
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane On Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Social Media Event at MAVEN Launch in Florida'
September 17, 2013
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

NASA will give 150 of its social media followers an insider's look at America's space program and the opportunity to see a launch in person.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Social Media Event at MAVEN Launch in Florida' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Long Drive Puts NASA Mars Rover Near Planned Waypoint'
September 10, 2013

After its longest drive yet, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has reached an overlook with a view of exposed bedrock it will study close-up for a few days.
read the article 'Long Drive Puts NASA Mars Rover Near Planned Waypoint' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN Paces Through Prelaunch Prep'
September 6, 2013
Source: NASA/Kennedy Space Center

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, better known as MAVEN, is slated for launch Nov. 18 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
read the article 'MAVEN Paces Through Prelaunch Prep' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Evaluates Four Candidate Sites for 2016 Mars Mission'
August 29, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency's next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet's interior.
read the article 'NASA Evaluates Four Candidate Sites for 2016 Mars Mission' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos'
August 28, 2013

New images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show a Martian moon, Phobos, fully silhouetted in front of the sun.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation'
August 27, 2013

For the first time, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has used autonomous navigation, which enables it to cover more distance during each drive on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Gets Movie As A Mars Moon Passes Another'
August 15, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
read the article 'NASA Rover Gets Movie As A Mars Moon Passes Another' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Watch Live Talk Online: Mars Curiosity, Year One'
August 14, 2013

Join us online for a live public talk from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT) about the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars.
read the article 'Watch Live Talk Online: Mars Curiosity, Year One' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Working at Edge of 'Solander''
August 14, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is studying the area of contact between a rock layer formed in acidic wet conditions long ago and an even older one that may be from a more neutral wet environment.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Working at Edge of 'Solander'' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Swapping Motion-Sensing Units'
August 14, 2013

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is switching from one motion-sensing device to a duplicate unit onboard.
read the article 'Swapping Motion-Sensing Units' Read More
Feature
read the article 'JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software'
August 12, 2013

JPL engineers collaborate with NASA Dryden on tests of spacecraft landing technology using Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket.
read the article 'JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Haiku Selected To Be Carried On Next NASA Mars Mission'
August 8, 2013
Source: University of Colorado, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission scheduled to launch in November, will carry over 1,100 personal three-line poems, or haiku.
read the article 'Haiku Selected To Be Carried On Next NASA Mars Mission' Read More
Feature
read the article 'MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin'
August 8, 2013

MAVEN's approach to Mars studies will be quite different from that taken by recent probes dispatched to the Red Planet.
read the article 'MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Landing: Relive the Excitement'
August 6, 2013

Where were you when Curiosity landed? It's a hot topic of discussion in the hallways of JPL and on social media this week, as people remember the dramatic, tension-filled landing of NASA's Curiosity rover and its Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT).
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Landing: Relive the Excitement' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Begins Launch Preparations for Next Mars Mission'
August 5, 2013
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is now perched in a cleanroom to begin final preparations for its November launch.
read the article 'NASA Begins Launch Preparations for Next Mars Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars'
August 2, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars next week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Gleams in View from Orbiter'
July 24, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A recent image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and the wheel tracks starting at its landing site.
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Gleams in View from Orbiter' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars'
July 23, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove twice as far on July 21 as on any other day of the mission so far.
read the article 'Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN Spectrometer Opens Window to Red Planet's Past'
July 18, 2013
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

When NASA's MAVEN mission begins its journey to the Red Planet later this year, it will be equipped with a special instrument to take the planet back in time.
read the article 'MAVEN Spectrometer Opens Window to Red Planet's Past' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past'
July 18, 2013

A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere's composition by NASA's Curiosity rover, providing evidence about loss of much of Mars' original atmosphere.
read the article 'Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Overhead View of Mars Rover 10 Years After Launch'
July 17, 2013

An image from Mars orbit taken 10 years after the launch of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the long-lived rover on its trek to a new destination on Mars.
read the article 'Overhead View of Mars Rover 10 Years After Launch' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Evidence for a Martian Ocean'
July 17, 2013

Researchers have discovered evidence for an ancient delta on Mars where a river might once have emptied into a vast ocean.
read the article 'Evidence for a Martian Ocean' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving'
July 16, 2013

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer.
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Third Drive of Curiosity's Long Trek Covers 135 Feet'
July 11, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet (41 meters) on Tuesday, July 9, the third drive in a journey of many months from the "Glenelg" area to Mount Sharp.
read the article 'Third Drive of Curiosity's Long Trek Covers 135 Feet' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Science Team Outlines Goals For NASA's 2020 Mars Rover'
July 9, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency.
read the article 'Science Team Outlines Goals For NASA's 2020 Mars Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Discusses Mars 2020 Plans In July 9 Teleconference'
July 8, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, July 9 to provide details about a report that will help define science objectives for the agency's next Mars rover.
read the article 'NASA Discusses Mars 2020 Plans In July 9 Teleconference' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Trek Toward Mount Sharp'
July 8, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun a long trek toward Mount Sharp, leaving behind an area where it already accomplished its major science objective.
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Trek Toward Mount Sharp' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Passes Half-Way Point to Next Destination'
July 2, 2013

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven more than half of the distance needed to get from a site where it spent 22 months to its next destination.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Passes Half-Way Point to Next Destination' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Winners of 2012 George M. Low Award'
June 21, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA's premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award.
read the article 'NASA Announces Winners of 2012 George M. Low Award' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover'
June 19, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great detail.
read the article 'Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Educational Film Wins Regional Emmy'
June 19, 2013

A Virginia school district wins an Emmy for "Flight School: On the Red Planet," an educational video for middle-school students to learn more about Mars exploration, the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
read the article 'Mars Educational Film Wins Regional Emmy' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Water-Ice Clouds Are Key To Odd Thermal Rhythm'
June 12, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found that temperatures in the Martian atmosphere regularly rise and fall not just once each day, but twice.
read the article 'Mars Water-Ice Clouds Are Key To Odd Thermal Rhythm' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Marks On Martian Dunes May Be Tracks Of Dry-Ice Sleds'
June 11, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go.
read the article 'Marks On Martian Dunes May Be Tracks Of Dry-Ice Sleds' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers'
June 7, 2013

Approaching its 10th anniversary of leaving EarthNASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is on the move again, trekking to a new study area still many weeks away.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA To Host June 7 Mars Rover Opportunity Teleconference'
June 6, 2013

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on Friday, June 7, to provide an update about the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The 10th anniversary of this rover's launch is next month.
read the article 'NASA To Host June 7 Mars Rover Opportunity Teleconference' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Nears Turning Point'
June 5, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Curiosity is finishing investigations in an area smaller than a football field where it has been working for six months, and it will soon shift to a distance-driving mode headed for an area about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, at the base of Mount Sharp.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Nears Turning Point' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA to Host June 5 Teleconference on Curiosity Mars Rover'
June 4, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), Wednesday, June 5 to provide an update about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and activities of the Curiosity rover.
read the article 'NASA to Host June 5 Teleconference on Curiosity Mars Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Data From NASA Rover's Voyage To Mars Aids Planning'
May 30, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Measurements taken by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission as it delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 are providing NASA the information it needs to design systems to protect human explorers from radiation exposure on deep-space expeditions in the future.
read the article 'Data From NASA Rover's Voyage To Mars Aids Planning' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Pebbly Rocks Testify to Old Streambed on Mars'
May 30, 2013

A new report tells how rocks examined by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reveal details of how deep and how fast water once flowed in an ancient Martian stream.
read the article 'Pebbly Rocks Testify to Old Streambed on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA To Discuss Mars Curiosity Radiation Findings'
May 28, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) Thursday, May 30, to present new findings from the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) aboard the rover Curiosity.
read the article 'NASA To Discuss Mars Curiosity Radiation Findings' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target'
May 20, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Examines Clay Clues in Rock'
May 17, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is driving to a new study area after a dramatic finish to 20 months on "Cape York" with examination of a rock intensely altered by water.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Examines Clay Clues in Rock' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record'
May 16, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity now holds the record for farthest driving by a NASA vehicle on a world away from Earth, passing a mark set by an Apollo astronaut-driven rover.
read the article 'Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Probe Counts Space Rock Impacts On Mars'
May 15, 2013

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across.
read the article 'NASA Probe Counts Space Rock Impacts On Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target On Mars'
May 9, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling.
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target On Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Wins Prestigious Aerospace Industry Awards'
May 9, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards.
read the article 'NASA Wins Prestigious Aerospace Industry Awards' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Rover Social Media, NASA/JPL Website Win Awards'
May 2, 2013

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover social media campaign and the agency's Solar System Exploration website win Webby Awards, the leading honor for the best of the Internet.
read the article 'Mars Rover Social Media, NASA/JPL Website Win Awards' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Invites Public To Send Names And Messages To Mars'
May 1, 2013

NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
read the article 'NASA Invites Public To Send Names And Messages To Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Opportunity Exits Standby, Back at Work'
May 1, 2013

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has exited a standby mode and is now executing a sequence of commands sent by the rover team.
read the article 'Opportunity Exits Standby, Back at Work' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Curiosity Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy'
April 25, 2013

The team in charge of landing NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, received the museum's highest group honor.
read the article 'Curiosity Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Three From JPL On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List'
April 18, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth.
read the article 'Three From JPL On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiters Have New Project Managers'
April 17, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars, both working long past their original prime missions, have new project managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiters Have New Project Managers' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Images May Show 1971 Soviet Lander'
April 11, 2013

Hardware from a spacecraft that the Soviet Union landed on Mars in 1971 might appear in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Images May Show 1971 Soviet Lander' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA, Mars Curiosity Win Awards For Social Media'
April 9, 2013

NASA's official Twitter feed, @NASA, has won its second consecutive Shorty award for the best government use of social media.
read the article 'NASA, Mars Curiosity Win Awards For Social Media' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic'
April 8, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate.
read the article 'Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Used Parachute On Mars Flaps In The Wind'
April 3, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how the parachute that helped NASA's Curiosity rover land on Mars last summer has subsequently changed its shape on the ground.
read the article 'Used Parachute On Mars Flaps In The Wind' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated to Spacecraft'
April 3, 2013
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

An instrument that will measure the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere has been integrated into NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. MAVEN has a scheduled launch date of Nov. 18.
read the article 'Final MAVEN Instrument Integrated to Spacecraft' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars'
March 27, 2013

A comet is heading for Mars, and there is a chance that it might hit the Red Planet in October 2014. An impact wouldn't necessarily mean the end of NASA's Mars program, but it would transform the program along with Mars itself.
read the article 'Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer'
March 26, 2013

When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission begins its journey to the Red Planet in 2013, it will carry a sensitive magnetic-field instrument built and tested by a team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
read the article 'Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Resumes Science Investigations'
March 25, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed science investigations after recovery from a computer glitch that prompted the engineers to switch the rover to a redundant main computer on Feb. 28.
read the article 'Curiosity Resumes Science Investigations' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Sun in the Way Will Affect Mars Missions in April'
March 20, 2013

The positions of the planets next month will mean diminished communications between Earth and NASA's spacecraft at Mars.
read the article 'Sun in the Way Will Affect Mars Missions in April' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Exits 'Safe Mode''
March 19, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has returned to active status and is on track to resume science investigations, following two days in a precautionary standby status, "safe mode."
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Exits 'Safe Mode'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Sees Trend In Water Presence'
March 18, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has seen evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it had already found clay minerals inside a drilled rock.
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Sees Trend In Water Presence' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'New 'Safe Mode' Status of Curiosity Expected to be Brief'
March 18, 2013

Engineers have quickly diagnosed a software issue that prompted NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to put itself into a precautionary standby status over the weekend.
read the article 'New 'Safe Mode' Status of Curiosity Expected to be Brief' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Moon, Mars Science Conference Events to Be Streamed'
March 15, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Curiosity and lunar GRAIL missions, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will be among those discussed during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on March 18 to 22.
read the article 'Moon, Mars Science Conference Events to Be Streamed' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Panorama From NASA Mars Rover Shows Mount Sharp'
March 15, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Rising above the present location of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, higher than any mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the United States, Mount Sharp is featured in new imagery from the rover.
read the article 'Panorama From NASA Mars Rover Shows Mount Sharp' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Particles And Fields Package Integrated On Upcoming Mars Bound Spacecraft'
March 14, 2013
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

The six science instruments that comprise the Particles and Fields Package that will characterize the solar wind and ionosphere of Mars have been integrated aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.
read the article 'Particles And Fields Package Integrated On Upcoming Mars Bound Spacecraft' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Lands South By Southwest Interactive Award'
March 13, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The down-to-Earth persona of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, expressed on Twitter, Facebook, live streaming on Ustream, viral videos and the first Foursquare check-in from another planet, has captured the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Award for best social media campaign.
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Lands South By Southwest Interactive Award' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Mission Picked For Smithsonian Honor'
March 13, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The team in charge of successfully landing NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will receive the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Mission Picked For Smithsonian Honor' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life On Mars'
March 12, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
read the article 'NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life On Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward'
March 11, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues to move forward with assessment and recovery from a memory glitch that affected the rover's A-side computer. Curiosity has two computers that are redundant of one another.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Helps See Buried Mars Flood Channels In 3-D'
March 7, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.
read the article 'NASA Helps See Buried Mars Flood Channels In 3-D' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Briefing On Curiosity's Analysis of Mars Rock'
March 7, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Tuesday, March 12, to discuss the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Briefing On Curiosity's Analysis of Mars Rock' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014'
March 5, 2013

Latest observations indicate comet 2013 A1 will pass within 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) of Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
read the article 'Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover's Recovery on Track'
March 4, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has transitioned from precautionary "safe mode" to active status on the path of recovery from a memory glitch last week. Resumption of full operations is anticipated by next week.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover's Recovery on Track' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover'
February 28, 2013

The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active.
read the article 'Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Lab Instruments Inside Curiosity Eat Mars Rock Powder'
February 25, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.
read the article 'Lab Instruments Inside Curiosity Eat Mars Rock Powder' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Student Mars Project Wins Education Award'
February 21, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science.
read the article 'NASA Student Mars Project Wins Education Award' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference Today About Curiosity Rover'
February 20, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon PST (3 p.m. EST) today, Feb. 20, to provide an update on the Mars rover Curiosity mission. Earlier today, Curiosity engineers confirmed the rover had collected the first-ever sample from inside a rock on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Teleconference Today About Curiosity Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample'
February 20, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet.
read the article 'NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample' Read More
Feature
read the article 'National Space Club Honors Mars Curiosity'
February 13, 2013

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover/Mars Science Laboratory and its team will receive a trio of National Space Club awards.
read the article 'National Space Club Honors Mars Curiosity' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Rock Takes Unusual Form'
February 11, 2013

On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance.
read the article 'Mars Rock Takes Unusual Form' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample'
February 9, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior.
read the article 'NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA'S MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing'
February 8, 2013
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo.
read the article 'NASA'S MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Preparatory Drill Test Performed on Mars'
February 7, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has produced some rock powder with its drill as the last major test before the rover's first full drilling.
read the article 'Preparatory Drill Test Performed on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Weekend Test on Mars Was Preparation to Drill a Rock'
February 4, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used the hammering action of its drill on Feb. 2 as the second-to-last major test before the first full drilling to collect a sample of rock dust.
read the article 'Weekend Test on Mars Was Preparation to Drill a Rock' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling'
January 28, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has placed its drill onto a series of four locations on a Martian rock and pressed down on it with the rover's arm, in preparation for using the drill in coming days.
read the article 'Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Thawing 'Dry Ice' Drives Groovy Action on Mars'
January 24, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter see seasonal changes on far-northern Martian sand dunes caused by warming of a winter blanket of frozen carbon dioxide.
read the article 'Thawing 'Dry Ice' Drives Groovy Action on Mars' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera At Night'
January 24, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has for the first time used the camera on its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument.
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera At Night' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year'
January 22, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Though NASA's newer Mars rover has been capturing more attention recently, durable Opportunity remains hard at work after nine years of roving on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Martian Crater May Once Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake'
January 20, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.
read the article 'Martian Crater May Once Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Ms. Curiosity Goes to Washington'
January 18, 2013

It's an all-American, once-every-four-years tradition: the inauguration of a president. On Monday, Jan. 21, the Red Planet will join the traditional red-white-and-blue pageantry when a life-size model of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity appears in the inaugural parade after President Barack Obama takes the oath of office.
read the article 'Ms. Curiosity Goes to Washington' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Preparing To Drill Into First Martian Rock'
January 15, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Preparing To Drill Into First Martian Rock' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity's Team to Receive Space Foundation Award'
January 15, 2013

The people of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission have been named winners of a 2013 Space Foundation award for advancing exploration of space.
read the article 'Mars Rover Curiosity's Team to Receive Space Foundation Award' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts Jan. 15 Telecon About Mars Rover Progress'
January 14, 2013
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA Hosts Jan. 15 Telecon About Mars Rover Progress' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA's Big Mars Rover Makes First Use Of Its Brush'
January 7, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed first-time use of a brush it carries to sweep dust off rocks.
read the article 'NASA's Big Mars Rover Makes First Use Of Its Brush' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay''
January 4, 2013

After imaging during the holidays, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed driving Jan. 3 and pulled within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called "Snake River."
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'' Read More

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