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HIGHLIGHTS
Saturday, November 26
Launch Day

Atlas 5 Rocket launches MSL mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Nov. 26, 2011.

Wednesday, November 30
Popular Science Honors Curiosity

Mars Science Laboratory named a "Best of What's New" innovation by Popular Science Magazine.

Tuesday, December 13
Cruise Stage Science Begins

Curiosity rover begins monitoring space radiation environment en route to Mars.

Wednesday, January 11
Course Correction Maneuver

Mars Science Laboratory cruise craft fires thrusters in a 2-hour, 40-minute maneuver to refine Mars-bound trajectory.

Friday, January 27
Solar Storm Radiation Detected

Curiosity rover's Radiation Assessment Detector detects radiation from Jan. 22 solar storm, NASA announces.

Thursday, February 09
Computer Glitch Solved

NASA announces that engineers have found the cause of a computer reset on Curiosity taht occured in December.

Monday, March 26
Course Correction Successful

Mars Science Lab fires thrusters for 9 minutes to refine path toward Mars. Science instrument health confirmed.

Sunday, April 01
Halfway to Mars

Curiosity hits halfway mark of trip to Mars (duration).

Friday, April 27
100 Days to Mars

Curiosity is now 100 days to Mars, 119 million miles (191 million kilometers) to go.

Monday, June 11
Landing Site Target Tweaks

NASA narrows landing ellipse target for Mars Science Laboratory. Curiosity on track for Gale crater.

Tuesday, June 26
Course Correction for Final Mars Approach

Curiosity rover fires thrusters in course correction. Mars atmosphere entry changed by 125 miles, moved up by 70 seconds.

Monday, July 09
MSL Team Landing Simulation

Curiosity rover mission managers to hold 4-day Mars entry, descent and landing simulation ahead of landing at JPL.

Monday, July 16
Possible Course Correction

Thruster maneuver possible to fine-tune final Mars approach (not yet final).

Sunday, August 05
Landing Day

Curiosity rover expected to land at Gale crater on Mars on between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. PDT (Aug. 6 at 1-1:30 a.m. EDT).

UPDATES
Curiosity Rolling on Toward Mount Sharp
27 August 2014, 04:26 PM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has passed up a potential drilling target and instead resumed the long trek to the huge Mount Sharp, which has long been its ultimate destination. 

Mission team members had been considering drilling a Mars rock dubbed "Bonanza King" but scrapped the idea after pre-drilling activities suggested that the stone is not stable enough, NASA officials said. 

Read the full story: Curiosity Rover Packs Up Drill, Hits the Martian Road Again

Curiosity Finds Its 1st Meteorites!
15 July 2014, 08:03 PM EDT

Curiosity has found three iron meteorites, the first space rocks on the Martian surface of its mission, NASA images reveal. 

Two of the meteorites, called Lebanon and Lebanon B, are close together, with the larger one (Lebanon) spanning nearly 7 feet (2 meters) in width. The third rock, also 7 feet wide, is located a short distance away from the other two. 

Read the Full Story: Huge Meteorite on Mars Discovered by NASA's Curiosity Rover

Curiosity Drives Solo
29 August 2013, 08:29 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has hit the open road on its own for the first time. See the details here:

Mars Rover Curiosity Drives Solo for First Time

Celebrate Curiosity's Birthday on Mars with NASA Today!
06 August 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

Today (Aug. 6) NASA marks the one-year anniversary of the Mars rover Curiosity's dramatic landing, and you can watch the celebrations online.

From 10:45 a.m. to noon EDT (1445 to 1600 GMT) today, Curiosity team members will reminisce about the rover's harrowing Red Planet arrival on the night of Aug. 5, 2012, which saw the 1-ton robot lowered to the Martian surface on cables by a rocket-powered sky crane.

Full StoryNASA Celebrates Curiosity Rover's 1st Year on Mars Today: How to Watch Live

InterviewOne Year on Mars: Curiosity Rover's Chief Scientist John Grotzinger Speaks Out

Happy Anniversary, Curiosity!
05 August 2013, 09:36 AM EDT

Curiosity is celebrating one year on Mars from the surface of the Red Planet today. 

The 1-ton robot has achieved a great deal in its 12 months on Mars, discovering an ancient streambed and gathering enough evidence for mission scientists to declare that the planet could have supported microbial life billions of years ago.

Full Story: NASA's Curiosity Rover Celebrates One Year on Mars

Video: Curiosity: Year One - A Look Back

Curiosity Takes Longest Drive Yet
30 July 2013, 04:45 PM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is really starting to stretch its legs on the Red Planet.

The 1-ton rover made by far the longest drive of its nearly year-long surface mission on July 21, traversing 329 feet (100.3 meters) of Martian terrain. The robot's one-day distance record prior to the big drive had been 161 feet (49 m), NASA officials said.

Full Story: Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Longest Red Planet Drive Yet

Curiosity's Driving Milestone
18 July 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has notched a mileage milestone, reaching 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) of total driving distance as it heads toward a huge and mysterious Red Planet mountain.

Full StoryMars Rover Curiosity's Long Drive Shifts Into High Gear

Curiosity Sees Phobos
03 July 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Curiosity caught sight of Phobos, one of Mars' two small moons in a new video beamed back to Earth. 

Full StoryMars Rover Curiosity Captures Video of Martian Moonrise

Curiosity Delivers Billion-Pixel Mars Image
19 June 2013, 05:07 PM EDT

A new 1.3-billion-pixel image stitched together from nearly 900 photos taken by Curiosity allows viewers to zoom in and investigate parts of the Martian surface in incredible detail.

Full story: Wow! Mars Rover Captures Stunning Billion-Pixel Photo of Red Planet

Curiosity is currently wrapping up activities near its landing site and getting set to begin the roughly year-long drive to its main science destination, the foothills of Mount Sharp.

Read about the looming journey here: Road Trip! Mars Rover Curiosity Gears Up for Epic Drive

Curiosity Drills into 2nd Mars Rock
20 May 2013, 04:38 PM EDT

Curiosity is at it again.

The rover drilled 2.6 inches (6.6 centimeters) into a rock dubbed "Cumberland" on Sunday (May 19), pulling samples from deep within a Red Planet outcrop for the second time ever.

Full story: NASA's Curiosity Rover Drills Into 2nd Mars Rock

Video: Curiosity Drills into Mars Again

Curiosity, Opportunity on a Roll
17 May 2013, 01:21 PM EDT

It's a big week for two rovers on Mars. 

The Mars Curiosity Rover has set its sights on a new rock called "Cumberland" to drill into. 

The Mars Rover Opportunity also broke the US record for off-planet driving earlier this week.

Full Stories: Mars Rover Curiosity to Drill Into Bumpy 'Cumberland' Rock 

Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks US Record for Off-Planet Driving

BREAKING NEWS: Ancient Mars Could Support Life
12 March 2013, 01:47 PM EDT

A sample of Mars drilled from a rock by NASA's Curiosity rover and then studied by onboard instruments "shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes," NASA officials announced today (March 12) in a statement and press conference.

FULL STORY:
 
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Drill, Rover, Drill!
07 February 2013, 06:48 PM EST

The Curiosity rover has made its first drill test on Mars. If all goes well, the first full drilling action will come in days. 

Full Story: Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars for 1st Time

Mars at Night Revealed!
25 January 2013, 11:26 AM EST

NASA's Curiosity rover has snapped its first photos of Mars at night. Read the full story here:

Curiosity Rover Snaps 1st Photos of Mars at Night

See all of Curiosity's latest Mars images here: 

Amazing Mars Rover Curiosity's Martian Views (Latest Photos )

Curiosity to Take Part in Obama's Inaugural Parade
18 January 2013, 02:29 PM EST

A full-scale model of the car-sized Curiosity rover will be on display during the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. on Monday (Jan. 21).

Read the story here:

NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' to March in Obama's Inaugural Parade

See NASA's schedule of events for Obama's Inaugural Weekend here:

NASA's Presidential Inaugural Weekend Event Schedule

'Mars Flower' Remains Mysterious
15 January 2013, 05:38 PM EST

The odd "Mars flower" Curiosity photographed last month continues to perplex researchers, who nonetheless stress that its origins are not biological.

Read the story here:

'Mars Flower' Photo Puzzles Scientists

Curiosity Preparing to Drill Its First Rock
15 January 2013, 05:33 PM EST

Curiosity is preparing to use its rock-boring drill for the first time over the next few weeks. Mission scientists will choose a rock at an outcrop called John Klein, which was exposed to liquid water long ago.

Read about it here:

Curiosity Rover to Drill Mars Rock Once Soaked by Water

Curiosity's New Self-Portrait
28 December 2012, 11:31 AM EST

The Mars rover Curiosity has snapped a spectacular new self-portait to pose with its Mount Sharp destination like a robotic tourist on the Red Planet. 

You can see the amazing photo here and see how it was made: 

Say Cheese! Mars Rover Curiosity Snaps Amazing Self-Portrait


Curiosity's Holiday on Mars
27 December 2012, 02:56 PM EST

Curiosity worked through the holiday season on Mars by taking a close look at an intriguing bit of Martian terrain.

Read more about it here:

Mars Rover Curiosity Spends Holidays at 'Grandma's House'

And see the video here:

Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Holiday to Explore ‘Yellowknife Bay’

NASA to Announce Curiosity Findings Today
03 December 2012, 10:16 AM EST

NASA plans to announce the latest findings from Curiosity today during a press conference at 12 p.m. EST (1500 GMT) at the annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Read our preview story here:

Mars Rover Curiosity Update Kicks Off Space News Week

And watch the press conference live here:

Watch LIVE Here: NASA Unveiling Mars Rover, Voyager Findings Today

Happy Thanksgiving from Mars
24 November 2012, 09:20 AM EST

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is spending the Thanksgiving holiday weekend working on the Red Planet. Find out more here:

Thanksgiving on Mars: Working Holiday for Curiosity Rover

Meanwhile, a dust storm on Mars is making its presence known to Curiosity: 

NASA Tracks Big Dust Storm on Mars 


Curiosity Makes Mysterious Discovery
20 November 2012, 02:42 PM EST

Curiosity has apparently made a big discovery, though the news won't come out until the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco, which runs from Dec. 3-7.

Read the story here:

Mars Mystery: Has Curiosity Rover Made Big Discovery?

Listen Live: Mars Rover Science Update Today
15 November 2012, 01:54 PM EST

NASA will provide a live update on the latest discoveries by the Mars rover Curiosity today, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT).  

You can follow along here: 

Listen Live: NASA to Hold Mars Rover Update at 2 PM ET

Mars Rover Updates: Methane and More
27 October 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity may have what it takes to help solve the methane mystery on the Red Planet. More details here:

Mars Methane Mystery: Curiosity Rover May Find New Clues

Yum! Curiosity Rover Swallows 1st Mars Sample, Finds Odd Bright Stuff


Live Now! NASA Mars Rover Update
18 October 2012, 03:07 PM EDT

You can listen live to NASA's latest Mars rover Curiosity mission science update here:

Listen Live Now: NASA Giving Mars Rover Curiosity Update

The rover has spotted some odd bright new material: 

Curiosity Rover Digs Up Shiny Particles on Mars

Ancient Streambed on Mars!
27 September 2012, 03:31 PM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered what appears to be an ancient streambed where water once washed across the Martian surface, possibly reaching hip-deep depths. 

Full Story: Mars Rover Finds Ancient Streambed Where Water Once Flowed

Related Video: Water Rushed On Mars, Curiosity Finds


Curiosity Rover News Briefing Today
27 September 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

NASA will hold a news conference today to unveil the latest science discoveries on Mars by the Curiosity rover. The briefing begins at 2 p.m. ET and you can follow along on SPACE.com at the link below:

NASA Announcing Mars Rover Discoveries Today: How to Watch


Mars Rover Sees Martian Moons
20 September 2012, 01:47 PM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has captured rare views of the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos as they crossed the sun. The solar eclipse views from Mars will help astronomers studying the moons themselves, and can aid in studies about the internal composition of Mars, too, scientists say. 

Full Story: Mars Rover's Eclipse Photos to Probe Red Planet's Interior

Video: Curiosity Snaps Martian Moon's Partial Solar Eclipse


One Month Later
06 September 2012, 03:25 PM EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover has officially logged its first month on Mars! Take a look back at all the incredible photos from Curiosity's first 30 days on the Red Planet:

Mars Rover Curiosity's 1st Month in Pictures (Gallery)

Curiosity is on its way to its first major science destination, but first the rover will test some of the instruments on its robotic arm. Read more about what's coming up for Curiosity here:

Amazing Mars Rover Shifting Into Science Gear After 1st Martian Month

Complete Coverage: 
Mars Rover Curiosity Story Archive


Curiosity Rover Beams Back a Song
29 August 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover broadcast the first song ever played on Mars yesterday (Aug. 28).

The new song, called "Reach for the Stars," was penned by rapper and songwriter will.i.am, and made its cosmic debut from the Red Planet. Curiosity used radio signals to transmit the tune from Mars, and will.i.am, rocket scientists and students were onhand for the live event.

Read more about the first song played on Mars:

Mars Rover Belts Out Will.i.am Song From Red Planet in Cosmic First

Earlier this week, Curiosity set another record by beaming back the first human voice from Mars -- a greeting from NASA chief Charles Bolden.

Mars Rover Sends Amazing Photos, 1st Human Voice from Red Planet

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Relive Curiosity's Mars Landing Drama
24 August 2012, 01:19 PM EDT

Two new videos from NASA capture the drama and daring of the Curiosity rover's amazing landing on Mars. 

One video gives you an rover's-eye view of landing with HD quality, as the Red Planet's surface zooms ever closer. The other video captures the reactions of people across the country as the rover touched down. 

See the videos here:

Curiosity's Descent In High Resolution with Commentary

Curiosity Landing - Remember Where You Were?

Complete Coverage: 
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Test Drive Day for Curiosity Rover
22 August 2012, 06:43 AM EDT

It's driving day for the Curiosity Mars rover! NASA will drive Curiosity forward one "car" length, make a right turn and then back up for today's planned test drive. Go behind the scenes of the Mars drive here: 

Martian Curiosity: How Do You Drive a $2.5 Billion Mars Rover?

Curiosity Wiggles Wheels and Stretches Arm

Mars Rover Curiosity to Take 1st Martian Drive Wednesday

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NASA Rover Update Today
21 August 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

NASA will hold the first of two Curiosity rover mission updates this week at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) today. It will be a teleconference with reporters, but the public can listen in online. 

You can listen online  here: 
http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Visuals will be available at the start of the teleconference here:
http://go.nasa.gov/curiositytelecon

Meanwhile, Curiosity has flexed its robotic arm for the first time. See the full story here: 
Mars Rover Curiosity Flexes Robotic Arm for 1st Time

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Curiosity Fires Laser, Ready to Drive
20 August 2012, 01:07 PM EDT

It sounds like science fiction, but the Curiosity rover has fired the first laser on Mars. It was really just target practice, but real science may come from it. See our full story here: 

Pew! Pew! Pew! NASA's Curiosity Rover Zaps Mars Rock with Laser

Meanwhile, NASA is gearing up to send the rover on its first drive: 

Curiosity's Mars Roadtrip About To Begin

Complete Coverage: 
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NASA Telecon on Rover Status Today
17 August 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

NASA will hold a telephone press briefing today at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT) to give a status update on the Mars rover Curiosity. 

Curiosity is preparing for its first drive early next week. Here's how to listen in and follow today's reporter teleconference: 

NASA to Hold Mars Rover Mission Update Friday

You can also hear straight from the Mars rove "Mohawk Guy" himself in our new interview with rover flight controller Bobak Ferdowsi:

Mars Rover Celebrity: Q & A with 'Mohawk Guy' Bobak Ferdowsi

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Curiosity Rover Prepares for 1st Drive
15 August 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

After successfully upgrading Curiosity's software, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. are gearing up for the rover's first drive. This test drive will likely occur within about a week, agency officials said.

Read more here:

Mars Rover Curiosity Survives 'Brain Surgery,' Set for 1st Drive

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is circling the Red Planet, also snapped this color photo of Curiosity at Gale Crater:

Ultra-Sharp Color Photo Reveals Mars Rover From Space

You can see the Latest Photos from the Rover's 2nd Week on Mars here:

Photos: NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity on Red Planet (Week 2 )

Complete Coverage: 
Mars Rover Curiosity Story Archive


Press Conference at 1 p.m. ET Today
14 August 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

NASA will hold a press teleconference today at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) to update the media and public about the health of the Mars rover Curiosity. 

From NASA:

Audio of the event will be streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Visuals will be available at the start of the event at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/telecon/

You can see the Latest Photos from the Rover's 2nd Week on Mars here:

Photos: NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity on Red Planet (Week 2 )

Complete Coverage: 
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NASA Rover Completes 1st Week on Mars
13 August 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover has logged its first full week on Mars, and it has certainly been a busy seven days! Curiosity has already sent back spectacular black-and-white and color photos of the Martian landscape, as engineers test the rover's onboard systems and instruments.

Look back at the past week on Mars with our latest story:

A Week on Mars: Curiosity Rover Settles in for Long Martian Haul

Don't forget to check out the most recent photos from Curiosity to our image gallery:

1st Photos of Mars by Curiosity Rover (Gallery )

Complete Coverage: 
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Mars Rover Set to Receive Software Upgrade
10 August 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

NASA is preparing to send new software to Curiosity that will prepare the rover to begin operating on the surface of Mars. The software update is scheduled to occur on Saturday (Aug. 11), and is expected to last roughly four days.

More information can be found in our latest story:

NASA Primes Mars Rover Curiosity for Software Upgrade

We've also added the most recent photos from Curiosity to our image gallery:

1st Photos of Mars by Curiosity Rover (Gallery )

NASA is hosting a mission status briefing today at 1 p.m. ET (1700 GMT) live on NASA TV, which you can watch by clicking the link at the upper left of this page. Direct NASA TV link is here.

Complete Coverage: 
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Color Panoramic Photos Expected Soon
09 August 2012, 09:33 AM EDT

Mission planners are continuing their test of the Curiosity rover's systems and instruments. Curiosity has already beamed back spectacular images of Mars, including black-and-white views that reveal astonishingly Earthlike surroundings.

Here are our latest stories about Curiosity's mission:

On Mars, Curiosity Rover Ponders Panoramic View & Self-Portrait

Mars Rover to Snap Color Panoramic Photos Soon

Don't forget to take a look at the rest of the photos sent back to Earth so far:

1st Photos of Mars by Curiosity Rover (Gallery )

NASA is hosting a mission status briefing today at 1 p.m. ET (1700 GMT) live on NASA TV, which you can watch by clicking the link at the upper left of this page. Direct NASA TV link is here.

Complete Coverage: 
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Mars in 3-D! Curiosity's New Photos
08 August 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

The Curiosity rover has snapped its first 3-D images on Mars using stereo cameras mounted to its front and rear. You can see the new photos here: 

New Mars Photos: First 3-D Views From NASA's Curiosity Rover

And get a recap of all the rover's early Mars photos here: 

1st Photos of Mars by Curiosity Rover (Gallery )

NASA will hold a mission status briefing at 1 p.m. ET (1700 GMT) live on NASA TV, which you can watch by clicking the link at the upper left of this page. Direct NASA TV link is here.

Complete Coverage: 
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Health Checks Continue
08 August 2012, 06:53 AM EDT

The Curiosity rover will go through more health checks today to make sure its systems are in perfect working order. If all goes well, it could snap a 360-degree panorama view of its surroundings using a navigation camera on its mast. 

"Curiosity is healthy as it continues to familiarize itself with its new home in Gale Crater and check out its systems," NASA officials said in an update.

Here's our latest look at Curiosity and its mission:

Complete Coverage: 
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Curiosity to Raise Camera Mast Today
07 August 2012, 09:43 AM EDT

With Curiosity safely on Mars, its mission team has busy days ahead to check all of the rover's systems. The rover was cleared to raise its high-gain antenna and will soon deploy its camera-tipped mast, which will take high-res images of the Martian surface. 

"The mission's characterization activity phase is design to learn how all Curiosity's subsystems and instruments are functioning after landing and within the environment and gravitational field of Mars," NASA says. 

Latest Stories and Video: 

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Spectacular Video and Photos Cap Landing Success
06 August 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

It's been an amazing day on Mars for NASA's Curiosity rover.

Not only did the rover land in spectacular sky crane fashion late Sunday PDT, but it captured amazing color photos of its descent, beamed back stunning views of a nearby mountain and surpassed all expectations with such a flawless landing. Here's a taste of the rover's latest stunning views: 

Complete Coverage: 
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Mars Rover Curiosity Safely on the Red Planet
06 August 2012, 03:51 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is safe and sound on the surface of the Red Planet. For a replay of the excitement, be sure to check out our video:

Curiosity Rover Lands! - First Imagery From Mars

We also have two new photo galleries from tonight's exciting events:

Gallery: Mars Rover Curiosity Landing

Gallery: 1st Photos From Mars By Curiosity Rover

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1st Images of Mars Beamed Back to Earth
06 August 2012, 01:38 AM EDT

The Curiosity rover has beamed back its first images from Mars! Photos from the rover's Hazard Avoidance cameras, or Hazcams, were sent back to Earth via NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.

The images show Curiosity's shadow on Mars, plus dust particles that were kicked up as the rover descended to the surface of the Red Planet.

You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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TOUCHDOWN!
06 August 2012, 01:33 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the surface of the Red Planet! As confirmation of the successful landing came in, mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in cheers and applause.

You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

Complete Coverage: 
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Heat Shield Separation
06 August 2012, 01:29 AM EDT

The Curiosity rover's heat shield has separated. Mission controllers confirmed that the spacecraft is now in powered flight. A rocket-powered sky crane will now lower the rover to the surface of Mars.

You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Mars Rover Enters Red Planet Atmosphere
06 August 2012, 01:25 AM EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover has entered the atmosphere of Mars, agency officials confirmed. The spacecraft is beginning to feel the effects of the Martian atmosphere at a point known as entry interface.

Mission controllers also reported that a connection has been established with the Mars Odyssey orbiter.

Curiosity is minutes away from landing on Mars. You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Mars Rover Curiosity's Cruise Stage Separates
06 August 2012, 01:18 AM EDT

The Curiosity rover's cruise stage has separated, and the spacecraft is preparing to enter the atmosphere of Mars, NASA officials said.

You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Mars Orbiter Moves Into Position for Rover Landing
06 August 2012, 01:00 AM EDT

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has successfully moved into position to watch the landing of the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet, NASA officials announced.

With the orbiter in place, Odyssey will now be able to relay signals from Curiosity to mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"Way to go, Odyssey! The Mars orbiter is in position to relay my communications during landing in real-time back to Earth," mission controllers tweeted as the Curiosity rover.

The Curiosity rover is about 20 minutes away from landing on Mars. You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Peanuts in Mission Control
06 August 2012, 01:00 AM EDT

Peanuts are being passed around Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. Peanuts have been a tradition at JPL since the 1960s, when Ranger 7 became the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully send close images of the moon's surface back to Earth.

Read more about JPL's peanuts tradition here:

Pass the Peanuts: It's Landing Day for Mars Rover Curiosity

The Curiosity rover is less than 30 minutes away from landing on Mars. You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Mars Rover Prepares For Its Mars Arrival
06 August 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now in its so-called EDL mode, which means the spacecraft is preparing for its entry, descent and landing. The rover's landing is scheduled to occur in just approximately 35 minutes.

You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mars
06 August 2012, 12:15 AM EDT

The Mars rover Curiosity is now within the orbit of Deimos, the Red Planet's small outer moon, according to NASA officials.

You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

Mission controllers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. switched off its transmitter between Curiosity and the Deep Space Network to prepare for landing.

"I'm inside the orbit of Deimos and completely on my own. Wish me luck!" mission managers said from the Curiosity rover's Twitter account.

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Less Than 2 Hours to Mars Rover Landing!
06 August 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is roughly 1.5 hours away from landing on the Red Planet. You can tune in to the historic event with our webcast on SPACE.com here.

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. switched off the transmitter between Curiosity and the agency's Deep Space Network in preparation for landing. The spacecraft is now flying completely on its own, NASA officials said.

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NASA Broadcast Begins
05 August 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

NASA has begun its live broadcast covering the Curiosity rover's landing. You can watch the webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here

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5 Hours Until Mars!
05 August 2012, 08:20 PM EDT

The Mars rover Curiosity is streaking toward the Red Planet and remains on track for its landing tonight. 

Anticipation is high for the first images of Mars, though NASA has made it clear the first views will be low-res black and white shots:

Mars Rover Landing: What the 1st Photos May Show

Meanwhile, one scientists says that the rover is capable of adding to the ongoing search for life on Mars: 

How the Curiosity Rover Will Make a 'Stealthy' Search for Mars Life

 

NOTE: You can watch NASA's live webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here

Complete Coverage: 
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Mars Rover Lands Today: Event Schedule
05 August 2012, 09:17 AM EDT

With NASA's Mars rover Curiosity bearing down on the the Red Planet, there are several TV events set to lead up to the main event.

Don't miss our latest stories for the mission: 

Future of Mars Exploration May Ride on NASA's Rover Landing

Mars Rover Landing Prelude: 'Martian Triangle' Visible in Night Sky

NOTE: You can watch NASA's live webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here

Here's a look at today's schedule on NASA TV:

Sunday, Aug. 5

NOTE: All Times in PDT (+3 for EDT, +7 for GMT)

-- 9:30 a.m.: Final Prelanding Update News Briefing

-- 3 p.m.: NASA Science News Briefing

-- 8:30 p.m. to about 11 p.m.: LANDING at 10:31 p.m. PDT!

-- No earlier than 11:15 p.m.
Post-landing News Briefing

Monday, Aug. 6

-- 12:30 to 1:30 a.m.: Landing Commentary No. 2

-- 9 a.m.: Landing Recap News Briefing

-- 4 p.m.:Possible New Images News Briefing

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LANDING DAY for Mars Rover!
05 August 2012, 04:13 AM EDT

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is closing in on the Red Planet with less than 24 hours before it touches down on the Martian surface. 

The rover is on track for its planned Aug. 5 landing at 10:31 p.m. PDT (1:31 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6). 

According to NASA: As of 2:25 p.m. PDT (5:25 p.m. EDT) on Saturday, Curiosity was approximately 261,000 miles (420,039 kilometers) from Mars, closing in at a little more than 8,000 mph (about 3,600 meters per second).

NASA Television will broadcast live coverage of Curiosity's landing on Aug. 5 beginning at 8 p.m. EDT (11 p.m. EDT; 0300 GMT Aug. 6). You can watch NASA's live webcast on SPACE.com by clicking here.

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Mars Rover On Target for Landing
04 August 2012, 09:33 AM EDT

NASA's huge Mars  rover Curiosity is just over one day from landing on the Red Planet and right on target, NASA says. Landing set for Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10:31 p.m. PDT (that's 1:31 a.m. EDT, 0531 GMT on Monday, Aug. 6).

In fact, Curiosity is so on target, that NASA has cancelled maneuver to refine its course. "As of 12:35 p.m. today PDT (3:35 p.m. EDT), the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was approximately 468,000 miles (753,200 kilometers) from Mars, or a little less than twice the distance from Earth to the moon. It is traveling at about 8,000 mph (3,576 meters per second)," NASA says. 

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Spotlight: Curiosity Rover's Nerve-Racking Landing
03 August 2012, 09:44 AM EDT

With the Curiosity rover only two days away from touching down on Mars, we're taking a closer look at the spacecraft's risky entry, descent and landing. Check out our latest stories:

NASA: Huge Mars Rover's Sky Crane Landing Was 'Least Crazy' Idea

NASA Mars Rover's Risky Landing Plan: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Mars Rover Days Away From Landing
02 August 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

The Curiosity rover is only three days away from landing on Mars!

In anticipation of Curiosity's arrival, we look back at some of the boldest missions to set their sights on the Red Planet:

The Most Audacious Mars Missions in History

With Curiosity's landing just around the corner, we also caught up with the mission's chief scientist:

Mars Rover Landing: Q & A with Curiosity's Chief Scientist John Grotzinger

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Four More Days!
01 August 2012, 01:19 PM EDT

Only four days to go!

Here's our latest story:

Daring Mars Rover Landing Has High Stakes for NASA

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5 Days to Landing!
31 July 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity is just five days away from landing on the Red Planet. 

See how the Curiosity rover will tackle some of Mars' biggest mysteries in our latest story: 

NASA's Huge New Mars Rover Targets Biggest Red Planet Mysteries

Don't miss our amazing new look at the rover itself: 

Huge Mars Robot Armed With Laser, Cameras, Curiosity (Infographic )

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Curiosity Fine-Tunes Approach to Mars
30 July 2012, 02:13 PM EDT

On Saturday night (July 28), the spacecraft carrying NASA's Curiosity rover fine-tuned its course, zeroing in on its entry point into the Martian atmosphere for landing on the night of Aug. 5.

The spacecraft performed two brief thruster firings, altering its velocity by about 0.025 mph (1 centimeter per second) and adjusting the point at which Curiosity will enter the atmosphere by about 13 miles (21 kilometers). The spacecraft will have two further opportunities for course corrections, if needed, during the final 48 hours before touchdown, NASA officials said.

Curiosity's highly anticipated landing on the Red Planet is now tantalizingly close:

Less Than a Week Remains Before NASA's Biggest Rover Yet Lands on Mars


9 Days to Mars: Curiosity On Track for Red Planet Landing
27 July 2012, 05:52 PM EDT

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity rover, remains on track for its landing on Mars in 9 days. Members of the Curiosity team gave a nod to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which officially kick off today in London.

"As the Olympic flame is lit in London, I'm preparing to fire thrusters for final course adjustments. Countdown to Mars: 9 days," Mars Science Laboratory mission planners wrote via Twitter.

With Curiosity's Mars landing quickly approaching, here's a look at why the Red Planet remains such an intriguing place for exploration:

Why Do We Keep Going Back to Mars?

Read up on some of the exciting science Curiosity will conduct on Mars:

Curiosity Rover Will Sleuth for Clues to Water on Mars


Curiosity Ready for Final Approach to Mars
26 July 2012, 09:56 PM EDT

Curiosity's flight team took a breather today (July 26) to prepare for next week's final approach to the Red Planet, NASA officials said.

The team has completed nearly all the work required to configure Curiosity's spacecraft for entry, descent and landing, which will take place the night of Aug. 5. NASA's Deep Space Network continues to track the spacecraft and monitor its telemetry.

The heart of Curiosity's science gear is its Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM. Check out how it will work, and what it might find:

How New Mars Rover Will 'Cook' Red Planet Rocks


NASA Tracking Mars Rover Ahead of Red Planet Landing
24 July 2012, 04:02 PM EDT

NASA is continuing to track the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity rover, as it nears the Red Planet.

"These activities are designed to more closely track the spacecraft's trajectory and position as it draws nearer to the Red Planet and Mars' gravitational influence on the spacecraft increases," NASA officials said in a statement.

The rover will use an unprecedented sky crane landing system to touch down on Mars on the night of Aug. 5.

Despite Risk, Experts Bet on New Mars Rover's Audacious Landing Plan

Also, check out our newest infographic about where the Curiosity rover will set its wheels down:

Mars Rover Curiosity's Landing Site: Gale Crater


Mars Rover Gets Programming Upgrade
20 July 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

NASA is updating the flight sequence program aboard the Mars Science Laboratory to better prepare the spacecraft to land the Curiosity rover on Mars on Aug. 5.

The Mars rover's primary and backup computers are both receiveing the upgrade, NASA said in a statement.

Bizarre Mars Mountain an Inviting Target for NASA's Curiosity Rover

See how the rover stacks up against past missions here:

NASA's Newest Mars Rover Is Biggest and Best Yet


NASA Unveils Mars Rover Xbox Game
16 July 2012, 02:01 PM EDT

NASA officials today (July 16) have unveiled a host of new public outreach effort, including a partnership with Microsoft to release "Mars Rover Landing" - an Xbox Live game that allows Xbox players with the Kinect system to peform their own Mars landings using body movements. 

See a gallery of screenshots for "Mars Rover Landing" here: 

Mars Rover Landing: NASA's 1st Xbox Game Unveiled (Images )

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Mars Press Conference at 1 pm ET
16 July 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

NASA will discuss the latest details of its ambitious Mars rover Curiosity today at 1 p.m. ET live on NASA TV. You can find out how to watch the briefing online here:

NASA Offers Glimpse Into Aug. 5 Mars Rover Landing on Monday

In the meantime, get the latest news on the Mars Science Lab mission for Curiosity and it  may mean for future Mars rovers here:

Is Huge Mars Rover NASA's Last Big Mission to Red Planet?

and check out our latest amazing infographic showing every mission sent to Mars...ever:

Occupy Mars: History of Robotic Red Planet Missions (Infographic )


Mars Science Laboratory Adjusts Course
12 July 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

On July 11, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity fired its thrusters to tweak its approach to the Red Planet, NASA says.

The maneuver actually turned the spacecraft slightly to adjust its orientation in order to keep the probe's antenna pointed at Earth. It is the third to last maneuver expected before Curiosity lands on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT. 

Curiosity is now less than a month away from landing. See our overview here:

Huge Mars Rover One Month from Red Planet Landing


New Gallery! Curiosity's Landing Explained
10 July 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

NASA's Curiosity rover has a daredevil ride ahead when it plunges toward the Red Planet for an Aug. 5 PDT landing. See how the landing will work in our newest gallery below: 

How Mars Rover Curiosity's Nail-Biting Landing Works (Pictures )


A History of Mars Landings
10 July 2012, 09:33 AM EDT

The Curiosity rover is still a little over three weeks from its scheduled landing on Mars.

As the spacecraft approaches its destination, here's a look back at all the previous missions that have attempted to land on the Red Planet:

Destination Mars: A Timeline of Red Planet Landings


One Month to Mars!
06 July 2012, 05:11 PM EDT

Stay on Target! NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity is one month from landing on the Red Planet. Weighing in at 1 ton, Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to Mars and is due to land late at night on Aug. 5 PDT (early Aug. 6 EDT).

SPACE.com will offer complete coverage of Curiosity's Mars landing and 2-year mission on the Red Planet here.

To start, check out our latest mission video:

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