Latest News About Mars Science Laboratory, NASA's Newest Mars Rover

The Mars rover Curiosity, also known as the Science Laboratory, will launch in late 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012.
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Curiosity Rover Headed to Dark Sand Dunes on Mars
Dark Sand Dune in Mount Sharp's Foothills
November 18th, 2015
Curiosity is headed toward the dark Bagnold Dunes, which lie in the northwestern foothills of the towering Mount Sharp, and should begin investigating the sandy feature in the next few days, NASA officials said.
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Ancient Mars Had Long-Lasting Lakes, Boosting Chances for Life
Gale Lake Simulation Image
October 8th, 2015
A series of freshwater lakes within Mars' 96-mile-wide Gale Crater likely persisted for hundreds or thousands of years at a time, and perhaps even longer, according to the new study, which is based on observations made by NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Mars Rover Finds Rich Mineral Stew in Fractured Rock
Mineral Veins on Mars
November 16th, 2015
Chemical analysis by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicates that water made several repeat appearances to create the rich mineral veins at a site called “Garden City” in the lower part of Mount Sharp.
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Mars' Missing Atmosphere Likely Lost in Space
Nili Fossae Region on Mars
October 5th, 2015
A Martian atmosphere thick enough to allow constantly flowing water may have been lost to space rather than trapped by surface rocks, according to a recent study.
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Hopping 'Hedgehog' Robot Could Explore Comets and Asteroids (Video)
Hedgehog Robot Illustration
September 8th, 2015
Researchers tested two "hedgehog" robot prototypes this summer to get an idea of the machines' potential to explore space locations inaccessible to conventional rovers.
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Pebbles on Mars Shaped by Ancient Long-Gone Rivers Dozens of Miles Long
Mars Pebbles
October 13th, 2015
The shape of pebbles photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity suggests these rocks rolled along in streams for dozens of miles billions of years ago.
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Curiosity Rover Snaps Stunning Mountain Vista on Mars (Photo)
Curiosity Rover Looks Toward Mount Sharp's Higher Regions
October 3rd, 2015
Slowly but surely, Curiosity is making its way up the mountain, and the new photo — which was taken on Sept. 9 but just released Friday (Oct. 2) — shows some of the terrain the robot will investigate in the future.
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Petrified Sand Dunes on Mars (Photo)
Petrified Sand Dunes on Mount Sharp
September 16th, 2015
A sweeping new panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover shows petrified sand dunes stretching across the jagged Mount Sharp on Mars.
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