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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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' 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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'Floating Spoon' on Mars Is Just a Weird Rock, But Still Awesome
Is that really a floating spoon on Mars? No, but this photo from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity this week does show a weird rock that looks like a floating spoon. It was likely sculpted by Martian winds, NASA says.
September 3rd, 2015
A so-called "floating spoon" on Mars spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover is cooking up a storm on the Internet, but it's actually a cool rock formation sculpted over time by the Martian winds, officials with the space agency say.
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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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