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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NASA Defends Science Plan for Mars Rover Curiosity
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity captured this self-portrait during April and May in 2014 during its second year on the Red Planet.
September 12th, 2014
NASA is staunchly defending the science plans for its flagship Mars rover Curiosity in the wake of a recent senior-level review that at times harshly criticized the mission's science operations.
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Curiosity Rover Packs Up Drill, Hits the Martian Road Again
Curiosity Doesn't Drill 'Bonanza King'
August 26th, 2014
Mission team members had been considering drilling a rock dubbed "Bonanza King" but scrapped the idea after pre-drilling activities suggested that the stone is not stable enough. Curiosity has instead resumed the long drive to the towering Mount Sharp.
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Curiosity Rover on Mars Stalled by 'Hidden Valley' Sand Trap
Curiosity Rover Backs out of Mars' Sandy 'Hidden Valley'
August 18th, 2014
The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp via Hidden Valley, a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. But Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley, finding the sand surprisingly slippery.
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'Thigh Bone' on Mars Is Just Another Rock, NASA Says
A rock spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars may look like a femur bone, but is actually just a weathered Martian rock formation.
August 23rd, 2014
A photo from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars set the Internet abuzz this week with claims that the robot had found a "thigh bone" on the Red Planet. But not so fast. That so-called bone? Just a weathered Martian rock, NASA officials say.
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Curiosity Rover on Mars Nears Rocks at Base of Giant Mountain (Photos)
Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'
August 4th, 2014
Curiosity, which landed inside Mars' huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, is just 1,650 feet from an outcrop that’s part of Mount Sharp, the 3.4-mile-high mountain that’s drawing Curiosity like a big, dusty beacon in the Red Planet sky.
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NASA Prepping Mars Probes, Rovers for Close Comet Flyby
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission
July 31st, 2014
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) is closing in on the Red Planet. At the same time, an interloper, comet Siding Spring, is also approaching.
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'Curiosity' (US 2014): Mars Rover Book Excerpt
'Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen'
September 10th, 2014
An excerpt from "Curiosity," Rod Pyle's new book about NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission.
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After 2 Years on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims for Huge Mountain
Mars Rover Curiosity Selfie
August 4th, 2014
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks two years on Mars Tuesday (Aug. 5). The rover's first two years have been full of big finds, and researchers are eager to see what Curiosity finds when it scales the foothills of the towering Mount Sharp.
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