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 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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Zap! Laser Sparks Fly on Mars in Curiosity Rover Video
Laser Flash on Martian Rock
July 17th, 2014
On July 12, for the first time ever, Curiosity photographed sparks flying from a rock blasted by the 1-ton robot's laser-sampling instrument, known as ChemCam. You can watch a video of the laser flashes here.
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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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NASA Unveiling Instruments for 2020 Mars Rover Thursday: How to Watch Live
A sketch of the design for NASA's 2020 Mars rover, which will be based heavily on the agency's Curiosity rover. Agency officials will announce the 2020 rover's science instruments on July 31, 2014.
July 30th, 2014
Space agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here at, courtesy of NASA TV.
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