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's Curiosity Rover Eyes Weird Rock On Mars
'Missoula' Rock Outcrop on Mars
July 28th, 2015
Measurements by Curiosity's rock-zapping ChemCam laser and another instrument revealed that a chunk of bedrock dubbed Elk contains high levels of silica and thus is a good candidate to preserve ancient organic molecules, if any exist in the area.
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Wheel Worries: Mars Rover Curiosity Dealing With Damage
Curiosity Wheel Image
July 6th, 2015
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity faces ongoing wheel wear and tear as it continues its trek across the rock-strewn Red Planet. Mission engineers are watching the wheels turn, keeping an eye on the dings and cracks that have begun to appear.
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Could 'Green Rust' Be A Catalyst For Martian Life?
The Mars Curiosity Rover has found signs of ancient water on Mars.
May 26th, 2015
Green rust could help living organisms on Mars extract energy from their environment. Scientists are working on ways of identifying green rust on the surface of the Red Planet.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Gives Advanced Sunspot Warning from Sun's Far Side
Sunspot forming
July 22nd, 2015
The Curiosity rover on Mars has turned its cameras skyward and found sunspots brewing on the far side of the sun, a view that's impossible to get from Earth.
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Happy New Year, Mars! NASA Toasts Martian Calendar Milestone
NASA is celebrating the New Year on Mars on June 19, 2015. One Mars year is 687 days long, nearly twice the time of an Earth year, due to Mars' longer orbit around the sun.
June 19th, 2015
It's New Year's Day on the Red Planet today and NASA is celebrating in style with an epic three-day party in Mars itself … Mars, Pennsylvania, that is.
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Did Curiosity Rover Cause Mars' Mysterious Methane Spike?
Methane on Mars Rover
May 25th, 2015
A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA's rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team.
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Curiosity Rover Sees Stunning Blue-Tinted Sunset on Mars (Video)
Curiosity Rover Sees Martian Sunset
May 11th, 2015
Curiosity captured the images, which mission team members combined into a Martian sunset video, with its Mast Camera between dust storms on April 15, NASA officials said.
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Did Ancient Mars Have Continents?
Mars with water
July 16th, 2015
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected Red Planet rocks similar to Earth's oldest continental crust. The discovery suggests that ancient Mars may have been more similar to ancient Earth than previously thought, researchers said.
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How to Build a Smarter Mars Rover
TextureCam Test
June 5th, 2015
Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by Mars rovers and orbiters, which could dramatically improve the science they are able to perform in the search for habitable environments.
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Slippery Slopes on Mars Send Curiosity Rover on Detour
Rough Terrain Ahead of Curiosity Rover
May 23rd, 2015
The Curiosity team mapped out a new route to some interesting rocks using images captured by Curiosity and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the Red Planet since 2006.
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