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's month of freedom on the Red Planet is over.
The nine-year-old robot has resumed science operations on the Red Planet.
Each mosaic was stitched together using at least 20 images taken by the rover itself.
The robot's handlers have prepared commands designed to get things back to normal.
NASA had been splitting costs with the U.S. Deparment of Energy.
Curiosity has been busy since landing on the Red Planet last August.
The roving Mars Science Lab's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument tested for levels of the gas Argon in the atmosphere. Those levels indicate the Red Planet once had a more robust atmosphere, confirming what scientists previously thought.
No commands will be sent to all four active NASA Mars explorers for the next few weeks.
The new results from NASA's Curiosity rover bolster longstanding suspicions about the Red Planet's air.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the unexpected views of Curiosity's huge parachute from space.
Mars is on the other side of the sun from Earth, making communications difficult.
Curiosity may have found traces of salty perchlorates in Rocknest, a potential hint of life's building blocks.
Curiosity has been busy since landing on the Red Planet on Aug. 5, 2012.
Curiosity had been recovering from a memory issue since late February.
The Caltech Space Challenge runs all week.