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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Walking on Mars: NASA, Microsoft Explore Red Planet with Wearable HoloLens
OnSight Holographic Planning Tool
January 23rd, 2015
NASA is planning to do science operations with the Curiosity rover using software co-developed with Microsoft for its new wearable technology, the HoloLens.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Snaps Amazing Selfie at Latest Drilling Site (Photo)
This selfie taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the vehicle at the "Mojave" drilling site in the foothills of Mount Sharp. The image is a composite of photos taken by Curiosity in late January 2015.
February 24th, 2015
The photo, which was released today (Feb. 24), is a composite of dozens of images taken in late January by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager. The mosaic provides a great view of the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of the huge Mount Sharp.
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How Can We Protect Mars from Earth Germs, While Searching for Life?
Dark Streaks in Coprates Chasma
February 11th, 2015
The search for life on Mars presents us with many challenges – not the least of which is microbial contamination. How do we ensure that microbes from Earth don't hitchhike all the way to the Red Planet and spread there?
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NASA's New Curiosity Rover Science Chief Takes Charge On Mars
Ashwin Vasavada, the newly announced program scientist for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. A full-scale model of the Curiosity rover flanks him.
January 21st, 2015
Ashwin Vasavada has taken over the top science slot for the Curiosity Mars rover mission, and is ready to climb Mount Sharp.
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Do Mars Rover Photos Show Potential Signs of Ancient Life?
Gillespie Lake Outcrop on Mars
January 7th, 2015
A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, but do not prove, that life may have existed ear
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Next Stop, Europa: Q&A with NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' Bobak Ferdowsi
"Mohawk Guy" Bobak Ferdowsi During Curiosity Rover's Landing
February 17th, 2015
Plans to visit Europa, Jupiter's icy moon with a subsurface ocean, just became a bit more concrete. Scientists think the planet is one of the top places in the solar system that could support alien life.
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Mars Fossils? Curiosity Rover Team Questions Report on Potential Microbe Traces
Geological Members of the Yellowknife Bay Formation
January 30th, 2015
Scientists on the Curiosity team have brought into question a recent report about potential trace fossils in the Mars rover's images of the Gillespie rock outcrop.
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Curiosity Rover Eyes Mars Rock 'Mojave' for Drilling
This photo — taken on Jan. 13, 2015 by one of the Curiosity Mars rover's hazard cameras — shows the rover in position for a mini-drill test on a rock target called "Mojave."
January 15th, 2015
The 1-ton Curiosity rover began conducting "mini-drill" tests on a rock dubbed Mojave this week, to assess the stone's suitability for a full-up drilling and sample-collection operation.
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