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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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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Mars Rover Curiosity Mission Gets New Science Chief
Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has succeeded John Grotzinger as the Curiosity rover mission's chief scientist.
January 6th, 2015
Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has succeeded John Grotzinger as Curiosity project scientist, agency officials announced Monday (Jan. 5).
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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 Microbe Traces Spotted by Rover? Probably Not, Curiosity Team Says
Mars' Gillespie Lake outcrop on Mars — shown here in a photo taken by NASA's Curiosity rover — shows possible signs of ancient microbially induced sedimentary structures, according to a recent study. But Curiosity scientists say the features likely result
January 9th, 2015
Intriguing features photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity probably don't have a biological origin, mission team members say.
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Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers Worrying Bouts of 'Amnesia'
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity captured this self portrait on March 22, 2014.
December 31st, 2014
Problems with NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's flash memory have intensified over recent weeks, so Discovery News Space Producer Ian O'Neill spoke with NASA Project Manager John Callas about the severity of the glitches.
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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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Mars Rover Curiosity Stars in Discovery Channel Special Tonight (Exclusive Clip)
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, seen here in a self portrait, has made major discoveries on the surface of the Red Planet. The Discovery Channel will chronicle the mission in Red Planet Rover, airing Dec. 18 at 10 pm ET/PT.
December 18th, 2014
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made some amazing recent discoveries on the Red Planet. The Discovery Channel documentary 'Red Planet Rover' will chronicle those finds tonight at 10 pm ET/PT.
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