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 Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photo)
MRO Spots Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Artist's Drive'
April 24th, 2015
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a photo on April 8 that shows the car-size Curiosity rover cruising through a valley called Artist's Drive in the foothills of Mount Sharp.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Spots 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Rocks (Photos)
This photo, taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on March 18, 2015, shows a network of two-tone mineral veins at an area called "Garden City" in the foothills of Mount Sharp.
April 2nd, 2015
The rocks, which lie at a site dubbed Garden City near the base of the 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) Mount Sharp, harbor ridges up to 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) tall that are composed of bright and dark mineral veins.
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Mars Life Search: Iron-Rich Rocks Could Be Key
Curiosity Drills Holes on Mars
April 24th, 2015
A study of Yellowstone's hot springs has revealed new clues about how organic materials might get preserved in similar environments on the Red Planet, bettering our chances of finding possible signs of life.
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The Scars on Mars from the Curiosity Rover Landing Are Healing (Video)
This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the blast zone created by the Curiosity rover's "sky crane" descent stage as it appeared in August 2012, just after Curiosity touched down.
April 1st, 2015
The scars inflicted during the Curiosity rover mission's 2012 landing faded steadily for about two years, but the pace slackened thereafter, and some appear even to be darkening again, researchers said.
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More Ingredients for Life Identified on Mars
Mars Rover Curiosity Self-Portrait at John Klein Site
March 23rd, 2015
Nitrogen was available on ancient Mars in a form that microbes could have used to build key biomolecules, and atmospheric carbon monoxide has been a feasible energy source for life throughout the Red Planet's history, two new studies suggest.
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NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars Sidelined By 'Short Circuit' Glitch
This raw-color image captured by the Mars rover Curiosity's Mastcam shows the robot's drill just after finishing a drilling operation at an outcrop called Telegraph Peak on Feb. 24, 2015.
March 4th, 2015
The car-size Curiosity rover suffered a "transient short circuit" on Feb. 27 while it was transferring sample powder from its robotic arm to instruments on the robot's body, NASA officials said.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Runs 10K on Red Planet
Curiosity Rover's View at 10 Kilometers of Driving Distance
April 17th, 2015
A 208-foot-long (65 meters) drive on Thursday (April 16) pushed the car-size Curiosity rover's odometer past 10 kilometers (6.21 miles), NASA officials said.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Hits the Road Again After Short Circuit
This area at the base of Mars' Mount Sharp includes a pale outcrop called "Pahrump Hills," which NASA's Curiosity rover investigated from September 2014 to March 2015, and a route toward higher layers of the mountain called "Artist's Drive."
March 13th, 2015
Curiosity transferred powdered rock sample from its robotic arm to an analytical instrument on its body on Wednesday (March 11), and then drove about 33 feet (10 meters) toward the southwest on Thursday (March 12), NASA officials said.
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