sixth_attempt Archive
22 August 2012, 03:57 PM ET
The Mars rover Curiosity's landing site is named "Bradbury Landing" after iconic author Ray Bradbury.
22 August 2012, 03:07 PM ET
Prior to rocketing to the red planet, Curiosity's Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) was tested at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM. Its laser fired at an iron pyrite crystal, first at 3Hz (pulses per second) then at 10 Hz.
22 August 2012, 01:31 PM ET
Raw photos from the Curiosity rover document its first Martian test drive on Aug. 22, 2012.
22 August 2012, 01:01 PM ET
Space agencies can learn from partnership failures like the ExoMars mission.
22 August 2012, 12:11 PM ET
Curiosity's colorful Adam Steltzer, Lead Engineer for Entry Descent and Landing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, narrates the complicated choreography required to land a big, heavy rover safely on the surface of Mars.
22 August 2012, 06:30 AM ET
A team of 16 people is in charge of driving the 1-ton Curiosity rover.
21 August 2012, 03:15 PM ET
The rover is in good health and will take a short test drive on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
21 August 2012, 10:22 AM ET
The university has operated JPL since 1958.
20 August 2012, 08:15 PM ET
Curiosity's 7-foot arm holds a suite of tools to explore Mars.
20 August 2012, 05:12 PM ET
See images from the Mars rover Curiosity's first Red Planet drive, which took place Aug. 22, 2012.
20 August 2012, 03:21 PM ET
Mars will be visible low in the western sky shortly after sunset.
20 August 2012, 01:11 PM ET
Lead scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory John Grotzinger discusses Curiosity's first destination; exposed bedrock in the alluvial plane near the rover's landing site. Scientists hope to confirm if water flowed there on an ancient Mars.
20 August 2012, 11:25 AM ET
NASA has a series of destinations planned for Curiosity, like the alluvial plain near the landing site and the base of Mount Sharp. But can 400 scientists not give in to the temptation to stop and examine every thing they see along the way?
20 August 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Curiosity is slated to turn its wheels for the first time Tuesday or Wednesday.
20 August 2012, 12:14 AM ET
The Curiosity rover fired 30 laser shots in 10 seconds to zap a rock on Mars.
18 August 2012, 12:25 PM ET
The photo shows Curiosity and the rim of Mars' huge Gale Crater.
17 August 2012, 04:01 PM ET
Curiosity could start blasting rocks this weekend.
17 August 2012, 03:47 PM ET
Pop star Britney Spears used Twitter to chat up NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
17 August 2012, 03:02 PM ET
NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi (Curiosity Flight Director) talks about this past weeks instrument check outs and panoramas and highlights activities coming up for the new Mars rover.
17 August 2012, 01:53 PM ET
See new images beamed back from Mars by Curiosity rover.
17 August 2012, 07:09 AM ET
Ferdowsi has worked on Curiosity's mission for almost nine years, but the world noticed him for his hairstyle.
16 August 2012, 05:05 PM ET
Not yet roving, but snapping away! During the new science laboratory's third day on Mars (Sol 3) Curiosity sent down high-res images of its surroundings from it's Mastcam.
16 August 2012, 04:32 PM ET
NASA will stream the 1:30 p.m. ET update on Mars rover Curiosity live online.
16 August 2012, 11:34 AM ET
The video takes a different spin on LMFAO's hit song "Sexy and I Know It."
15 August 2012, 12:10 PM ET
Images from a European Mars satellite helped make Curiosity's touchdown last week the most precise landing on the Red Planet yet.
15 August 2012, 11:44 AM ET
The Milky Way arches across this rare 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope in this amazing desktop wallpaper.
15 August 2012, 09:57 AM ET
The photo was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which circles the Red Planet.
15 August 2012, 06:47 AM ET
The 1-ton robot has an energy-saving 'dream mode,' researchers revealed Tuesday.
14 August 2012, 06:22 PM ET
The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft recorded Curiosity's radio signals.
14 August 2012, 05:45 PM ET
ESA's Mars Express orbiter set its radio antenna to hear the descent of the Mars Science Laboratory. The resulting signal was converted to human-rated audio: MSL's 20-minute entry is compressed to 19 seconds.
14 August 2012, 03:05 PM ET
The huge NASA rover has its driving software loaded up for its first drive next week.
14 August 2012, 01:45 AM ET
In this space wallpaper, Gale Crater is 154 km wide and is located at latitude 5.4 degrees south and longitude 137.9 degrees east.
13 August 2012, 02:35 PM ET
Scientists pieced the 79 pictures into a mosaic.
13 August 2012, 11:38 AM ET
Praise from the President of the United States – and a joke about Flight Director Bobak Ferdowsi viral hair style – were bestowed on the Mars Science Laboratory team. Pres. Obama underlined the programs importance for science and education.
13 August 2012, 11:02 AM ET
President Barack Obama hailed NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team's landing as "mind-boggling."
13 August 2012, 09:50 AM ET
President Obama will congratulate the scientists who landed the Curiosity rover on Mars last week.