20 November 2008, 12:27 PM ET
High level of sensitivity makes contamination control challenging.
20 November 2008, 10:16 AM ET
NASA reduces list of potential landing sites for Mars Science Laboratory to four spots.
19 November 2008, 01:23 PM ET
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will leave a $2 million experiment behind.
13 November 2008, 10:52 AM ET
Detecting water underground does not require a magical stick.
11 November 2008, 01:38 PM ET
Despite its early demise, Phoenix Mars Lander gathered trove of new data.
10 October 2008, 04:24 PM ET
NASA is committed to a 2009 launch for its over-budget Mars Science Lab rover.
16 September 2008, 08:30 AM ET
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory lands with its "Sky Crane" system, zaps rocks with laser.
02 July 2008, 12:09 AM ET
Future robots may cooperatively explore alien worlds.
05 June 2008, 06:59 AM ET
Contamination of a Mars spacecraft might lead to a false detection of life.
04 June 2008, 07:00 AM ET
Two rovers, one American, one European, and a probe to Phobos slated through next decade.
01 June 2008, 08:00 PM ET
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory roams Martian surface, drills samples from rocks.
17 April 2008, 06:41 AM ET
A flotilla of space probes is heading to Mars.
06 March 2008, 01:58 PM ET
NASA is facing a plutonium shortage that may thwart future missions.
06 March 2008, 02:00 AM ET
An ancient Martian crater may have held a lake with conditions for life.
09 November 2007, 04:44 PM ET
Two instruments will return to NASA's Mars Science Lab mission.
10 October 2007, 05:36 PM ET
NASA scouts for Mars Science Laboratory landing sites with HiRISE.
26 July 2007, 07:00 AM ET
Proposals for a Mars sample return mission are not without controversy.
04 January 2007, 06:48 AM ET
There?s majesty on Mars. Through the lenses of two wheeled robots–Spirit and Opportunity–the red planet?s austere but stunning landscape has been captured in thousands of images relayed back to Earth.
29 November 2006, 06:39 AM ET
If NASA’s 2009 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) reaches the red planet’s surface in one piece, the agency will owe a debt of gratitude to the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane heavy-lift helicopter.
16 October 2006, 06:24 AM ET
NASA expects to decide by the end of the year whether to use conventional solar arrays or a nuclear battery to power the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory rover.
06 July 2006, 09:00 AM ET
NASA needs to rethink its Mars exploration plans after 2010 given new understandings about the red planet and likely funding levels in the coming years, according to a report just out from a panel of outside experts.
07 June 2006, 06:43 AM ET
PASADENA, California – Picking where to land the next wheeled robot on Mars is a formidable task – but plunking down a $1.5 billion rover on the planet safe, sound and ready for prime-time science is also a daunting job.
31 May 2006, 09:33 AM ET
PASADENA, California – When NASA’s next wheeled robot – the Mars Science Laboratory – rockets skyward in 2009, the mega-rover will carry the largest, most sophisticated array of science gear ever shot to the martian surface.
18 January 2006, 06:50 AM ET
The next wheels on the red planet will belong to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) – a huge step in how that planet is further poked, probed, and more fully plumbed for new information.