19 May 2011, 10:21 AM ET
Touchdown sites for the roving science lab Curiosity are based on what they can contribute to decoding the history of water: Why was Mars once so wet and is now so dry?
10 May 2011, 08:00 AM ET
A Q&A with Pete Theisinger, mananger of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will drop a car-sized rover onto the Red Planet in August 2012.
12 April 2011, 12:57 PM ET
The roving Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" will attempt a unique landing on the Red Planet in 2012, seen in this dramatic animation + a look at some of the mission's science.
07 April 2011, 10:21 AM ET
NASA is close to deciding on a landing site for its Curiosity Mars rover, a nuclear-powered mega-robot.
28 March 2011, 03:57 PM ET
Builders of the 3-D camera simply ran out of time to finish the system and pack it on the new rover.
10 March 2011, 03:49 PM ET
Analog trials like this will help prepare scientists and their gear for real missions to the Red Planet.
03 February 2011, 07:00 PM ET
NASA needs another $82 million to complete its next Mars rover, now almost $2.5 billion.
18 January 2011, 11:17 AM ET
Future research on the Red Planet will focus on searching for signs of alien organisms.
06 January 2011, 04:58 PM ET
NASA's Viking landers may have detected life's building blocks on Mars after all, study suggests. The study found that the soil likely contains organics, which can have biological or nonbiological origins.
01 January 2011, 10:20 AM ET
A Q & A with John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover project manager, about the achievements and legacy of NASA's twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which dropped onto the Red Planet in January 2004.
13 December 2010, 05:19 PM ET
NASA's next Mars rover is living up to its name. More than one million people have logged on to watch "Curiosity" come together since a live webcam went online in October.
28 September 2010, 07:57 AM ET
NASA's next-generation Mars rover is limbering up before its 2011 launch, trying out its wheels and stretching its new robotic arm.
28 September 2010, 07:57 AM ET
NASA's next Mars rover, the car-sized Curiosity, is gearing up for its 2011 launch piece by piece. Here is some basic information about Curiosity and its $2.3 billion mission.
13 September 2010, 08:07 AM ET
NASA's Viking Mars landers may actually have detected carbon-based chemicals — the building blocks of life as we know it — in the 1970s.
30 July 2010, 02:39 PM ET
NASA has added a video camera to its next Mars rover to take viewers on Earth along for a ride when it lands on the Martian surface.
23 July 2010, 06:29 PM ET
NASA's next-generation Mars rover, Curiosity, took its first baby steps on Earth today, making two slow drives forward and back on the floor of the clean room where it is being constructed.
08 July 2010, 03:48 PM ET
NASA's next Mars rover just got a new set of wheels and an innovative suspension system in preparation for its journey to the red planet.
15 June 2010, 07:47 AM ET
The latest Mars robot may be dead, but NASA scientists have plenty to keep them busy as they scout out four potential stomping grounds for an ambitious new rover pegged to be the next red planet explorer.
10 May 2010, 09:19 AM ET
As scientists continue their ongoing search for life on Mars, a new study examines whether bacterial organisms from Earth that hitch a ride on spacecraft could potentially contaminate science and exploration on the red planet.
30 April 2010, 11:58 AM ET
Director James Cameron has convinced NASA to mount a 3-D camera on top of the Mars rover Curiosity's mast for its mission, set to launch in 2011. Cameron believes including a camera with 3-D capabilities will help engage the public and generate more excit
30 April 2010, 05:42 AM ET
Today marks the day that Spirit takes over the record of longest-running Mars mission if she wakes up from her winter hibernation.
26 April 2010, 07:23 AM ET
This week, the Mars rover Spirit could break Viking 1's record for longest-running Mars surface mission.
09 April 2010, 05:53 PM ET
NASA has just received two science cameras, the latest models of the Mars Rover's Mastcams. The fixed focal length cameras will provide full color images and high-definition video.
31 March 2010, 07:09 AM ET
A minor glitch with the nuclear power plant of NASA's ambitious Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity has not derailed its planned 2011 launch.
29 March 2010, 02:11 PM ET
JPL Director Charles Elachi's team works to remove risks on any one mission by designing systems that solve the problems and reduce the costs of future flights.
29 March 2010, 02:09 PM ET
It's "build a little; test a lot," inside the Clean Room at JPL as we witness assembly of the 1-ton Mars Science Laboratory rover "Curiosity".
03 December 2009, 08:44 AM ET
When robotic spacecraft someday bring a sample of Mars back to Earth, scientists will need specially-designed facilities that will prevent the samples from escaping to the outside world.
19 June 2009, 04:09 PM ET
The largest heat shield ever built for a probe bound for Mars is ready for the new rover Curiosity.
15 June 2009, 01:18 PM ET
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory assemble Curiosity rover, work out remaining kinks.
27 May 2009, 10:49 AM ET
NASA’s next rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, finally has its new name: Curiosity.
16 April 2009, 04:25 PM ET
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's parachute passes wind tunnel flight testing.
23 March 2009, 01:41 PM ET
Vote to name NASA's Mars Science Laboratory robotic explorer.
05 December 2008, 01:15 PM ET
MSL rover's delay could impact other programs, is symptom of NASA budget overruns.
04 December 2008, 12:25 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory mission, originally slated to launch next year, has been delayed until 2011, NASA announced today.
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.