sixth_attempt Archive
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.
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.