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19 November 2013, 02:21 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is headed for a cluster of strange buttes that have been newly named in honor of Bruce Murray, a pioneer of planetary geology, who died earlier this year.
14 November 2013, 12:14 PM ET
The path the Mars Science Laboratory has taken, started in the plains of the Gale crater and ultimately will makes its way through rough roads on the way to a Mount Sharp climb. Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger explains.
12 November 2013, 06:34 PM ET
The car-size Curiosity rover went into safe mode Thursday, a few hours after receiving a software update from its handlers on Earth. But mission engineers identified and fixed the problem, allowing Curiosity to resume normal operations on Sunday.
11 November 2013, 05:37 PM ET
Curiosity rebooted its software on Thursday, shortly after its handlers had uploaded new flight software to the 1-ton rover. It was the first time Curiosity had experienced such a fault-related reboot since landing on Mars in August 2012.
30 October 2013, 02:46 PM ET
On Monday, Curiosity took some scouting photos of an outcrop called "Cooperstown" from about 262 feet (80 meters) away. Researchers plan to investigate Cooperstown soon, putting the rover's arm-mounted science gear to use for the first time since Sept. 22
24 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
A prototype of Europe's planned ExoMars rover, dubbed Bridget by its control team, spent several days working in Chile as part of the Sample Field Acquisition Experiment with a Rover (SAFER) trial between Oct. 7 and 13.
19 October 2013, 10:12 AM ET
Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal.
17 October 2013, 11:10 AM ET
Planetary scientist Jim Bell recently shared nearly 10 years' worth of photos from NASA's Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, which have shed a great deal of light on the Red Planet's wetter and warmer past.
15 October 2013, 11:49 AM ET
A penny on Mars has grown rich with red dust while riding on a NASA rover. NASA officials recently revealed that the red cent is now covered in Mars dust, despite being mounted vertically on the space agency's Curiosity rover for the past 14 months.
27 September 2013, 12:47 PM ET
A toxic chemical in Martian dirt may obscure scientists' search for extraterrestrial life. Perchlorates on the Red Planet may cause reactions in Curiosity's soil samples that destroy organic compounds, researchers say.
26 September 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Future Mars explorers should be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight.
24 September 2013, 06:02 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover paused to examine a few rocks late last week, making the first of five planned science stops en route to the 3.4-mile-high Mount Sharp. The break was fruitful, returning further signs of long-ago flowing water.
20 September 2013, 11:23 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's navigation technology allows controllers to simply determine a destination and let the rover figure out how to drive there. The software searches for obstacles and holes, then safely avoids them.
11 September 2013, 11:27 AM ET
TextureCam, a technology whose development is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is designed to take pictures of rocks in 3-D and prioritize the ones that are most scientifically interesting. The smart camera could be used on Mars or more distant lo
10 September 2013, 04:27 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity performed its longest one-day drive yet on Sept. 5, putting it within striking distance of an interesting patch of rocks called Waypoint 1 — a point on its approximately 5.3-mile (8.6 kilometer) trek that signifies the 1/5 poin
06 September 2013, 02:32 PM ET
NASA's Curiosity rover has captured two stunning videos of solar eclipses from the surface of Mars, including one that shows the Red Planet's skies darkening above the 1-ton robot. Curiosity recorded the eclipses on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20.
06 September 2013, 11:32 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of Mars' moon Phobos eclipsing the Sun on August 19th, 2013. It also captured the shadow cast by the eclipse.
05 September 2013, 08:37 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory had its sights set on the Sun when Phobos passed directly in front of it.
04 September 2013, 03:55 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a comparison of how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
30 August 2013, 11:14 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows part of a set of three images revealing views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
29 August 2013, 01:40 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has captured the sharpest-ever images of a solar eclipse as seen from the Red Planet. The 1-ton robot snapped pictures as Phobos, the larger of Mars' two tiny moons, blotted out much of the solar disk on Aug. 20.
29 August 2013, 08:20 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover used autonomous navigation for the first time on Tuesday. The robot will likely use this "autonav" capability more and more as it continues the long trek toward the base of Mars' huge Mount Sharp, NASA officials said.
15 August 2013, 05:57 PM ET
Curiosity snapped the 41 images that comprise the 30-second video on Aug. 1, becoming the first robot ever to capture a view of the two satellites — called Phobos and Deimos — eclipsing each other from the Martian surface.
15 August 2013, 05:14 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory used its Mast Camera to photograph the larger moon Phobos occult the smaller Deimos. 41 images taken on Aug. 1st, 2013 are compiled and time-lapsed (real-time was 55 seconds).
07 August 2013, 01:42 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory team talks about what was exciting to them about year one on Mars and what the future has to offer.
07 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
It’s been a year since NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars, and the mission's science and engineering teams celebrated the occasion in style here at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday (Aug. 5).
06 August 2013, 03:33 PM ET
In its first year on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has made discoveries that should help pave the way for human missions to the Red Planet in the next few decades. The robot's landing success and radiation measurements should be key, Charles Bolden said.
06 August 2013, 12:24 PM ET
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet on Aug. 5, 2012 in a dazzling space engineering feat. One year later, the rover has found evidence that Mars was once habitable, had running water and more.
06 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Today NASA marks the one-year anniversary of Curiosity's dramatic landing, and you can watch the celebrations online. NASA officials, rover team members and astronauts will discuss the mission in two events, starting at 10:45 a.m.
06 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Grotzinger, a geologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, discusses the highlights of Curiosity's mission so far, what the rover may discover in the future and why it didn't set out for its main destination right away.
05 August 2013, 06:05 PM ET
As NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates one year on Mars, the space agency has begun final preparations for the launch of its next Red Planet mission later this year. The MAVEN spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday.
05 August 2013, 05:51 PM ET
In celebration of the Mars Science Laboratory's one year birthday on Mars, engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center used the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument to play Happy Birthday to Curiosity.
05 August 2013, 12:43 PM ET
NASA is marking the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars with a commemorative medal minted from metal used in the engineering of the robot explorer. The 1-ton, six-wheeled rover landed in Mars' Gale crater on the night of Aug. 5, 2012.
05 August 2013, 09:26 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory landed on the Red Planet on August 5th, 2012 (PDT). It went down a long road of testing and a long eight month flight to achieve its year one goals.
05 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
One year ago today, Curiosity survived its harrowing and unprecedented landing, setting off a series of celebrations around the world. The robot has since helped scientists determine that Mars could have supported microbial life long ago.
02 August 2013, 05:36 PM ET
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will mark its one-year anniversary on the Red Planet next week, and to celebrate the occasion, the space agency released a two-minute time-lapse video of the robot's first year of exploration.