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.
01 August 2013, 02:32 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory landed on the Red Planet in August 2012. The imagery from August 2012 to July 2013, from the rover's Hazard-Avoidance camera, has been compiled to make this time-lapse.
31 July 2013, 03:43 PM ET
A gas planet about four times the size of Jupiter may be giant, but it's one of the smallest planets ever captured on camera, according to a new study.
31 July 2013, 01:44 PM ET
Future life-seeking missions on other worlds may be in for a tough time if all evidence of past or present life is below the surface. Researcher Jan Amend is studying microbes that live underground on Earth.
25 July 2013, 03:31 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
24 July 2013, 02:28 PM ET
A new photo by NASA's sharp-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the agency's Curiosity rover wrapping up work near its landing site before beginning the long trek to the huge and mysterious Mount Sharp, its ultimate science destination.
24 July 2013, 01:50 PM ET
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped imagery of the Mars Science Lab and the tracks its made on June 27th, 2013. The rover was studying its final Glenelg area target on the day of the photo-op.
24 July 2013, 06:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is really starting to stretch its legs on the Red Planet. The 1-ton robot made by far the longest drive of its nearly year-long surface mission on Sunday, traversing 329 feet of Martian terrain.
18 July 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Mars is not a nice place to live. New data collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and studies of ancient Martian meteorites show that Mars' atmosphere probably hasn't changed very much in about 4 billion years.