sixth_attempt Archive
26 August 2014, 05:45 PM ET
Mission team members had been considering drilling a rock dubbed "Bonanza King" but scrapped the idea after pre-drilling activities suggested that the stone is not stable enough. Curiosity has instead resumed the long drive to the towering Mount Sharp.
23 August 2014, 09:28 AM ET
A photo from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars set the Internet abuzz this week with claims that the robot had found a "thigh bone" on the Red Planet. But not so fast. That so-called bone? Just a weathered Martian rock, NASA officials say.
18 August 2014, 03:38 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp via Hidden Valley, a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. But Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley, finding the sand surprisingly slippery.
05 August 2014, 01:01 AM ET
Curiosity, which landed inside Mars' huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, is just 1,650 feet from an outcrop that’s part of Mount Sharp, the 3.4-mile-high mountain that’s drawing Curiosity like a big, dusty beacon in the Red Planet sky.
04 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks two years on Mars Tuesday (Aug. 5). The rover's first two years have been full of big finds, and researchers are eager to see what Curiosity finds when it scales the foothills of the towering Mount Sharp.
31 July 2014, 02:41 PM ET
See photos and images of NASA's next Mars rover, a 1-ton robot launching toward the Red Planet in 2020.
31 July 2014, 07:35 AM ET
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) is closing in on the Red Planet. At the same time, an interloper, comet Siding Spring, is also approaching.
30 July 2014, 07:29 PM ET
Space agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
25 July 2014, 11:27 AM ET
Curiosity has just crossed out of its landing ellipse, the 12- by 4-mile(19 by 7 kilometers) zone targeted for its August 2012 touchdown and is now moving toward an increasingly challenging landscape called the Zabriskie Plateau.
17 July 2014, 06:50 AM ET
On July 12, for the first time ever, Curiosity photographed sparks flying from a rock blasted by the 1-ton robot's laser-sampling instrument, known as ChemCam. You can watch a video of the laser flashes here.
16 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's ChemCam instrument fires its laser at rocks to analyze its composition and clear away dust. A recent firing produced sparks when hitting a rock.
15 July 2014, 07:09 PM ET
Talk about a speed bump. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered its first meteorite on the Red Planet, and it's no puny space rock. See the Martian meteorite photos here.
12 July 2014, 08:01 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has now cruised out of its landing ellipse, the area — about 4 miles wide by 12 miles long (7 by 20 kilometers) — regarded as safe ground for its August 2012 touchdown within Mars' huge Gale Crater, NASA officials said.
09 July 2014, 07:32 AM ET
If there were mechanics on Mars, NASA may have taken the Curiosity rover into the shop by now. The 1-ton robot has accumulated quite a bit of wheel damage since touching down inside Gale Crater in August 2012.
24 June 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Curiosity wraps up its 687th day on Mars today (June 24), NASA officials said, meaning the 1-ton robot has completed one lap around the sun on the Red Planet.
23 June 2014, 02:46 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory has completed one Martian year (687 Earth days) working on the Red Planet. Its recent work, latest-self portrait and wheel damage work-arounds are discussed.
11 June 2014, 12:53 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has photographed Mercury crossing the face of the sun, marking the first time such a planetary "transit" has ever been imaged from the surface of a planet other than Earth.
10 June 2014, 06:32 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's Mast Camera captured the planet on June 3rd, 2014. This is the first time a planet has been captured transiting the Sun from a planet other than Earth. Two sunspots were also seen. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/s0ZLUu
05 June 2014, 03:33 AM ET
NASA's next Curiosity-class rover blends old and new approaches to innovative tech.
27 May 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The future of manned space exporation is bright, according to a former astronaut and a NASA engineer. Humans may one day tread across some of the alien worlds that today can be studied only at a distance.
20 May 2014, 01:30 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has finished its third-ever drilling operation and will soon resume the long drive toward the base of Mount Sharp, which has long been its ultimate destination, mission officials said.
06 May 2014, 03:18 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover bored into a slab of Martian sandstone dubbed "Windjana" on Monday evening (May 5). Curiosity will use its scientific instruments to analyze the powder collected during this drilling operation in the coming days.
29 April 2014, 11:01 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has spent the past few days studying a Martian sandstone slab, assessing whether or not to break out its drill and collect samples from the rock's interior.
17 April 2014, 06:10 PM ET
A spacecraft circling the Red Planet has spotted NASA's Mars rover Curiosity hard at work on the Martian surface.
09 April 2014, 05:17 PM ET
This is not the first time that people have seen more in Curiosity's images than is actually there. In September 2012, for example, the rover photographed a landscape that appeared to contain a rodent crouching between two rocks.
08 April 2014, 05:41 PM ET
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun science operations in a new area of study nicknamed “the Kimberly” after the Western Australian region.
08 April 2014, 02:30 PM ET
Though UFO enthusiasts may beg to differ, mission team members say that a bright flash of light visible in two images taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and April 3 almost certainly has a perfectly ordinary explanation.
08 April 2014, 01:21 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory photographed what appears to be a beam of light emanating from the surface of the Red Planet on April 3rd, 2014. NASA has yet to make an announcement on what it may be.
06 April 2014, 08:36 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover trundled 98 feet (30 meters) on Wednesday (April 2), topping a small hill that affords a good view of the surrounding area, which the mission team has dubbed "the Kimberley," officials said.
25 March 2014, 02:27 PM ET
Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this space wallpaper recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called "the Kimberley."
25 March 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Curiosity is just 282 feet north of a site called "the Kimberley," where four different types of terrain intersect. The rover's handlers are keen to study the Kimberley rocks and may even break out Curiosity's sample-collecting drill at the site.
28 February 2014, 07:26 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has taken some dazzling new photos of the Red Planet landscape, showing in sharp detail where it's been and the long road ahead, which leads to the base of a 3.4-mile-high mountain.
21 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The maneuver was designed to test out a strategy for reducing wear on the robot's six metal wheels, which have accumulated dings and holes at an increasing rate over the last few months, NASA officials said.
19 February 2014, 03:45 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity rolled past 5 kilometers on the Red Planet last week, and many people who work at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory went on a 5K run to celebrate.
18 February 2014, 04:17 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory recently crossed a sand dune called Dingo Gap, leaving behind a terrain full of sharp, well cemented rocks on its way past 5,000 meters traveled on the martian surface.
18 February 2014, 04:02 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has given scientists their best-ever look at the radiation environment astronauts would experience during a Red Planet mission.