Latest News About Mars Science Laboratory, NASA's Newest Mars Rover
The Mars rover Curiosity, also known as the Science Laboratory, will launch in late 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012.
The "Scarecrow" test rover went out to California's Mojave Desert last week.
Opportunity spent more than four months at its overwintering site.
The huge Curiosity rover is slated to land on Mars Aug. 5.
Curiosity lead scientist John Grotzinger took a group of reporters on a field trip to Death Valley.
Death Valley is a good place to learn about the new Mars rover's mission.
Mars missions often fail. The scientists and engineers behind NASA's Mars Science Laboratory explain the challenge of simply getting from Earth to the dusty plains of Mars.
The chief scientist for NASA's next Mars rover is taking a handful of journalists out to California's Death Valley.
The Curiosity rover will explore the huge mountain, which rises 3 miles above Mars' Gale Crater.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden fielded tough questions during a hearing on Capitol Hill today.
NASA officials hope the Curiosity rover helps convince lawmakers to fund planetary science more generously.
NASA is starting the planning process for its scaled-back robotic Mars exploration program.
The space agency will have to cut back on ambitious missions to Mars and other planets.
There's no room for multibillion-dollar exploration efforts in the current NASA budget.
Big-ticket "flagship" missions to the Red Planet are off the table, for now.
Money to explore new technology, but not that much for science: an overview of the Agency's annual ammunition.
The spacecraft once again has the Red Planet in its sights.
Funding cuts will probably force NASA to withdraw from the European-led ExoMars missions.
The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) aboard the Curiosity rover is collecting data while en route to the Mars. This will give important information of the effects of radiation from events such as solar storms on spacecraft and their contents