sixth_attempt Archive
06 June 2013, 11:26 AM ET
The Mars Science Lab drilled into a rock called 'Cumberland' on May 19th, 2013. The rover had a camera fixated on the task.
05 June 2013, 04:34 PM ET
Curiosity should depart for the base of Mount Sharp in a few weeks.
31 May 2013, 02:57 PM ET
Is it a rat? Or is it a rock? (It's a rock.)
31 May 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Traditional chemical rockets are too slow to keep crews safe in deep space.
30 May 2013, 12:29 PM ET
Students intent on building the next generation of Mars rovers learn about real-world challenges facing space organizations — funding, deadlines and the unexpected glitches.
29 May 2013, 10:48 AM ET
Professional programmer Karl Sanford wrote a program to compile images from Sol 0 (August 8th, 2012) through Sol 281 (May 21st, 2013) from the Mars Science Laboratory website.
28 May 2013, 12:22 PM ET
Curiosity has been busy since landing on the Red Planet on Aug. 5, 2012.
22 May 2013, 12:11 PM ET
The older cousin of Curiosity discovered a water-weathered rock hinting that Mars could have supported life in its ancient past.
20 May 2013, 04:06 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory has completed its second drill into the surface of the Red Planet. The drilling target was nicknamed 'Cumberland'.
20 May 2013, 03:03 PM ET
The 1-ton robot pulled samples from deep within a Martian rock for the second time ever.
20 May 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The project showcases the diversity of worlds in our solar system.
17 May 2013, 01:50 PM ET
Electric vehicles have no real competitors for the Martian market.
17 May 2013, 01:42 PM ET
The Mobile Science Lab flashes some complex moves to get rock samples from drill bit to baking chamber for chemical analysis (CHIMRA experiment).
10 May 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Mission scientists want to confirm the exciting results from the rover's first drilling operation.
08 May 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Curiosity should drill another rock within the next week or two.
06 May 2013, 03:40 PM ET
NASA's Curiosity rover should help clarify Mount Sharp's origins in the coming months.
02 May 2013, 06:00 PM ET
Curiosity's month of freedom on the Red Planet is over.
01 May 2013, 06:55 PM ET
The nine-year-old robot has resumed science operations on the Red Planet.
30 April 2013, 12:30 PM ET
Each mosaic was stitched together using at least 20 images taken by the rover itself.
29 April 2013, 07:52 PM ET
The robot's handlers have prepared commands designed to get things back to normal.
23 April 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA had been splitting costs with the U.S. Deparment of Energy.
15 April 2013, 10:51 AM ET
Curiosity has been busy since landing on the Red Planet last August.
12 April 2013, 01:53 PM ET
The roving Mars Science Lab's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument tested for levels of the gas Argon in the atmosphere. Those levels indicate the Red Planet once had a more robust atmosphere, confirming what scientists previously thought.
09 April 2013, 06:30 AM ET
No commands will be sent to all four active NASA Mars explorers for the next few weeks.
08 April 2013, 04:21 PM ET
The new results from NASA's Curiosity rover bolster longstanding suspicions about the Red Planet's air.
04 April 2013, 09:23 AM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the unexpected views of Curiosity's huge parachute from space.
04 April 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Mars is on the other side of the sun from Earth, making communications difficult.
01 April 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Curiosity may have found traces of salty perchlorates in Rocknest, a potential hint of life's building blocks.
26 March 2013, 01:47 PM ET
Curiosity had been recovering from a memory issue since late February.
25 March 2013, 04:46 PM ET
The Caltech Space Challenge runs all week.
22 March 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA won't send commands to its various Mars explorers for much of April.
19 March 2013, 07:11 PM ET
Curiosity has still not resumed science operations, however.
19 March 2013, 02:01 PM ET
The Department of Energy has made its first plutonium-238 in a quarter century.
18 March 2013, 03:18 PM ET
A minor computer error has sent Curiosity back into safe mode.
18 March 2013, 03:05 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper is a mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, which shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment.
18 March 2013, 01:42 PM ET
The 3-mile-high Mount Sharp is Curiosity's ultimate destination.