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 space agency will dole out a total of $2.7 million in awards.
It's time for human and robotic exploration to work together, officials say.
Using the rover's drill (the first brought to Mars) and scoop, mission scientists, like CalTech’s John Grotzinger, may better understand Mars’ water story as written in its minerals. Curiosity will drill for that history as it climbs Mount Sharp.
Engineers mounted a 1909 penny is mounted on the rover for calibration purposes. The Curiosity team laboring on Mars time is explained.
Curiosity's commissioning phase will be complete in the next day or so.
The Mars rover update begins at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).
The photo looks hazy because the dust cover on MAHLI was closed at the time.
Glavin works on the Mars rover Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM.
Curiosity is snapping spectacular self portraits on the surface of Mars.
The left eye of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the camera on the rover's arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) in this space wallpaper.
New Mars photos show the Curiosity rover's tracks and parachute from space.
See amazing photos of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover from its first month on the Red Planet.
After one month on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is shifting into Martian science gear.
The Mars rover Curiosity is going strong on the Red Planet.
MSL Flight Director Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi recaps Curiosity's week of messages from Mars and shows off the morse code of 'JPL' he shaved on the side of his head, just like the code left behind by the Curiosity rover's tire tracks.
Part of Curiosity's Martian mission is to determine if methane is still being created on Mars. It might be tectonic activity deep underground, but it's also possible that something living beneath the martian surface could be creating the gas.
Tracks from the six-wheeled robot's historic first test drive on Mars.
Mission controller-turned-celebrity Bobak Ferdowsi will host a program on internet radio.