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Mars Rover Curiosity

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Mario Livio | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The question of whether extraterrestrial life exists (and in particular "intelligent" ET life) is arguably one of the most intriguing questions today. The discovery of ET life would constitute a revolution rivaling the Copernican revolution in magnitude. Here is a brief status report.

Has Mars Rover Made Major Discovery?

Posted 11.21.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/20/2012 01:35 PM EST on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history bo...

Rover Gobbles First Bite Of Red Planet Dirt

Posted 11.14.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 11/14/2012 07:35 AM EST on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered the first Martian dirt sample to i...

Rover Team 'Glad' For Martian Time Shift

Posted 11.10.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 11/09/2012 08:17 AM EST on The mission controllers overseeing NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are finally swit...

What Are Heroes Made of?

Lorie Karnath | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Lorie Karnath

Heroes such as imagined by the ancient Greeks, and exemplified by individuals like Neil Armstrong -- whose actions shift paradigms and extend horizons -- are proving increasingly difficult to come by. At a number of levels this is due to the development of new technologies.

Rover's Analysis Of Martian Soil Yields Major Surprise

AP | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science

PASADENA, Calif. -- Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna ...

The Invisible Threat

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.15.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

The audacity and ingenuity we've applied to the red planet can and should be applied to the blue one.

Mar Rover Finds Bright Object On Mars' Surface

AP | Posted 12.09.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES — NASA officials say the Curiosity rover has made its first scoop of the surface of planet Mars and has detected a bright object on ...

The Story of Jake and a Rock on Mars

William J. Clancey | Posted 11.28.2012 | Science
William J. Clancey

Jake Matijevic, a mathematician-turned-rover-engineer who played an important role in the design of the Mars Science Laboratory, now appears in Wikipedia as "Jake Matijevic (rock). Who was Jake and what's so important about this rock that he would be honored in this way?

Photos Of Ancient Stream On Mars Released

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 09.27.2012 | Science

NASA said on Thursday that it has found evidence of an ancient stream that once existed on Mars. Water was once flowing in the area the Mars Curios...

Mars Rover Makes Two Mission Firsts, Says 'I Did A Science!'

Posted 09.25.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 09/24/2012 10:44 PM EDT on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reached out and touched a Martian rock with its huge r...

Weird Rock To Get Close Look From Mars Rover

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.24.2012 | Science

Curiosity's robotic arm is set to get its first workout. It's been tasked with examining a football-sized rock whose odd pyramidal shape caught the ey...

LOOK: New Mars Rover Images Released

Posted 09.11.2012 | Science

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity has beamed back another set of photos from the red planet, including several detailed self-portraits. The photos, whic...

This Is How We Walk on the Moon

Kevin Hansen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Kevin Hansen

If the U.S. seeks to send a manned space mission to Mars or reach similar such milestones by the end of the 2020s -- or sooner -- it need provide no more than it did in the 1960s: funding, political will, and presidential accountability.

LOOK: Mars Rover Tracks Visible From Space

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.06.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars, in a way so big that it can be seen from space. In just one month, it's dr...

A Scientist with a Mohawk Inspires the Next Generation

Eva Glettner | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

We paused the stream and confirmed that yes, this scientist, Bobak Ferdowsi, has a full-on mohawk. This meant so much to my somewhat apathetic-towards-science middle son. Science can be cool?

'It's Nice To See Some Martian Soil On Our Wheels'

AP | Posted 08.30.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- The Mars rover Curiosity is hitting the road. It headed east Tuesday, driving 52 feet toward a spot where it will use its robotic arm ...

We Need to Take One Giant Leap To Get Humans To Mars

Larry Atkins | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science
Larry Atkins

Yesterday, the Rover beamed back the first human voice from another planet, which was a prerecorded message from NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. Wake me up when we send humans.

We Believed We Could Touch the Sky

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.28.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Armstrong's death last week has evoked numerous gauzy tributes to his amazing courage. But romantic memories of that historic moment belie the real triumph for Armstrong, NASA, and our deeply conflicted nation of the late 1960's.

Letter to Gale Crater

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 10.24.2012 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

The story of our exploration of Mars is being written every day, and I look forward to seeing what you add, Curiosity!

Life on Mars? Searching for Signs in the Cosmos and on Earth

Randall Amster | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science
Randall Amster

Finding life on Mars would be an amazing discovery, one that I truly hope we realize -- not to alleviate the mundane trappings of our existence, but more so to bring their lessons into sharper focus.

Curiosity Takes Its First Drive On Mars

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science

PASADENA, Calif. — Curiosity took its first test drive around the gravel-strewn Martian terrain Wednesday, preparation for the ultimate road tri...

Rover Gets Ready For Make-Or-Break Maneuver

Posted 08.22.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 08/22/2012 06:47 AM EDT on Taking a 1-ton Mars rover out for a Red Planet spin may be an otherworldly adventu...

Mars Rover Zaps Rock With Laser

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 08.20.2012 | Science

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity fired its laser beam for the first time on Mars over the weekend, blasting a small rock called "Coronation" with 30 high-e...

LOOK: New Mars Rover Images Released

Posted 08.18.2012 | Science

NASA on Friday released the latest images to be sent back by the Mars Rover Curiosity, including a high-resolution self-portrait taken by the rover's ...