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Mars Science Laboratory

Mars Rover Curiosity Gets Smarter

Rod Pyle | Posted 07.28.2016 | Science
Rod Pyle

Curiosity has gotten smarter: the Mars rover now has the capability to select ChemCam laser targets autonomously, allowing the four year-old prospector to choose its own targets for remote evaluation.

The Great Martian Mystery Revealed... Sort of

Rod Pyle | Posted 02.04.2013 | Science
Rod Pyle

We are dealing with the beginnings of what could end up being life, or pre-life, or at least simple organics on Mars. Whether the agency will step up to the plate and properly seize this priceless moment is an open question.

Mars Rover Finding Revealed By Space Agency

Posted 12.03.2012 | Science

A team of scientists announced on Monday that the Mars Rover Curiosity had found evidence of organic compounds on the Red Planet. Martian soil samp...

Rover Report Is Big Disappointment For E.T. Hunters

Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/02/2012 02:42 PM EDT on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected no methane in its first analyses of the M...

Reading the History of the Universe

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

When I got an email saying that Dr. Charles Elachi would be speaking at MIT on September 17th, I knew I didn't want to miss it.

Paul Brady

What's Up With Those Circular Marks On Curiosity? | Paul Brady | Posted 09.01.2012 | Science

It's a question that's vexed casual observers, Mars lovers, even curious Redditors and computer engineers: What the heck are those circular markings a...

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!

Meet NASA's Viral Mohawk Guy, Bobak Ferdowsi (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.06.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

I caught up with Bobak to learn more about his rise to online stardom, his eccentric hairstyles, and, of course, what it takes to land on Mars.

Artist Creates Futuristic Mars Tribute To 'Curiosity'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.23.2012 | Arts

This month marks the successful landing of NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity. With aims of assessing Mars' ability to sustain life forms, the rover has jus...

RECAP: Rover Lands On Mars

Posted 08.07.2012 | Science

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, completing a 354-million-mile journey, and marking the beginning of a n...

PHOTOS: 12 Mind-Blowing Images Of Mars

Rod Pyle | Posted 10.04.2012 | Home
Rod Pyle

Let's take a look back at our discoveries about Mars and the many missions of NASA and others that have brought us to this amazing time in history.

Cara Santa Maria

He's Doing It For His Daughters | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.06.2012 | Science

If NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finds biochemical evidence of life on Mars when it touches down on Sunday, August 5th at 10:31 pm PST, the world's unde...

Huge New Rover Has Some Amazing Abilities

Posted 07.20.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 07/20/2012 07:30 AM EDT on When NASA's newest rover, Curiosity, reaches Mars in about three weeks, it will ...

Mars Is Getting Big in the Windshield...

Jim Bell | Posted 09.16.2012 | Science
Jim Bell

About eight months ago, a NASA Atlas V rocket launched the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity toward its August 5 encounter with the Red Planet. Now, just a few weeks before the rover is set to land, people are starting to get nervous and excited.

TONIGHT: Watch Moon, Mars Do Celestial Dance

Posted 05.28.2012 | Science

By: Joe Rao Published: 05/27/2012 07:13 AM EDT on Monday evening will bring us a first quarter moon, offering U.S. skywatchers a chance ...

My Friend, Mars Curiosity

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 01.26.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

The journey to the launch pad is over, but Curiosity's mission is just beginning. In August, she will arrive at Gale Crater, and I know I'll be watching as she descends through the Martian atmosphere.

Mars Science Laboratory -- Product vs. Process

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

It has often seemed over the years that there are two government space programs. One is bold and experimental in its style and approach, giving me and the millions of other Americans who are paying for this something for our money.

WATCH: How The $2.5 billion Mars Rover Will Get To The Red Planet

The Huffington Post | Tim Stenovec | Posted 11.23.2011 | Technology

If all goes according to plan on Saturday, a rocket carrying Curiosity, NASA's car-sized rover, will blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florid...

One Week Until Rover Blasts Off For Mars

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.17.2011 | Technology

The day after Thanksgiving, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), NASA's car-sized, nuclear-powered rover called Curiosity, will blast off for a nine-mon...