02/04/2013 03:50 pm ET Updated Apr 06, 2013

Dude, Where's My Mars Rover? (INTERACTIVE)

Still wondering how we blasted an SUV-sized robot to Mars last year? Curious what the Curiosity rover is doing up there right now?

In this newest explainer from Newsbound, we break down the goals of the current Mars mission and the fascinating machine that we just sent there. Take five minutes to click through it and you'll know all about nuclear batteries, the "Rocker-Bogie," and the "seven minutes of terror."

The explainer is published in Newsbound's stack format. To advance, use the arrow keys on your keyboard. If using a touchscreen device, just swipe the screen.

If you liked this format, check out our previous breakdown of the silent filibuster and the military-civilian gap. Additional explainers are available at