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NASA's Curiosity Rover Touches Down on Mars

The car-size Curiosity rover could help answer the big question: Was Mars ever habitable?

  • August 6, 2012

Curiosity Leaves Earth for Mars

The newest Mars rover, Curiosity, dwarfs NASA's previous rovers in size and scientific prowess. John Matson reports

November 28, 2011

The Countdown, Episode 1: Earliest Spiral Galaxy, Earth as Art, the Pioneer Anomaly, a Rocket-Loving Gopher, 7 Minutes of Terror

Welcome to The Countdown, the Scientific American show that counts down the five coolest things happening now in space news.Episode 1: July 26, 2012 Story 5 Galaxies from the early universe usually look kind of lumpy or blobby, but scientists have spotted one with a spiral structure, making it look a lot like our own Milky Way galaxy.See Primordial Pinwheel: Astronomers Spot Oldest Prominent Spiral Galaxy Yet.

July 26, 2012 — Philip Yam

Skiing To Mars: The Original Rovers

Prime real estate. The landing zone for Curiosity (NASA/JPL) As the world waits with bated breath for NASA's Curiosity rover to attempt a safe landing on Mars on August 6th (EDT), it's interesting to recall the rovers of times past.

July 23, 2012 — Caleb A. Scharf

Curiosity's Storybook Wishes For Mars

The Martian rovers Opportunity and Spirit have represented optimism, hope, and even cuteness to millions of people dreaming about discoveries on the red planet.How appropriate then, that the newest rover, Curiosity, should carry a sundial with sentiments and illustrations worthy of classic children's literature.

December 8, 2011 — Glendon Mellow
NASA Scientists Fight Budget Cuts with "Bake Sale"

NASA Scientists Fight Budget Cuts with "Bake Sale"

The sale is a protest of plans in President Obama's 2013 budget request to cut 21 percent from NASA's planetary science budget, and 38 percent from its Mars projects

June 11, 2012 — Amber Dance and Nature magazine

The Long Hard Road to Mars

Mars Pathfinder launches in 1996 Starting this Saturday, a 24 day window of opportunity opens for the launch of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, now also known as the Curiosity rover.

November 25, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

Sky Crane - how to land Curiosity on the surface of Mars

On 26th November 2011 at 15:02, NASA launched its Mars Science Laboratory mission. Bird's eye view of MER rover Spirit combines self portrait and mosaic of the surface surrounding the rover.

November 28, 2011 — Amy Shira Teitel

Curiosity Gears Up to Zap Rocks in Huge Crater at Red Planet

Now that NASA's "seven-minutes of terror" have passed safely, the Mars Curiosity rover's exploratory mission is off and running. Over the next two years—probably more, if it's anything like the Opportunity or Spirit rovers—the Jeep-sized rover will explore its new home using a variety of tools.

August 6, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

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