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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

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

Mars Attacked: Planetary Scientists Vent Frustrations over Proposed Budget Cuts

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University THE WOODLANDS, Texas—Planetary scientists, usually an affable lot, are plenty riled up at the moment.The field is bristling at cutbacks, proposed last month by the Obama administration, to planetary science and especially to NASA's program of robotic Mars explorers.

March 20, 2012 — John Matson
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 Across the Stars

This is not a comet, it's Curiosity on its way to Mars This, I guarantee, is a view of NASA's Curiosity rover embarking on its 250 day trip to Mars that you may not have seen before.

November 28, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

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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