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What Is the 2020 Mars Rover's Mission?

A blueprint for the new Mars exploration rover, which is planned to launch in 2020.Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s December 2012 announcement that a new Mars rover would be launched in 2020 has left a lot of room for speculation about what the mission’s objectives will be. The rover will have the same chassis design [...]

Curiosity's Parachute Captured Flapping in the Martian Breeze

NASA has compiled a series of images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera to show Curiosity’s used parachute flapping in the Martian wind. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The imaging specialists that allow us to see what spacecraft are doing on far-flung worlds are always coming up with new pictures to bring [...]

Opinion: Curiosity, Fermi and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Does life exist on far-flung worlds throughout the universe? Image Credit: NASA

There were two different stories floating around the internet last week—each one startling in its own right, and both highlighting the ups and downs in the search for alien life.

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Curiosity's Instruments Sniff Out Further Evidence of Mars' Watery Past

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has detected further evidence that the Red Planet once could have supported life. Image Credit: Max Q Entertainment

The Mars Science Laboratory rover trolling the dusty plains of the Red Planet has spotted evidence that provides one more bit of proof that Mars was once a wet world. [...]

Distant Horizons: MSL Shoots Panorama of Mount Sharp

The Mars Science Laboratory rover imaged one of its upcoming targets, Mount Sharp. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

On the dusty plains of Mars, from her position in Gale Crater, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has snapped a picture of Mount Sharp. This mountain, which, according to a NASA news release, is taller than any [...]

Curiosity Lauded By Smithsonian, South by Southwest

The NASA team behind the Mars Science Laboratory rover has received an award acknowledging its social media efforts and will receive another award for their accomplishments on sending the one-ton rover to the surface of Mars. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert / Wired4Space

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” has received nods for social media [...]

Curiosity Switched to Backup Computer After Memory Glitch

Flight controllers operating NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity have switched over to the one-ton, nuclear-powered robot’s redundant computer. This was caused after a memory issue arose in Curiosity’s primary computer.

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Curiosity Rover Drills Holes and Collects First-Ever Sample from Martian Bedrock

The first two holes ever drilled into Martian bedrock, by the Curiosity rover.Photo Credit: NASA / JPl-Caltech / MSSS

The Curiosity rover has successfully used its drill to obtain a sample from inside Martian bedrock! This is the first time ever that such a drilling has been done on Mars, and it has provided the [...]

Curiosity Prepares to Drill First Martian Rock

Curiosity’s destination for its first drilling will be this patch of veined, flat-lying rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

A little over five months since making landfall on the blood-red surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover is heading towards its first sample-drilling target: a flat rock, laced with pale veins, which may yield clues about [...]

NASA to be Part of President Obama’s Inaugural Activities Jan. 18–21

NASA is poised to play an integral role in President Obama’s upcoming inaugural festivities. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / AmericaSpace

NASA is preparing to be part of President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities that are slated to occur from Jan. 18–21. Several events are planned to take place during this period, including an open house of NASA [...]