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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 Rover Brushes Off a Rock for the First Time

The brushed area on target rock “Ekwir_1″ as imaged by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Curiosity. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Curiosity rover, the most complex yet of its kind, has an impressive array of instruments to assist in its investigation of the Martian terrain in Gale crater. It has been using its [...]

Opportunity Completes Cruise at Endeavour Crater

Opportunity has been studying the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars since the rover arrived there in August 2011. This crater spans 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter, or about the same area as the city of Seattle. This is more than 20 times wider than Victoria Crater, the largest impact crater that [...]

New Parody Video About Curiosity's Martian Discovery

Video courtesy of Cinesaurus

A few months ago AmericaSpace detailed a parody video of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” which stated, “We’re NASA and We Know It”—this garnered a lot of attention. The success of this first video has inspired the team who produced the LMFAO parody with a take [...]

What has Curiosity Found on Mars?

What has Curiosity found on Mars and what could it mean for the future of planetary exploration? Image Credit: NASA / JPL

Something big could be brewing on the dusty plains of Mars—but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located in Pasadena, Calif., is keeping mum as to what that discovery might be. It appears that [...]

Curiosity Update: SAM Sniffs Martian Air

Video Courtesy of JPL News 

The Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” has been actively studying the surface of Mars using the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. SAM has been studying the Martian atmosphere for signs of life on the Red Planet. 

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MSL Project Scientist Details Curiosity's Discovery of Martian Streambed

NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named “Hottah” after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. It may look like a broken sidewalk, but this geological feature on Mars is actually exposed bedrock made [...]

Video: Revisiting Launch of Spirit

Video courtesy of NASA

As we marvel at the amazing imagery coming back from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover ‘Curiosity’ – we wanted to highlight the now-silent rover Spirit’s launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 17 (SLC-17) in Florida on June 10, 2003. Spirit’s [...]

Curiosity Snaps ‘Trophy Pic’ of Itself on Mars

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

On Friday Sept. 7, 2012 (Sol 32) the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” turned its camera around and snapped this picture of itself from its landing spot in Gale Crater. The camera fixture is located on Curiosity’s spindly robotic arm. 

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Curiosity Update: 02

Video courtesy of NASA

Want to keep up-to-date on what the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity is doing? Here is the second in a series of video updates by NASA. Find out what NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has done to prepare the rover for her upcoming mission of exploration.