sep 202012
 
Curiosity Targets Unusual Rock on Its Journey

  NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover’s arm to examine. The drive by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity during the mission’s 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. [continue reading]

aug 232012
 
Curiosity Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing

  NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced yesterday they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury. An artist’s conception of Curiosity exploring Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Making its first movement on the Martian surface, Curiosity’s drive combined forward, turn and reverse segments. This placed the rover roughly 20 [continue reading]

aug 192012
 
Curiosity's First Destination

  The scientists and engineers of NASA’s Curiosity rover mission have selected the first driving destination for their one-ton, six-wheeled mobile Mars laboratory. The target area, named Glenelg, is a natural intersection of three kinds of terrain. The choice was described by Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology during a [continue reading]

aug 092012
 
Curiosity Delivers More and More Images of Mars

  Remarkable image sets from NASA’s Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity’s landing and first days on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging [continue reading]

aug 062012
 
Curiosity has Landed on Mars!

  NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars today to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. This is one of the first images taken by NASA’s rover, Curiosity. Taken with the rover’s Hazcam [continue reading]

aug 052012
 
Exploring the Chemistry of Mars

A researcher at The Open University in the UK will take part in a mission to explore the chemistry of Mars when Curiosity lands on the planet. The area where NASA’s Curiosity rover will land has a geological diversity that scientists are eager to investigate, as seen in this false-color map based on data from NASA’s [continue reading]