Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover

Curiosity Brushes ‘Bonanza King’ Target Anticipating Fourth Red Planet Rock Drilling

by Ken Kremer August 19, 2014

Eagerly eyeing her next drill site on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover laid the groundwork by brushing the chosen rock target called ‘Bonanza King’ on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Sol 722, with the Dust Removal Tool (DRT) and collecting high resolution imagery with the Mast Camera (Mastcam) to confirm the success of the operation. By brushing aside […]

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Curiosity Reverses Back from Martian Valley of Slippery Sand and Finds Fourth Rock Drilling Candidate at ‘Bonanza King’

by Ken Kremer August 16, 2014

Not wanting to get stuck in a rut, Curiosity’s handlers have commanded NASA’s SUV-sized rover to reverse course and drive out of a potentially hazardous Martian valley of slippery sand with poor wheel traction and instead backtrack towards an enticing nearby spot that the team feels could be the fourth candidate for rock drilling – […]

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Our Curiosity: Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day Narrate Video About Mars Rover

by Nancy Atkinson August 13, 2014

In honor of the 2nd anniversary of the Curiosity rover reaching Mars, Caltech has put out a wonderful new video about the plucky little rover that has captured the hearts and imaginations of people around the world. And some familiar voices do the narration: astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson and actress Felicia Day. The video […]

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NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

by Ken Kremer July 31, 2014

NASA announced the winners of the high stakes science instrument competition to fly aboard the Mars 2020 rover at a briefing held today, Thursday, July 31, at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 2020 rover’s instruments goals are to search for signs of organic molecules and past life and help pave the way for […]

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Zoom Around Curiosity’s View on Mars with a New Interactive Panorama

by Nancy Atkinson June 27, 2014

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 647 in out-of-this-world Here’s the latest interactive panorama via panoramacist Andrew Bodrov from imagery taken by the Curiosity Mars at Gale Crater, from Sol 647 (May 1, 2014). The images for panorama were obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels […]

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