03.25.11 - The main camera instrument for the next rover to Mars will use a pair of cameras with different focal lengths, already installed and tested, rather than twin zoom cameras.
03.18.11 - For most of this month, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, is inside a sealed chamber where conditions simulate those it will experience on Mars.
03.17.11 - Governments of the United States and Spain saluted collaboration in the Mars Science Laboratory mission with an agreement-signing ceremony today, March 17, in Madrid.
02.18.11 - NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will take a next generation "hands-on" look at rocks and soils to determine the chemical makeup near its landing zone.
01.18.11 - One of the jobs for the biggest science instrument on NASA's next Mars rover will be to check for the carbon-based molecular building blocks of life.
12.22.10 - NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will shoot a laser at rocks and patches of soil with enough power to generate a flash revealing each target's atomic ingredients.
11.30.10 - More than one million people have watched assembly and testing of NASA's next Mars rover via a live webcam since it went online in October.
11.30.10 - As it explores a region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity will monitor temperatures, winds, humidity and other environmental variables using tools supplied by Spain.
11.16.10 - A camera installed this month on the robotic arm of NASA's next Mars rover will do close-up inspections for clues to Martian environments, but it can look far away, too.
11.09.10 - One of the experiments on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will measure the natural radiation environment to aid plans for future human missions.
10.21.10 - A newly installed webcam is giving the public an opportunity to watch technicians assemble and test the next NASA Mars rover, one of the most technologically challenging interplanetary missions ever designed.
10.08.10 - A suite of instruments to analyze samples of Martian rocks and soil for chemistry relevant to life is being readied in Maryland for NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity.
09.21.10 - A tool newly delivered from Los Alamos National Laboratory for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will zap Martian rocks with a laser to learn the rocks' makeup.
09.16.10 - Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term program of robotic exploration of the Red Planet.
09.16.10 - Tests underway in a JPL clean room will refine the precision of movements by a robotic arm that can reach more than 7 feet in front of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
09.13.10 - The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity, exercised its mobility system by driving over raised ramps in recent testing at JPL.
09.03.10 - Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover that will be on Mars two years from now, has been flexing the robotic arm that spacecraft workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory attached to the rover body in August 2010.
07.23.10 - Like proud parents, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time.
07.23.10 - In one week, Curiosity grew by approximately 1 meter (3.5 feet) when spacecraft technicians and engineers attached the rover's neck and head (called the Remote Sensing Mast) to its body.
07.19.10 - A downward-pointing camera on the front-left side of NASA's Curiosity rover will give adventure fans worldwide an unprecedented sense of riding a spacecraft to a landing on Mars.