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  • Artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

    Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover

    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.

  • Curiosity Mars rover in the clean room

    Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover

    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.

  • Curiosity on a Test Drive

    NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps

    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.

  • Engineers flex Curiosity's robotic arm

    Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm

    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.

  • Video still from the first test drive of the Curiosity rover

    Mars Curiosity Takes First Baby Steps

    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.

  • Engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's mast

    Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds

    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.

  • Mars Descent Imager for Curiosity

    Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown

    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.

  • Engineers at JPL rotate Curiosity's wheels

    Curiosity Spins Its Wheels

    07.13.10 - The wheels that will touch down on Mars in 2012 are several rotations closer to spinning on the rocky trails of Mars.

  • Engineers preparing Curiosity's wheels for installation

    We’ve Got Wheels!

    07.07.10 - Six of them! And these wheels aren’t meant for the concrete roadways, bustling freeways, or sleepy highways—they’re destined for off-roading on Mars.

  • Installation of Curiosity's wheels and suspension

    Next Mars Rover Sports a Set of New Wheels

    07.01.10 - A new set of spiffy wheels is now affixed to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Engineers added the wheels and suspension system this week, during preparations for a planned launch in late 2011.

  • miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals

    NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past

    06.28.10 - NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals.

  • The landing radar system for JPL's Mars Science Laboratory is mounted on the nose of a helicopter while model of the MSL rover is suspended below

    JPL's Next Mars Rover Landing Radar Tested at Dryden

    06.11.10 - NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently provided logistics and range support for a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team that tested a landing radar system for the next Mars rover mission adjacent to Dryden's Edwards Air Force Base facilities.

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  • Artist's concept of Curiosity

    Geometry Drives Selection Date for 2011 Mars Launch

    05.20.10 - For optimal communications during arrival at Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, will launch after Thanksgiving 2011 and land on Mars in August 2012.

  • a radar that will serve during the next landing on Mars used prescribed descent paths flown by a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory

    Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing

    04.13.10 - This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars.

  • Mastcam 34: Shorter Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover

    San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover

    04.06.10 - JPL has received the two cameras for the Mast Camera instrument, the science-imaging workhorse of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, to be launched next year.

  • Artist Concept of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover

    This Is Your Chance to Go to Mars!  →

    02.25.10 - Fill in your information and your name will be included with others on a microchip on the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in 2011!

  • finished heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory

    Heat Shield Readied for Next Mars Rover

    07.10.09 - Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, has finished building and testing the heat shield for protecting the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project.

  • Clara Ma signs Curiosity in JPL cleanroom

    'Curiosity,' Meet Clara

    06.08.09 - Twelve-year-old Clara Ma flew from Kansas to JPL to meet and sign the next rover that will zoom millions of miles to Mars.

  • artist concept of Mars Science Laboratory

    NASA Selects Student's Entry as New Mars Rover Name

    05.27.09 - NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, scheduled for launch in 2011, has a new name thanks to a sixth-grade student from Kansas.

  • Clara Ma


    05.27.09 - This is the essay submitted by the winner of the Mars Science Laboratory naming contest.