LOS ANGELES (AP) - To scientists' excitement, the Curiosity rover has completed its first drilling on Mars and is preparing to analyze a pinch of powdery rock. Images beamed back to Earth overnight showed a fresh drill hole next to a test hole the rover made earlier. The feat marked... more »
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA's newest Mars rover is gearing up for a road trip. But first, it has to drill into a rock. Curiosity's first priority in the new year is to test out its drill. Mission managers had wanted to get it done this year, but they ran... more »
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA says it wants to launch another mega-rover to Mars modeled after the wildly popular Curiosity. The space agency said Tuesday the spacecraft will be built from spare parts from Curiosity. It would also use the novel landing system that delivered the car-size rover to Mars... more »
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA is deciding between two places on Mars to send its next rover.
The space agency said Wednesday that the project team and outside scientists have narrowed the options to two landing sites.
The nuclear-powered rover nicknamed Curiosity will touch down either in Gale... more »
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA's next roving spacecraft to the surface of Mars has arrived in Florida after a cross-country flight to undergo final testing.
A C-17 cargo jet carrying the rover nicknamed Curiosity took off from March Air Force Base in California and arrived Wednesday night in Florida.... more »
"Avatar" director James Cameron is helping to build a high-resolution 3-D camera on the next-generation Mars rover.
The camera will be mounted atop Curiosity, the next mission to Mars, which is due for launch next year.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scaled back its plans in 2007 to mount... more »