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Aug 22, 2012

Photo: Curiosity's Arm (from Mars)

Not much more to say beyond 'awesome photo.' Credit: NASA....More
Aug 13, 2012

Curiosity's Brain Transplant

As part of the preparations to start science missions and driving on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity team is busy uploading new software to the....More
Aug 09, 2012

A Flight through the Universe

Almost two years ago I wrote a review of the book A Grand and Bold Thing about the Sloan Digital Sky Survey....More
Aug 09, 2012

Mountain on Mars -- a 'Curious' New Perspective

When the first images from Curiosity arrived from Mars last night, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission scientists were surprised at the....More
Aug 08, 2012

Martian Debris Field

Images from MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera show the Curiosity on the surface surrounded by the remnants of the....More
Aug 06, 2012

Curiosity - first photos of the crater rim

As the press conference finished around 1am Pacific time, Odyssey was starting to relay more imagery back from Curiosity. Although raw and far from....More
Aug 06, 2012

Curiosity on Mars - what happens next?

MSL project scientist John Grotzinger says NASA is in no hurry to race across the surface of Mars in its newly landed rover. “We just want to check....More
Aug 06, 2012

Mars - first update on landing

Adam Steltzner, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory entry, descent and landing phase lead says the data from the landing looked good. “In short it looked....More
Aug 06, 2012

Touchdown! Miracle on Mars

At 10.32 Pacific – about a minute after schedule – the Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, successfully landed in the Gale Crater on Mars....More
Aug 06, 2012

Open Channel

Pasadena, Calif. – Controllers have been able to turn the Mars Odyssey orbiter to face the landing site where NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory will....More
Aug 06, 2012

Protecting Curiosity

Lockheed Martin’s aeroshell is about to be tested during Curiosity’s fiery plunge through the Martian atmosphere. The 14.8 ft diameter heat shield is....More
Aug 06, 2012

Curiosity attracts Hollywood

Just to confirm a few of tonight’s other stars – aside from Curiosity itself – the Hollywood actors, producers and TV personalities here also include....More
Aug 06, 2012

Stars come out for pre-Curiosity landing show

Nichelle Nichols - known to Star Trek fans around the world as Lt Uhura - lends her support to the pre-landing excitement at JPL. Just 2h 8min away....More
Aug 06, 2012

Hip hop hops aboard MSL bandwagon, front man and founder of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas, music producer and the best-dressed rapper in Pasadena, breaks the Curiosity....More
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