Mars rover

Engineer Ben Nye walks past a robotic vehicle on the 'Mars Yard Test Area', a testing ground for the robotic vehicles of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars program scheduled for 2018, in Stevenage, England, Thursday, March 27, 2014. It looks like a giant sandbox - except the sand has a reddish tint and the “toys” on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars. The scientists here work on the development of the autonomous navigation capabilities of the vehicle, so by being in communication with controllers on earth twice a day, will be able to use the transmitted information to navigate to new destinations on Mars. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

2018 mission: Mars rover prototype unveiled in UK

STEVENAGE, England (AP) — It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the “toys” on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on […]

03/27/2014

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Panel: Next Mars rover should gather rocks, soil

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Explore an intriguing spot on Mars. Hunt for ancient signs of Martian life. Bag a bunch of rocks and leave them on the surface for a future mission to possibly return. […]

07/09/2013

NASA composite image showing shadow of Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at Endeavour Crater on Mars. (NASA / AP Photo)

NASA’s veteran Mars rover driving to new spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s Opportunity rover is still on the move after years on the surface of Mars. The space agency said Friday the six-wheel, solar-powered rover is driving to a new spot in […]

06/07/2013

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Mars rover shows planet could have supported life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA scientists say tests on a Mars rock show the planet could have supported primitive life. The analysis was done by the rover Curiosity, which drilled into the rock, crushed it and tested a tiny sample. Watch video here.

03/12/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

NASA Mars rover in safe mode; science halted

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Science experiments by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity have been put on hold as engineers troubleshoot a problem with its computer.

03/01/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Curiosity rover completes 1st drill into Mars rock

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.

02/09/2013

Mars: 'Shaler' in 'Glenelg' area

Layered Martian outcrop ‘Shaler’ in ‘Glenelg’ area

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission’s 120th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 7, 2012), to record this view of a rock outcrop informally named “Shaler.”

12/30/2012

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover Curiosity: No surprise in 1st soil test

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Mars rover Curiosity has completed its first chemical test of soil from the red planet, and scientists say there are no surprises so far.

The spacecraft is on a mission to look for ingredients in Martian soil and rocks that could support life.

12/03/2012

Mars rover Curiosity set to hit the road again

  LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Mars rover Curiosity is poised to drive again after being parked at a sand dune for the past month. The mission team said Thursday the six-wheel rover will head […]

11/15/2012

Mars Curiosity about to really shake things up

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet’s sand. But only after NASA’s rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred. The […]

10/04/2012

Visible from space: Curiosity tire tracks on Mars

WASHINGTON (AP) – NASA’s robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars. Its tracks are big enough to be seen from space. In just one month, it’s driven 368 feet on the red planet, […]

09/06/2012

Walking on Mars

PASADENA (CNS) – The Mars rover Curiosity, which is being managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, took its first drive on the surface of the red planet today, albeit a short one. The […]

08/22/2012

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