Mars Science Laboratory

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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 Curiosity rover

NASA Mars rover Curiosity begins delayed road trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took longer than expected, but NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally heading toward a Martian mountain. The nuclear-powered, six-wheel rover drove a total of 190 feet since July Fourth, leaving the […]

07/08/2013

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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Astronauts face radiation threat on long Mars trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much cosmic radiation as they’d get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported […]

05/30/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover back in action after computer problems

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity is humming again after being sidelined by back-to-back computer problems. The six-wheel rover fired up its onboard laboratories and analyzed a pinch of rock dust over the weekend.

03/25/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Mars rover Curiosity stands down after new problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another problem is preventing the Mars rover Curiosity from resuming its science experiments. The mission’s chief scientist said Monday the rover went into safe mode again over the weekend because of a computer file error.

03/18/2013

mars-surface

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 to reveal contents of drilled Martian rock

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Curiosity drilled into its first Martian rock a month ago. Now scientists will reveal what’s inside. Gathering at NASA headquarters Tuesday, the rover team will detail the minerals and chemicals present in a gray pinch of ground-up rock.

03/12/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

Curiosity sleeps as solar blast races toward Mars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA says the Curiosity rover is hunkering down after the sun unleashed a blast headed for Mars. Project managers said Wednesday they powered down the car-size rover as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem.

03/06/2013

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

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