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  • Mars engineer did his best to trip up Curiosity rover

    Mars engineer did his best to trip up Curiosity rover
    The Curiosity rover is making its final descent to the Martian surface, and all eyes in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's control room are glued to computer screens. Except for Rob Manning's. The chief engineer for the rover mission is glancing at his...
  • Mars rover takes first drive

    Mars rover takes first drive
    After two weeks of taking stock of its surroundings, the Mars Curiosity rover has taken its first "baby steps" and sent back images of its first tracks, NASA officials said Wednesday. Engineers sent the commands Tuesday night for this first drive,...
  • Curiosity is new Mars star, but Opportunity's still knocking

    Curiosity is new Mars star, but Opportunity's still knocking
    For more than eight years, an elite team of drivers has been maneuvering the most unusual of vehicles across treacherous and distant terrain. The drivers of the Opportunity rover, a 400-pound robot sent to scour the Martian surface for signs of water,...
  • Life on Mars time for JPL scientist and his family

    Life on Mars time for JPL scientist and his family
    David Oh's eldest son taped aluminum foil over his windows. His daughter painted a sign warning visitors away from the front door. His wife pulled the phone cord out of the wall and turned the couple's cellphones off. David's time on Earth had come to...
  • NASA: Mars Curiosity rover finds rocky signs of once-gushing stream

    NASA: Mars Curiosity rover finds rocky signs of once-gushing stream
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of strong streams that once gushed across the Martian surface, mission scientists said Thursday. Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Aug. 5. But now, less than a couple of months into the Mars Science...
  • NASA Curiosity rover wiggles toes in Mars sand

    NASA Curiosity rover wiggles toes in Mars sand
    NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has paused, wiggled its toes into the sand and is set to break out its scooper for the first time to sample the Red Planet, mission scientists announced Thursday. Having driven 484 meters from its landing site in Gale...
  • JPL's NuSTAR space telescope set to search for black holes

    JPL's NuSTAR space telescope set to search for black holes
    A once-canceled space telescope is set to launch into Earth orbit, where it will search for undiscovered black holes in the Milky Way and at the hearts of other galaxies. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array will hunt for black holes that have...
  • NASA encouraging spaceflight to go commercial

    NASA encouraging spaceflight to go commercial
    NASA led the way for Americans in space, but now the U.S. space agency is actively encouraging companies to take over primary responsibility for getting in and out of Earth's orbit. Last month, a capsule built and operated by SpaceX completed a nine-day...
  • Curiosity rover gulps Mars air, finds hint of vanished atmosphere

    Curiosity rover gulps Mars air, finds hint of vanished atmosphere
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has gulped in Martian air but failed to find methane – a gas linked to living things. But it has turned up signs that Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Since landing on the Red Planet’s surface...
  • Mars rover Curiosity's other mission: PR

    Mars rover Curiosity's other mission: PR
    NASA's Curiosity rover was designed to search Mars for places capable of supporting life. But the $2.5-billion mission has another, unofficial objective: To serve as a goodwill ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caņada Flintridge at a time...
  • Mars rover is a robot geologist with a lab in its belly

    Mars rover is a robot geologist with a lab in its belly
    In a matter of days, a geologist unlike any on Earth will venture into alien territory. It has six legs and one arm. Instead of feet, it rides around on metal wheels as thin as cardboard. Its brain is in its belly, where it also digests and analyzes...