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NASA's Mission to Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars in early August. The rover’s mission -- a joint operation between NASA and its commercial space partner, the United Launch Alliance – is to answer the scientific questions NASA has been exploring for years, focusing on the Mars environment's makeup.

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Our Mars Orbiter Looked Down and Saw Our Mars Rover

April 18 From space, the U.S. Curiosity rover looks scarab-like.

This composite image provided by NASA shows before and-after images taken by the Opportunity rover.

Important Space News: Weird, Mystery Rock Found on Mars

January 24 Astronomers are trying to figure how a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut has suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the surface of Mars.

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager.

How Curiosity Became an Astronaut

August 6, 2013 From the earliest years of the space program, the exploration of other worlds has been a source of the same techno-anxieties we have today.

This Tiny Blue Dot on Mars Is Our Rover

July 25, 2013 The Mars Reconaissance Orbiter spots Curiosity down on the surface

This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a scoop full of sand and dust lifted by the rover's first use of the scoop on its robotic arm.

How We Name the Things We Find on Mars

June 28, 2013 Hint: it can involve ... theme weeks.

What Became of the Parachute That Delivered Curiosity to Mars?

April 4, 2013 It sits on the Red Planet, flapping hauntingly in the wind.

The "Tintina" rock Curiosity cut through in its travels

Curiosity's Hit-and-Run Leads to Another Martian Discovery

March 20, 2013 Behold: "One of the whitest things" we've seen on the Red Planet

The Curiosity rover holding a scoop of powdered rock on Mars. The rover recently drilled into a Martian rock for the first time and transferred a pinch of powder to its instruments to analyze the chemical makeup.

There Could Have Been Life on Mars

March 12, 2013 NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and found that it contained a clay-like material.

What's This Weird Hunk of Metal We Just Found on Mars?

February 8, 2013 ... Really, what is it?

NASA's beloved Curiosity Rover hasn't even driven a whole mile yet

January 28, 2013 See how it stacks up with other extra-planetary exploration in one chart.

NASA makes plans for new Mars mission

December 5, 2012 Robotic science rover is set to launch in 2020.

So, what is NASA Curiosity's history-changing discovery?

November 21, 2012 John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the mission, said his team has found something really cool.

Newly forming stars as seem from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Is there life beyond Earth? 'I think absolutely,' says NASA JPL Director

October 31, 2012 "We have the same laws of chemistry, physics. If there are any locations where there are the basic ingredients, there should be the basic ingredients for life."

The Curiosity Rover uses it's robotic arm to scoop sand.

Martian soil is a lot like Hawaiian soil

October 31, 2012 NASA's Curiosity Rover is starting to get some analysis from its soil scooping mission

Mars Curiosity discovers evidence of alien life (Spoiler: It's us)

October 11, 2012 A foreign object in Martian soil has made the rover stop in its tracks.

Swabbing and hoping: How NASA keeps germs from colonizing Mars

September 11, 2012 The agency tries to keep humans from inadvertently populating other planets.

This Is the clearest photo of Mars yet

September 10, 2012 Photos have not revealed any water or signs of life.

Video: NASA satellite captures first glimpse of Curiosity's tracks from Martian orbit

September 7, 2012 The little rover is on the go, and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was there to document it.

The Martian landscape, in wacky 3D

September 5, 2012 The red planet becomes the red and blue planet.

Video: The Mars rover landing in high definition

August 24, 2012 NASA has released a three-minute clip with sound.