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.
August 6 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.
July 25 The Mars Reconaissance Orbiter spots Curiosity down on the surface
June 28 Hint: it can involve ... theme weeks.
April 4 It sits on the Red Planet, flapping hauntingly in the wind.
March 20 Behold: "One of the whitest things" we've seen on the Red Planet
March 12 NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and found that it contained a clay-like material.
February 8 ... Really, what is it?
January 28 See how it stacks up with other extra-planetary exploration in one chart.
December 5, 2012 Robotic science rover is set to launch in 2020.
November 21, 2012 John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the mission, said his team has found something really cool.
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."
October 31, 2012 NASA's Curiosity Rover is starting to get some analysis from its soil scooping mission
October 11, 2012 A foreign object in Martian soil has made the rover stop in its tracks.
September 11, 2012 The agency tries to keep humans from inadvertently populating other planets.
September 10, 2012 Photos have not revealed any water or signs of life.
September 7, 2012 The little rover is on the go, and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was there to document it.
September 5, 2012 The red planet becomes the red and blue planet.
August 24, 2012 NASA has released a three-minute clip with sound.
August 23, 2012 Humans, via their robotic rover, are now leaving their mark on the Red Planet.
August 22, 2012 Planned for 2016, NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the planet's geophysics.