This Is the Most Expensive Penny in the Universe

This is the most expensive penny in the Universe. It's now on Mars, after an exciting $2.5 billion ride. Previously, the most expensive Lincoln penny in history was a 1943 copper-alloy cent that was sold for $1.7 million in a 1996 auction. That's peanuts compared to the cost of putting this coin up there, however. » 9/07/12 8:00am 9/07/12 8:00am

Seven Years In the Life of One of the Engineers of the Mars Curiosity…

With all the excitement of the seven minutes of terror and glory, it's easy to forget that there were seven years of suffering and hard work to make it all happen. Seven years of the life of people like Adam Steltzner or our friend Mark Rober, the iPad costume guy. » 8/16/12 4:40pm 8/16/12 4:40pm

Talk to the Man Who Led Curiosity to the Surface of Mars: Adam…

By now you probably know his story: he's the man who went from sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll to science'n'engineering, from playing the bass guitar in the Bay Area to the genius who led Curiosity to the surface of Mars, turning seven minutes of terror into total triumph. » 8/14/12 12:40pm 8/14/12 12:40pm

Martian Mystery Solved

Earlier this week, a strange silhouette appeared on one of the early pictures taken by the Mars Curiosity rover's Hazard-Avoidance Cams. Shortly after that picture was taken, the mysterious shadow was gone, causing a firestorm among conspiracy theorists worldwide. » 8/11/12 8:49pm 8/11/12 8:49pm

Why Do the Mars Rover's Images Look So Bad?

A lot of people are wondering why the first color image from the Mars Curiosity Rover looks so murky. Or why the black and white pictures look so low-resolution and out of focus in some areas. Calm yourselves. They will look absolutely amazing soon, perfect and in high-def. » 8/07/12 2:00pm 8/07/12 2:00pm

Spectacular Image of Mars Curiosity's Descent From Space

This is absolutely incredible. The HiRISE camera NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to spot Curiosity as it was descending on the surface of the red planet. You can clearly see the capsule and the deployed supersonic parachute. » 8/06/12 12:34pm 8/06/12 12:34pm

These Are the First Images from the Mars Curiosity Rover (Updated)

The Mars Curiosity Rover has landed successfully! And here's the first image, from the hazard cameras that will help it navigate through the surface of Mars. This is a phenomenal achievement. And here are the first images! » 8/06/12 2:05am 8/06/12 2:05am

The Mars Curiosity Rover Has LANDED! — Live Coverage from JPL

The Mars Curiosity has landed—a phenomenal success that completes an incredible journey against all odds. NASA still has the chops to make interplanetary magic happen. » 8/06/12 12:36am 8/06/12 12:36am

8:16 — Good morning everyone. I still can't believe that everything thing went so perfect. Here's an official NASA video replay of the whole thing: