Curiosity's Greatest Hits in Its One Year on Mars

Can you believe it's been a full year since the Mars Curiosity rover made its absolutely spectacular red, dusty landing? Millions watched with bated breath the day that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory began its historical journey. It may have taken everyone's favorite interplanetary robot a little while to get up and… » 8/05/13 1:40pm 8/05/13 1:40pm

Seven Reasons Curiosity Is the Baddest Rover Ever

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While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back on earth. In a simulation area called the Mars Yard, scientists put the duplicate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through a series of experiments to… » 8/07/12 11:00am 8/07/12 11:00am

The Beautiful Video Game That Drives NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

So MSL Curiosity has landed. It survived the seven minutes of terror and safely touched down on the surface of Mars. A miracle in its own right. Now that it's there, it needs a way to move around. Anyone who played Lunar Lander and Moon Patrol already knows how they're going to do this: Video games. » 8/06/12 11:00am 8/06/12 11:00am

This Is the Next Mars Rover

I want to ride the Mars Rover Curiosity. Sure, at a maximum of 90 meters (300 feet) per hour it would be a glacial ride, but the bloody thing is going to Mars. Where have I been lately? To the dog park two blocks from my house, that's where. Plus, there's no dog poop on Mars. » 4/06/11 6:29pm 4/06/11 6:29pm

How the Weird Mars Science Laboratory Floating Sky Crane Works

When I read that the UFO-looking Mars Science Laboratory's aeroshell » 10/20/08 12:10am 10/20/08 12:10am would use a floating crane-called Sky Crane by NASA-to softly land the rover on Mars, I couldn't believe it. Now, watching this hyperrealistic NASA simulation showing how the mechanism actually floats, lowers the rover, and then flies away, I still…