Mars Curiosity Brain Transplant Complete

The Mars Curiosity Rover has completed its brain transplant, upgrading its operating system and apps. Now it's ready to start her exploration journey across the Gale Crater, en route to slice and dice Mount Sharp on a search to find life in the Red Planet. » 8/14/12 6:40pm 8/14/12 6:40pm

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

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

First Color 360-Degree Panorama Sent By Curiosity Rover Shows No…

Curiosity's day 3 on the Gale Crater, Mars. All systems are running as expected. There is no sign of sailors fighting in the dance hall, cavemen or any freaky show, and here's the first natural 360-degree color panorama image to prove it. » 8/09/12 2:48pm 8/09/12 2:48pm

The Inside Story on How NASA Invented Curiosity's Insane Landing System

Adam Steltzner spent nine years working to turn seven minutes of terror into NASA's finest hour since the landing of Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility. His is a fascinating insider's view of one of the most amazing space exploration feats in the history of humankind. » 8/09/12 11:00am 8/09/12 11:00am

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama…

Great news keep coming from the red planet. Curiosity has opened her eyes for the first time. She took a good look around her and decided that life is good in Mars—albeit a bit lonely. » 8/08/12 12:35pm 8/08/12 12:35pm

New Picture Shows Curiosity's Landing System Pieces Crashed All Around…

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just snapped the scene of the crime: all the pieces of the EDL (Entry Descent Landing) system that worked flawlessly together to safely put Curiosity on the surface of Mars. » 8/07/12 3:56pm 8/07/12 3:56pm

Ask Questions to Adam Steltzner, the Man Who Led Mars Curiosity's…

I'm going to interview Adam Steltzner in 30 minutes. You probably know his unmistakable rocker face from the past few days: he's the lead engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover entry, descent and landing phase. » 8/07/12 3:30pm 8/07/12 3:30pm

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

Seven Reasons Curiosity Is the Baddest Rover Ever

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 First Color Photo of Martian Landscape from the Mars Curiosity Rover

Shooting a robot millions of miles from Earth and landing it on another planet is incredibly impressive and all, but it wasn't a just an aeronautical physics experiment. We went there to collect data. Now we've got some: the first color images from Mars Curiosity. » 8/07/12 10:00am 8/07/12 10:00am

First Video of Curiosity Rover Shows Its Exciting Descent to Mars

This video covers the last two and a half minutes of Curiosity's descent from her point of view. It's made of 297 frames captured during the landing. You can see the thermal shield being jettisoned and the wheel of the rover as it's being dropped by the skycrane. » 8/06/12 8:02pm 8/06/12 8:02pm

First High Resolution View By Curiosity Shows Impressive 3-Mile-Tall…

Here you have it. It's not the super-HD panoramic image that everyone is eagerly awaiting for, but this is the first high(ish) resolution image of the 3-mile-high Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp. » 8/06/12 7:31pm 8/06/12 7:31pm

Would You Rather Know the Origin of Life or Watch People Run Faster…

People are making a lot of comparisons between the cost of the Mars Curiosity Rover—incidentally, the cost was all spent in our economy not sent to Mars in a bag—and other events and projects. Among them, the cost of the olympics, as shown above. » 8/06/12 4:00pm 8/06/12 4:00pm

Here's Exactly Where Mars Curiosity Landed—And the NASA Engineer Who…

A friend at NASA has sent us this funny document that reveals two things for the first time. One, it shows exactly where Curiosity landed yesterday. The accuracy of the actual landing site compared to the target is impressive!* » 8/06/12 3:03pm 8/06/12 3:03pm

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

The iPhone Is Literally Four Times as Powerful as the Curiosity Rover

Last night NASA landed on Mars. An amazing feat! But guess what? The Curiosity rover's on-board computer is a pretty low-power system. In fact, the iPhone 4S is four times more powerful. Check out the specs below.
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Surprised? Don't be. NASA knows what it's doing. It has just enough to do everything it needs. And…

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

Mars Curiosity Is Your Excuse for Anything Today

You overslept, burnt your breakfast, spilt coffee down your shirt, and stumbled into work looking a wreck—a bit like every other Monday morning, just ten times worse. But that's OK, because you have an excuse: last night, you were watching history being made. » 8/06/12 4:28am 8/06/12 4:28am

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