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read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover To Zap Rocks With Laser'
December 22, 2010

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will shoot a laser at rocks and patches of soil with enough power to generate a flash revealing each target's atomic ingredients.
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read the article 'Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover'
November 30, 2010

As it explores a region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity will monitor temperatures, winds, humidity and other environmental variables using tools supplied by Spain.
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read the article 'Camera on Curiosity's Arm Will Magnify Clues in Rocks'
November 16, 2010

A camera installed this month on the robotic arm of NASA's next Mars rover will do close-up inspections for clues to Martian environments, but it can look far away, too.
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read the article 'Sensor on Mars Rover to Measure Radiation Environment'
November 9, 2010

One of the experiments on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will measure the natural radiation environment to aid plans for future human missions.
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read the article 'Mobile Mars Lab Almost Ready For Curiosity Rover'
October 8, 2010

A suite of instruments to analyze samples of Martian rocks and soil for chemistry relevant to life is being readied in Maryland for NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity.
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read the article 'Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing'
September 29, 2010

In preparation for NASA's next rover landing on the Red Planet, one Mars year away, an instrument studying the Martian atmosphere from orbit has begun a campaign.
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read the article 'Laser Tool for Studying Mars Rocks Delivered to JPL'
September 21, 2010

A tool newly delivered from Los Alamos National Laboratory for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will zap Martian rocks with a laser to learn the rocks' makeup.
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read the article 'Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie'
September 16, 2010

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, through an obstacle course to test its mobility system.
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read the article 'Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover'
September 16, 2010

Tests underway in a JPL clean room will refine the precision of movements by a robotic arm that can reach more than 7 feet in front of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps'
September 13, 2010

The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity, exercised its mobility system by driving over raised ramps in recent testing at JPL.
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read the article 'Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown'
July 19, 2010

A downward-pointing camera on the front-left side of NASA's Curiosity rover will give adventure fans worldwide an unprecedented sense of riding a spacecraft to a landing on Mars.
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read the article 'Next Mars Rover Sports a Set of New Wheels'
July 1, 2010

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is sitting pretty on a set of spiffy new wheels that would be the envy of any car show on Earth.

The wheels and a suspension system were added this week by spacecraft technicians and engineers. These new and important touches are a key step in assembling and testing the flight system in advance of a planned 2011 launch.
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read the article 'NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past'
June 28, 2010

NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals.
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7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
(10:02 a.m. EST)

Landed:
10:32 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012
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