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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars-Bound Rover Begins Research In Space'
December 13, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars. The research will aid in planning for future human missions to the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Mars-Bound Rover Begins Research In Space' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Course Excellent, Adjustment Postponed'
December 1, 2011

Excellent launch precision for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission has forestalled the need for an early trajectory correction maneuver, now not required for a month or more.
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Course Excellent, Adjustment Postponed' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Trio of NASA Missions Named 'Best of What's New''
November 30, 2011

NASA's Dawn, Mars Science Laboratory and MESSENGER missions have been honored by Popular Science magazine with "Best of What's New" Award in aviation and space.
read the article 'Trio of NASA Missions Named 'Best of What's New'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Launches Most Capable and Robust Rover To Mars'
November 26, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket occurred at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST).
read the article 'NASA Launches Most Capable and Robust Rover To Mars' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Launch Milestones'
November 23, 2011

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is tucked inside its Atlas V rocket, ready for launch on Nov. 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Launch Milestones' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Updates Prelaunch Events for Mars Science Lab.'
November 21, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has updated information about the news conferences and other events for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover launch. Liftoff is scheduled at 7:02 a.m. PST (10:02 a.m. EST) on Saturday, Nov. 26 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
read the article 'NASA Updates Prelaunch Events for Mars Science Lab.' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Launch Rescheduled for Nov. 26'
November 19, 2011

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is being delayed one day to allow time for the team to remove and replace a flight termination system battery.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Launch Rescheduled for Nov. 26' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report'
November 18, 2011

The Flight Readiness Review for the Mars Science Laboratory was conducted Friday in the mission briefing room at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
read the article 'Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report' Read More
Feature
read the article 'New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile'
November 18, 2011

Maybe because it appears as a speck of blood in the sky, the planet Mars was named after the Roman god of war. From the point of view of life as we know it, that's appropriate. The Martian surface is incredibly hostile for life.
read the article 'New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts 150 Twitter Followers At Mars Rover Launch'
November 16, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter account to a two-day launch Tweetup on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
read the article 'NASA Hosts 150 Twitter Followers At Mars Rover Launch' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report'
November 10, 2011

In the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41, the Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover is atop the Atlas V rocket.
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Sets Mars Science Laboratory Launch Coverage'
November 10, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the Curiosity rover is set to launch to the planet Mars aboard an Atlas V rocket on Nov. 26, 2011 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
read the article 'NASA Sets Mars Science Laboratory Launch Coverage' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Ready For November Launch Of Car-Size Mars Rover'
November 10, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's most advanced mobile robotic laboratory, which will examine one of the most intriguing areas on Mars, is in final preparations for a launch from Florida's Space Coast at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST) on Nov. 26.
read the article 'NASA Ready For November Launch Of Car-Size Mars Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA To Hold Media Briefing About Mars Rover Launch'
November 8, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), Thursday, Nov. 10, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, with the largest and most capable rover going to another planet.
read the article 'NASA To Hold Media Briefing About Mars Rover Launch' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report'
November 3, 2011

The Curiosity rover and spacecraft components were delivered inside the fairing to the launch pad this morning.
read the article 'Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report'
October 25, 2011

In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF), integration of the Mars Science Laboratory into the Atlas V payload fairing is under way this week.
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Rover Carries Device For Underground Scouting'
October 20, 2011

Russia has provided a neutron-shooting instrument called DAN that will enable NASA's next Mars rover to detect water-bearing minerals buried underneath the rover.
read the article 'Mars Rover Carries Device For Underground Scouting' Read More
Feature
read the article 'The Landing-Site Specialist'
October 18, 2011

Gale crater has been sitting just below the equator of Mars, minding its own business, for at least three and half billion years.
read the article 'The Landing-Site Specialist' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report'
October 14, 2011

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, gets ready to be encapsulated and transported to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this month.
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Bring 'Curiosity' Into Your Classroom!'
October 10, 2011

Join us for an educator conference surrounding the upcoming launch of the next Mars rover Curiosity. The conference, scheduled for Nov. 25 through 27, 2011, will be filled with standards-aligned, STEM-related, hands-on activities, mission team speakers, a tour of Kennedy Space Center, a potential launch viewing, and image-rich classroom and other learning materials to take home. Register today!
read the article 'Bring 'Curiosity' Into Your Classroom!' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Meets its Match in Florida'
October 5, 2011

In a "match made for Mars," major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory have been connected at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, several weeks before launch.
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Meets its Match in Florida' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report'
September 30, 2011

The Curiosity rover and its spacecraft components are getting readied for launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
read the article 'Curiosity: Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report' Read More
Feature
read the article 'The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater'
September 29, 2011

After an eight-month voyage to Mars, Curiosity will land at the foot of a 3 mile high mountain in a crater named "Gale."
read the article 'The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Tweetup For Mars Rover Launch'
September 28, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
read the article 'NASA Announces Tweetup For Mars Rover Launch' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Launch Preparations Report'
August 31, 2011

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project continues to press ahead with launch preparation activities, planning to use additional time before encapsulating the rover in the launch vehicle's nose cone.
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Launch Preparations Report' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater'
July 22, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale Crater.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA to Announce Landing Site for New Mars Rover'
July 18, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce the selected landing site for the agency's latest Mars rover.
read the article 'NASA to Announce Landing Site for New Mars Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'New Animation Depicts Next Mars Rover in Action'
June 24, 2011

A new, high-definition animation of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission combines real scenes of Mars with spacecraft events such as landing on Mars and drilling into rocks.
read the article 'New Animation Depicts Next Mars Rover in Action' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Arrives in Florida After Cross-Country Flight'
June 23, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's next Mars rover has completed the journey from its California birthplace to Florida in preparation for launch this fall.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Arrives in Florida After Cross-Country Flight' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Radar for Mars Gets Flight Tests at NASA Dryden'
June 21, 2011

In a series of diving flights, an F/A-18 aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California is carrying a test model of the radar for the next landing on Mars.
read the article 'Radar for Mars Gets Flight Tests at NASA Dryden' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Continues Mobility Checkouts'
June 13, 2011

America's next Mars rover, Curiosity, has been driving and moving its arm during its final weeks at its California birthplace.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Continues Mobility Checkouts' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Camera Duo On Mars Rover Mast Will Shoot Color Views'
May 31, 2011

The main science imaging instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines telephoto and wider-angle full-color cameras to see surroundings in detail and in motion.
read the article 'Camera Duo On Mars Rover Mast Will Shoot Color Views' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Hardware Lifting Incident'
May 24, 2011

During processing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., an incident occurred on Friday, May 20, involving the spacecraft's back shell.
read the article 'Hardware Lifting Incident' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mars Mission Components Delivered to Florida'
May 13, 2011

The aeroshell and cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Thursday night from California and Colorado.
read the article 'Mars Mission Components Delivered to Florida' Read More
Feature
read the article 'JPL Facility Has Built Famed Spacecraft For 50 Years. See it at JPL Open House May 14 and 15'
May 12, 2011

The Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has birthed robotic explorers sent to destinations throughout the solar system over the past five decades.
read the article 'JPL Facility Has Built Famed Spacecraft For 50 Years. See it at JPL Open House May 14 and 15' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Nears Completion'
April 6, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New images show Curiosity, the rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, looking similar to how it will appear after it lands on Mars in August 2012.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Nears Completion' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Work Stopped on Alternative Cameras for Mars Rover'
March 25, 2011
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The main camera instrument for the next rover to Mars will use a pair of cameras with different focal lengths, already installed and tested, rather than twin zoom cameras.
read the article 'Work Stopped on Alternative Cameras for Mars Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Gets a Test Taste of Mars Conditions'
March 18, 2011

A space-simulation chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is temporary home this month for the Curiosity rover, which will land on Mars next year.
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Gets a Test Taste of Mars Conditions' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Madrid Event Marks Spain's Role in Next Mars Mission'
March 17, 2011

Governments of the United States and Spain saluted collaboration in the Mars Science Laboratory mission with an agreement-signing ceremony today, March 17, in Madrid.
read the article 'Madrid Event Marks Spain's Role in Next Mars Mission' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks'
February 18, 2011

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will take a next generation "hands-on" look at rocks and soils to determine the chemical makeup near its landing zone.
read the article 'Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Will Check for Ingredients of Life'
January 18, 2011

One of the jobs for the biggest science instrument on NASA's next Mars rover will be to check for the carbon-based molecular building blocks of life.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Will Check for Ingredients of Life' Read More

Mission Information

Launched:
7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
(10:02 a.m. EST)

Landed:
10:32 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012
(1:32 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2012)

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