Martian soil is similar to Hawaii's

NASA's Curiosity rover has finished its first set of tests on the soil sample it scooped up earlier this month and discovered it's a lot like the volcanic soils of Hawaii.

Rover takes first taste of dirt

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has chomped up its first solid sample, taking it into its Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument for analysis.

Water-mining lunar robot revealed

Carnegie Mellon University spinoff Astrobotic Technology has now completed a full-size prototype of a solar-powered robot designed to search for water ice at the moon's poles.

Curiosity set to scoop sand sample that could reveal ancient life

NASA's Curiosity rover is getting ready to take its first scoop of Martian soil.

Mars Opportunity rover reaches Matijevic Hill



NASA's Mars Opportunity rover has arrived at "Matijevic Hill" - a site overlooking the 14-mile-wide Endeavour Crater.



And the weather on Mars is... really very pleasant

Preliminary weather reports from the Curiosity rover’s Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS) are showing some surprisingly mild temperatures during the day. 

Curiosity rover arrives at unusual rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is taking a break from its drive to Glenelg to examine a football-size rock with its robotic arm.

Mars rover carries out arm exercises

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is taking a break from driving to prepare for full use of the tools on its arm.

Curiosity begins longest journey yet

The kids are in the back, there's gas in the tank, and NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has set off on its first long trip.

Curiosity takes first telephoto images of Mount Sharp

NASA's Curiosity rover has beamed back the first telephoto images from the Martian surface, showing a mountainside marked by eroded knobs and gulches, and geological layering clearly visible.

Curiosity rover takes its first drive

Humans have left the first wheel tracks on Mars, following the Curiosity rover's first, short drive.

Curiosity to take first steps today

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover will take its first test drive today, in a 30-minute jaunt that will end where it started.

Curiosity rover starts firing laser

Yesterday, an invader from another planet fired off a laser 30 times, in what we have to hope won't be seen as an act of aggression by any overlooked Martian inhabitants.

Mars rover gets new orders

NASA's in the final stages of a series of software updates to the Curiosity Mars rover designed to optimize it for surface operations.

Rover camera shows Red Planet in color

The Curiosity rover's sent back the first images from its color Mast Camera (Mastcam), along with a 360-degree panorama of Gale Crater.

NASA releases Curiosity landing images

Stunning images are already being beamed back from the Curiosity Mars rover as it undergoes a series of health checks before beginning its mission of exploration.

NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars


NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars at 10:31 p.m. Aug. 5 PDT, or about 3 p.m. local time on the red planet.



Mars Curiosity Rover will face its moment of truth

NASA's Mars Curiosity remains on track to reach its destination on August 5, when the rover begins its complex descent to the red planet.

NASA wants you to land Curiosity rover on Mars

NASA and Microsoft have coded an Xbox Live game that allows players to land  a virtual copy of the space agency’s Mars Curiosity rover on the red planet.

NASA tweaks Mars rover landing plans

NASA has decided its precision landing gear is accurate enough to let it land the Curiosity Mars rover a lot closer to its target than expected.