NASA's asteroid sample return mission moves forward

NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016.

Curiosity collects first Martian rock sample

NASA's Curiosity rover has successfully extracted a sample from a Martian rock - the first ever to be collected from a planet beyond Earth.

Curiosity drills into Martian rock

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used the drill on its robotic arm to bore into a rock on Mars and extract a sample for analysis.

Curiosity set to drill its first rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the road again, driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that the team says could help shed light on Mars' watery past.

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.

Sun and planets built of different materials

Our sun and its inner planets may not have formed from the same materials, as previously thought, samples returned by NASA’s Genesis mission indicate.