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08/13/2012

President Obama Calls to Congratulate Curiosity's Team

Kimm Fesenmaier

President Barack Obama called the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday morning to congratulate the Mars Science Laboratory team on the successful landing of Curiosity on the red planet. He said that the accomplishment "embodies the American spirit" and that the White House could not be more excited or grateful. 

08/10/2012

Keeping Up with Curiosity

Kimm Fesenmaier
Since Curiosity touched down safely on Mars, most of her time has been taken up by a series of checkouts, but she has relayed hundreds of images back to Earth, giving the science team plenty to study and discuss.
08/08/2012

Anchors Aweigh

Katie Neith

Hydrophilic researchers in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences take to the salty seas to gather data, explore the deep, and get a firsthand view of the beasts at the bottom.

08/07/2012

Now On Mars: "A One-Ton, Automobile-Sized Piece of American Ingenuity"

Kimm Fesenmaier

The mood at JPL late Sunday night was overwhelmingly, almost deliriously, celebratory. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, touched down safely on Mars and minutes later relayed its first images back to Earth.

08/05/2012

Home Sweet Mars

Kimm Fesenmaier

The "seven minutes of terror" are over, and members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team have finally let out a collective sigh of relief.

 

08/03/2012

Countdown to Mars: What to Expect on Landing Night

Kimm Fesenmaier

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a rover known as Curiosity, is scheduled to land on the surface of the Red Planet on Sunday, August 5. Mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory expects to receive confirmation of the rover's landing around 10:31 p.m. PDT. NASA TV will stream the event online.

08/02/2012

Countdown to Mars: Caltech goes to the Red Planet

Marcus Woo

Caltech's Ken Farley and Bethany Ehlmann will be among the 300 scientists examining the information Curiosity sends home from Mars and trying to figure out what it all means.

08/01/2012

Countdown to Mars: An MSL Photo Album

Marcus Woo

This Sunday, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will finally land on Mars. In anticipation of this upcoming milestone, here are some of the best images of MSL's journey from JPL to Cape Canaveral and onward to the Red Planet.

07/31/2012

Countdown to Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror

Katie Neith

After years of planning and months of travel, the journey of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will culminate with a challenging entry, descent, and landing event on August 5 that will take just a few minutes to complete. But for those in mission control, those final moments—from the time of the spacecraft's entry into the Martian atmosphere to the Curiosity rover's final landing on the Red Planet—will undoubtedly feel like a lifetime.

07/30/2012

Countdown to Mars: Some Curious Facts

Katie Neith

Since launching in November 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory has been traveling on a journey that will traverse over 350 million miles, ending on the Red Planet at 10:31 p.m. on Sunday, August 5. Here are some facts about the Curiosity rover and the mission.