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

Home Sweet Mars
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.

 

Countdown to Mars: What to Expect on Landing Night
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.

Countdown to Mars: Caltech goes to the Red Planet
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.

Countdown to Mars: An MSL Photo Album
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.

Countdown to Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror
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.

Countdown to Mars: Some Curious Facts
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.

Mission to Mars
07/27/2012

Mission to Mars

Kimm Fesenmaier

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)—the most capable robotic mission ever sent to the Red Planet—is quickly approaching its destination. A feature-length story about this Mission to Mars appears in the Summer issue of E&S magazine.

An Earthquake in a Maze
07/19/2012

An Earthquake in a Maze

Kimm Fesenmaier

The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its type could ever be. Now, Caltech researchers report on their findings from the first high-resolution observations of the underwater temblor.

Geological Society of America Awards Eiler
06/27/2012

Geological Society of America Awards Eiler

Allison Benter

John Eiler, Robert P. Sharp Professor of Geology and professor of geochemistry at Caltech, has been awarded the 2012 Arthur L. Day Medal by the Geological Society of America (GSA).