Love this self-portrait of Curiosity - Belly Check for CuriosityCredit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science SystemsThis view of the lower front and underbelly areas of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 34th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars. This image was taken Sept. 9, 2012.
Mars Rover Curiosity's Tracks from SpaceCredit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaTracks from the first drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover is seen where the tracks end. The image's color has been enhanced to show the surface details better. Image released Sept. 6, 2012.
NASA Puts Mars Rover Curiosity on Standby After Solar Flare - Curiosity has powered down to wait out a Mars-bound solar blast, complicating efforts to bring the 1-ton robot back from a computer glitch. It's handlers put the rover on standby after the sun unleashed a medium-strength flare in the Red Planet's direction Mar 5 - the second recent shutdown for Curiosity, which had just come out of protective "safe mode" Mar 2, as engineers work through an issue with its primary computer system.
Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Collects Sample - A Space First - NASA's Curiosity rover has drilled into a Martian rock and collected samples, marking the first time any robot has ever performed this complicated maneuver on the surface of another planet. The 1-ton Curiosity rover used its arm-mounted drill to bore a hole 0.63 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) deep in a section of sedimentary bedrock on Friday (Feb. 8).
Curiosity Rover Explores ‘Yellowknife Bay’. The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called “Snake River.” The images in the mosaic were taken by Curiosity’s Navigation Camera during the 133rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (Dec. 20, 2012). On Sol 147 (Jan. 3, 2013), Curiosity drove about 10 feet (3 meters) to get a closer look at Snake River for before proceeding to other nearby rocks.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is exploring some new terrain — the pages of MAD magazine. The year-end issue of MAD, out Dec. 18, spotlights Curiosity in its fold-in, a feature that shifts from an obvious image to a hidden one when the page is folded. The rover shares space with the so-called "Tan Mom," an American woman who gained notoriety earlier this year for her sun-scorched features (and for allegedly taking her five-year-old daughter to a tanning salon).
Curiosity Sends Back Incredible Hi-Res Views of Mt. Sharp This image, released today, is a high-resolution shot of the Curiosity rover’s ultimate goal: the stratified flanks of Gale Crater’s 3.4-mile (5.5-km) high central peak, Mount Sharp. The image was taken with Curiosity’s 100mm telephoto Mastcam as a calibration test.