Mars rover: The next generation

roundup Make way for Curiosity, a car-size Mars rover that will pick up where Spirit and Opportunity left off. It launched this month, and will arrive on Red Planet next summer.

This is how the Curiosity rover will arrive on Mars next year: a descent stage, known as the Sky Crane, will lower it on cables. That's a change from how Spirit and Opportunity arrived almost a decade ago, atop a lander protected by airbags. NASA

Make way for Curiosity, a car-size Mars rover that will pick up where Spirit and Opportunity left off. It launches this month, and will arrive on the Red Planet next summer.

$2.5 billion Mars rover departs Earth, heads for red planet

After a flawless launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, NASA's costly Mars Science Laboratory rover is safely on the way to Mars for a bold mission to study the habitability of the red planet.
(Posted in Space Shot by William Harwood)
November 26, 2011 3:17 a.m. PT

Ambitious Mars Science Lab rover set for Saturday launch

NASA plans to launch a $2.5 billion nuclear-powered rover to Mars for a long-awaited mission to look for evidence of carbon compounds and past or present habitability.
(Posted in Space Shot by William Harwood)
November 24, 2011 11:27 a.m. PT

Nuclear 'space battery' bests solar for Curiosity

The Mars Science Lab will use an on-board nuclear generator to produce heat and, using thermoelectric devices, generate enough electricity to power the Curiosity robot for years.
(Posted in Cutting Edge by Martin LaMonica)
November 22, 2011 5:22 a.m. PT

Next Mars rover passes key tests on road to launch

With key prelaunch tests complete, engineers gear up to stow appendages and pack up NASA's $2.4 billion Mars rover, Curiosity, for launch to the red planet in November.
(Posted in Space Shot by William Harwood)
August 12, 2011 5:15 p.m. PT

On Mars, satisfaction awaits Curiosity rover

The big rover is two years behind schedule, but NASA engineers say that the time and extra money were well spent. Curiosity is now on track for takeoff in late 2011.
(Posted in Space Shot by William Harwood)
August 20, 2010 4:00 a.m. PT

How the Curiosity rover will land on Mars

Unlike past Mars missions, Curiosity will be lowered to the ground and set on its wheels by a slowly descending "sky crane" designed to unreel the lander like a lure on a fishing line.
(Posted in Space Shot by William Harwood)
August 20, 2010 4:00 a.m. PT

The Mars science gear on Curiosity

The upcoming Red Planet rover features a robot arm, high-resolution cameras, and a suite of instruments in a 165-pound science payload--a weight class well beyond that of the current rovers.
(Posted in Space Shot by William Harwood)
August 20, 2010 4:00 a.m. PT

Mars rover on the move, another yet to come

The rover Opportunity sets a record for duration with its continuing operation on Mars, while NASA gets ready to launch the Curiosity in late 2011.
(Posted in Cutting Edge by Jonathan E. Skillings)
May 21, 2010 1:59 p.m. PT
 

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