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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and its recent tracks from driving in Gale Crater appear in an image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2013.

Excerpts from the large HiRISE observation are at:, showing the rover, and


This month marks the ten year anniversary of the landings of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. The Jet Propulsion Lab has put together a collection of images and other multimedia surrounding the mission. Check it out at


The following is a "Martian Diaries" blog entry by Curiosity Project Scientist, Dr. John Grotzinger. This entry was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover's findings.

30 DEC 2013 - It was fun for me to catch up with Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary...


The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed a software upgrade on the vehicle and is next planning a check of wear and tear on the rover's wheels.

"Curiosity is now operating on version 11 of its flight software," said Jim Erickson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, project manager for the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Project, which operates Curiosity.

This is the third upgrade version since Curiosity's landing on Mars 16 months ago. Completing the switch...


NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has passed the milestone of 100,000 shots fired by its laser. It uses the laser as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils.

The 100,000th shot was one of a series of 300 to investigate 10 locations on a rock called "Ithaca" in late October, at a distance of 13 feet, 3 inches (4.04 meters) from the laser and telescope on rover's mast. The Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) uses the infrared laser to excite material in a...


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