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  • August 15, 2012   BY Jenny Marder 

    NASA’s intrepid Mars Rover, Curiosity has been through a lot in the past year. It flew 354-million miles, deployed a supersonic parachute and sky crane and landed on the surface of Mars. And while it undergoes equipment checks, it’s been busy snapping photos of the hazy, dust-covered planet, which you can see in this slide show. Continue reading

  • August 6, 2012  

    It only took minutes for Curiosity to land on Mars. But the celebration of the successful landing — and the mission itself — will last much longer. Judy Woodruff talks to science correspondent Miles O’Brien and John Grunsfeld of NASA about Curiosity and the years NASA scientists spent planning the journey to Mars. Continue reading

  • August 3, 2012  

    NASA will soon attempt to land the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars. If all goes as planned, Curiosity will enter the Martian atmosphere, slowing its descent by releasing a parachute, and lower to the surface on a tether with the help of a ‘sky crane.’ Miles O’Brien previews the anticipated rover landing on the Red Planet. Continue reading