Before being consumed by a global dust storm last year, NASA’s Opportunity rover was able to capture its surroundings in the Perseverance Valley
The spacecraft encountered a hurdle last Friday, when a hiccup during boot-up interrupted its planned activities and triggered a protective safe mode
After turning a 90 sol mission into a 15 years adventure, NASA have finally said goodbye to the rover they last contact with in June 2018
NASA’s art and design outreach projects have produced a stylish Moon rover
On board NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will be a helicopter the size of a softball which will provide the first-ever technological demonstration of aircraft analysis on Mars
The rover’s team is working to restore its sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars
Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain
A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another
A routine check of the aluminium wheels on Curiosity has found two small breaks on the rover’s left middle wheel
After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet, NASA’s mobile laboratory is driving toward other destinations
The space agency is ready to proceed with the construction of its next Martian machine, currently targeted to launch in 2020
Marathon Valley has provided fruitful research targets since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on
This month, the rover will examine rocks that may have been chemically altered by water billions of years ago
A miniaturised laboratory that analyses samples for materials associated with life is being constructed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Martian image comes after NASA’s rover drilled its eighth hole on the Red Planet
We may be closer to solving the mystery of how the Red Planet changed from a world with surface water to the arid place it is today
See and hear the incredible experience of trundling along the terrain of the Red Planet
Astrobotic tells spaceanswers.com how it plans to make the first soft lunar landing since 1973
On 6 August 2012 the world watched in awe as a rover the size of a car descended to the surface of Mars under a rocket-powered contraption and touched down on the ground. Almost a decade in the making the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), better known as the Curiosity rover, has been a massive success story for NASA. Never before has such a large and complicated vehicle landed on another world. Our timeline below shows you just what the rover has been up to on the Red Planet.
In the 12 months Curiosity has been operational it has been making some tentative steps towards achieving its numerous goals, which include assessing Mars for signs of past and present habitability. NASA has been careful to only take baby steps so far, but in the next year Curiosity will be pushed to the limits as it explores its surroundings and heads towards its ultimate goal, Mount Sharp (a mountain also known as Aeolis Mons), which rises 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) above the floor of Gale crater and has layers of sediments that may hold clues revealing the history of Mars.
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12 months on from one of the most ambitious landings ever attempted, we take a look back at what NASA’s rover has been up to on the Red Planet.
Thousands of frames are stitched together here to show the entirety of Spirit’s mission on the Red Planet.