Curiosity

  • NASA Mars Curiosity rover's primary mission begins 2 days ago

    Washington: NASA's Curiosity rover has just drilled its first hole in the foothills of Mount Sharp, the 5-kilometre-high mountain on Mars that is the primary destination for the six-wheeled machine's mission. The rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp last week and collected...
  • NASA's Curiosity clicks picture of a 'traffic signal' on Mars 5 days ago

    New York: Are aliens using traffic signal to cross roads on Red Planet? Fun apart, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has clicked a picture on the Martian surface that resembles a "traffic signal". The "traffic signal" was spotted by a British UFO enthusiast named Joseph White. Curiosity, while busy scanning the surface, snapped...
  • Mangalyaan clicks and sends the first image of Mars 6 days ago

    New Delhi: India's Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan has released the first picture of the red planet after successfully entering into the Martian orbit on Wednesday. The official Twitter handle of ISRO's Mars Orbiter uploaded a picture of our neighbouring red planet with the caption, "the view is nice up here," on...
  • 'Namaste', 'Howdy': ISRO's Mangalyaan, NASA's Curiosity Rover greet each other on Mars 1 week ago

    As India made history with the insertion of Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan into the orbit of the red planet, it was a treat for those on Twitter. Twitteratti saw a fun exchange of tweets between NASA's 2012 Mars mission Curiosity, ISRO's Mars Orbiter and NASA's 2014 Mars...
  • NASA rover Curiosity clicks a selfie on Mars May 3, 2014

    New York: Don't miss this selfie from the red planet. NASA's rover Curiosity has started drilling on Mars for the third time and did not miss the opportunity to take its Martian selfportrait. The drill has begun at a geologically interesting location nicknamed 'The Kimberley'. In this selfie, Curiosity appears to be...
  • Electrical problem puts Curiosity's operations on hold November 21, 2013

    NASA engineers have temporarily suspended all science operations by Mars rover Curiosity after the sixwheeled robot developed an electrical issue. NASA is running tests to check possible causes of a voltage change detected on the rover on November 17. The team detected a change in the voltage difference between the chassis and...
  • NASA's Curiosity unable to detect methane on Mars September 20, 2013

    No life on Mars? Hopes of finding alien life on Mars may have been dashed after new data from NASA's Curiosity rover revealed that the Red Planet lacks methane gas, researchers, including one of Indian origin, say. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a question of...
  • NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drives solo for first time September 1, 2013

    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on the red planet. This latest addition to Curiosity's array of capabilities will help the rover cover the remaining ground en route to Mount Sharp, where...
  • NASA's Mars rover Curiosity spies solar eclipse August 30, 2013

    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity turned its cameras skyward to snap pictures of the planet's moon, Phobos, passing in front of the sun, images released on Thursday show. Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012 for a two-year mission to determine if the planet most like Earth in the solar system has,...
  • Mars could have once supported life, says NASA March 13, 2013

    Washington: An analysis of rock samples collected by the Curiosity rover indicates that Mars could have supported living microbes, the American space agency NASA has said. "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment. From what we know now, the answer is yes,"...
  • NASA's Mars Curiosity rover to ingest drill sample February 18, 2013

    London: NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, which is seeking new insights on whether the Red Planet supported microbial life in past, is readying to ingest the rock sample it picked up a week ago. The mission's chief scientist, John Grotzinger, said he expected this to happen very shortly. The Curiosity rover,...
  • NASA's robotic rover Curiosity drills into Martian rock February 10, 2013

    Washington: For the first time, NASA's rover Curiosity used its onboard drill to collect a sample of Martian bedrock that might offer evidence of a longgone wet environment, the US space agency reported on Saturday. Drilling down 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) into a patch of sedimentary bedrock, Curiosity collected the...
  • NASA's Curiosity rover readying to drill on Mars January 16, 2013

    Los Angeles: Scientists have zeroed in on a Martian target for the Curiosity rover to drill into: A rock outcrop as flat as a pool table that's expected to yield fresh insight into the red planet's history. Running a tad behind schedule, Curiosity was due to arrive at the site...
  • NASA rover tracks big dust storm on Mars November 27, 2012

    Washington: A NASA spacecraft is keeping tabs on a vast dust storm on Mars that has spawned changes in the Martian atmosphere felt by Curiosity rover on the Red planet's surface. The Martian dust storm was first spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on November 10 and has been...
  • Mars rover finds evidence of 'vigorous' stream September 28, 2012

    Cape Canaveral: NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, dispatched to learn if the most Earthlike planet in the solar system was suitable for microbial life, has found clear evidence its landing site was once awash in water, a key ingredient for life, scientists said on Thursday. Curiosity, a roving chemistry laboratory the size...
  • Curiosity's tyre tracks on Mars visible from space September 8, 2012

    Washington: NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars, in a way so big that it can be seen from space. In just one month, it's driven 368 feet on the red planet, slightly more than the length of a football field. Curiosity's slightly zigzaggy tyre tracks were photographed...
  • 'Will.i.am' song to be broadcast live from Mars August 28, 2012

    Los Angeles: NASA's Curiosity rover is making global headlines as it travels uncharted territory on Mars, and it will venture into new realms back on Earth this week when it premieres a new will.i.am song. The Black Eyed Peas rapper's tune 'Reach For The Stars' will be broadcast live from the...
  • NASA's Mars rover sends voice recording, images August 28, 2012

    Washington: In yet another landmark achievement, NASA's Curiosity rover has sent back the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back. In spoken words radioed to the rover on Mars and back to NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) on Earth, the space agency Administrator Charles Bolden,...
  • Angry Birds now go to Mars August 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Rovio Mobile, makers of the popular mobile game Angry Birds, is all set to take the birds to the next level. Rovio has released a brand new campaign for its Angry Birds Space installment. The Angry Birds Space will now feature new missions which carry on the...
  • Curiosity spots 'UFOs' zooming across Mars August 23, 2012

    London: NASA's Curiosity rover has captured a strange white light dancing across the horizon of Mars and four blobs hovering in the sky, which UFO hunters claim are alien ships monitoring humans' baby steps into the universe. While the images are certainly a curiosity, NASA and photography experts insist they are...
  • Curiosity's test drive a historic moment, says project manager August 23, 2012

    Pete Theisinger, the Curiosity Project Manager, has said that Curiosity's first test drive and the fact that everything was on track was a big achievement. ...
  • Curiosity rover aces first test drive on Mars August 23, 2012

    Cape Canaveral: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took a 16minute drive on Wednesday, its first since reaching the Red Planet to search for habitats that could have supported microbial life. The $2.5billion, twoyear mission, NASA's first astrobiology initiative since the 1970sera Viking probes, kicked off on August 6, with a risky, but...
  • Mars rover Curiosity prepares for test drive August 22, 2012

    Los Angeles: Scientists on Tuesday prepared to send Curiosity on its first test drive over the billionyearold rocks of Mars and said a busted wind sensor won't jeopardize its mission of determining whether life could exist there. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena turned four of the rover's six...
  • Mars rover Curiosity shoots a rock with laser August 20, 2012

    Pasadena: NASA's Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock, aiming its laser for the sake of science. During the target practice on Sunday, Curiosity fired 30 pulses at a nearby rock over a 10second window, burning a small hole. Since landing in Gale Crater two weeks ago, the sixwheel rover...
  • 'Brain transplant' on Curiosity rover completed August 15, 2012

    Los Angeles: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has announced that it has completed "brain transplant" on Mars rover Curiosity. As its main and backup computers have been successfully upgraded with new software after a fourday effort, Curiosity is now a big step closer to begin its mission of...
  • After Curiosity, uncertainty on NASA's Mars program August 12, 2012

    Pasadena: This week's arrival of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity set the stage for a potentially gamechanging quest to learn whether the planet most like Earth ever had a shot at developing life, but followup missions exist only on drawing boards. The United States had planned to team up with Europe on...
  • Watch: NASA's Curiosity's first video from Mars August 11, 2012

    Six days after landing on Mars, NASA's first nuclearpowered rover Curiosity has uplinked its first 360degree panoramic view in colour. ...
  • NASA's Curiosity sends new pictures from Mars August 10, 2012

    Washington: Giving new insight into the Mars landscape, NASA's Curiosity has sent first set of colour images from the 'Red planet', the US space agency said. The agency said the set of images give first coloured horizontohorizon glimpse of the Gale Crater. "After a year in cold storage, where it...
  • Curiosity sends back flood of new views from Mars August 8, 2012

    Pasadena: NASA has received a flood of new black and white images from the Curiosity rover on Mars that it will stitch together to make a panorama. The photos began pouring in on Wednesday morning after the nuclear powered rover raised its camera equipped mast. The raw images reveal the rover's...
  • NASA's Curiosity rover sends colour photo from Mars August 7, 2012

    Pasadena: NASA's Curiosity rover has beamed back its first color photo from the ancient crater where it landed on Mars and a video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its whiteknuckle dive through the Martian atmosphere, a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world. The picture released on...