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We're going back to Mars in 2016!

Bill Nye • August 20, 2012 • 9

Today, NASA announced the newest Discovery-class mission, a Mars lander called InSight. It's not a rover; it's a drill that will go down 5 meters and help us figure out what happens in the core of our neighboring terrestrial planet.

The first Curiosity 360-degree panorama including the mountain

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2012 • 8

Damien Bouic took Curiosity's Hazcam images of Aeolis Mons / Mount Sharp and merged them with a beautiful 360-degree Navcam panorama to give us our first look at what the view will look like once the mission finally gets higher-resolution images that include the mountain's peak.

Curiosity sol 11 update: Decision to drive to "the high thermal inertia unit" and what that means

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2012 • 8

Some notes from this morning's Curiosity press briefing: the rover will be driving to "Glenelg" to investigate the "high thermal inertia unit." I explain what that means, with psychedelic Odyssey THEMIS images of the landing site.

Some fun with Curiosity MARDI images

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2012 • 9

Yesterday Curiosity returned a pile of full-resolution descent imager photos to Earth. The full-resolution MARDI images are just as great as we anticipated.

Curiosity's Marsdial is on Mars!

Bill Nye • August 14, 2012 • 6

Following the successful landing of the Curiosity rover, it is gratifying indeed to see the third MarsDial© photometric calibration (cal) target on the planet Mars. It is something near and dear to me personally, and it's good for all of us, because it helps us do good science.

Curiosity's high-res Navcam panorama in striking color

Jason Davis • August 10, 2012 • 4

So far, the only high-resolution surface panorama we've seen from Curiosity is the black and white Navcam image. The Mastcam shot a color panorama, but the only version we have so far was created from the lower-resolution thumbnails.

Curiosity sol 4: EDL updates, rover ready for software upgrade

Jason Davis • August 10, 2012 • 3

A recap of the final Curiosity press conference of the week: lots of updates from the entry, descent and landing (EDL) team that safely deposited the rover on Mars, as well as an overview of the rover's R10 software upgrade.

Curiosity sol 3: First Mastcam color thumbnails down, everything "flawless," "nominal"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2012 • 13

Curiosity's third day on Mars has been completed flawlessly, and the first preliminary color view from her Mastcam is lovely.

Curiosity: Most of sol 2 Navcam panorama, plus 18 full-res Descent Imager frames available

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2012 • 10

A look at the latest raw data dump from Curiosity: our first sharp view of the rover and immediate surroundings, plus 18 of the full-resolution descent imager frames are now available. Check out the gravel on Curiosity's deck!!

Grab your 3D glasses for this view of Curiosity's landscape on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2012 • 4

Curiosity fired up her Navigational Cameras on Sol 2 and began to take a look around her. The first four full-resolution frames are enough for a small 3D panorama that shows a lovely landscape. I think we're going to like it here!

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