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The Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this set of images before and after it drilled a rock nicknamed "Aberlady," on Saturday, April 6 (the 2,370th Martian day, or sol, of the mission). The rock and others nearby appear to have moved when the drill was retracted. This was the first time Curiosity has drilled in the long-awaited "clay-bearing unit."Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity tastes first sample in Clay-Bearing Unit

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched. Now,...
This series of images shows the Martian moon Phobos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (the 2,359th sol, or Martian day, of the mission). The images were captured by Curiosity's telephoto-lens camera, called its Mast Camera (Mastcam) using its right-eye solar filter. The images have been sped up by a factor of 10; the entire eclipse lasted about 35 seconds. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates Mastcam. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the mission's Curiosity rover for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

NASA’s Curiosity captured two solar eclipses on Mars

When NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed in 2012, it brought along eclipse glasses. The solar filters on its Mast Camera (Mastcam) allow it to...
NASA's Curiosity Mars took this image with its Mastcam on Feb. 10, 2019 (Sol 2316). The rover is currently exploring a region of Mount Sharp nicknamed "Glen Torridon" that has lots of clay minerals. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

After a reset, Curiosity is operating normally

On Feb 13, NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars was declared ‘dead’, leaving Curiosity as NASA’s only functioning rover left on the planet Mars. Now,...
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New Model Predicts When People Are Willing To Try New Things

People keep moving forward, open new doors, and try new things. Because they are curious and curiosity keeps leading them down new paths. For...