NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


What’s Up for December 2013

Published on Nov 25, 2013

Track comet ISON’s journey as bright planets and starry events fill the sky this December.


Curiosity’s Path to Mount Sharp

Published on Nov 13, 2013

John Grotzinger, Curiosity’s project scientist, narrates an aerial tour of the rover’s past, present and future traverses on the Red Planet.


Curiosity and MAVEN Explore Mars

Published on Nov 8, 2013

This animation first shows Curiosity working to understand Mars as a past habitat, with a cut to MAVEN arriving at Mars to study the upper Martian atmosphere. Curiosity will not be able to “see” MAVEN on its arrival. Later in the mission, Curiosity may be able to view MAVEN when its orbit passes over Gale Crater at dusk, similar to viewing a low-earth-orbiting (LEO) satellite around Earth. As a precedent, Mars rover Spirit captured the Mars Odyssey orbiter as a bright point in the Martian sky. MAVEN is larger and flies lower, and Curiosity’s cameras are better, so this animation imagines a similar sighting. The animation ends with a celebration of MAVEN, which will help in understanding Mars’ climate history and uncovering when and how long Mars may have had an environment more favorable to microbial life than found today.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/JPL-Caltech


What’s Up for November 2013

Published on Oct 31, 2013

MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere and backyard astronomers can watch Comet ISON race towards the sun at 5 degrees a day.


What’s Up for October 2013

Published on Sep 30, 2013

Juno flies by Earth Oct 9, Observe The Moon Night Oct 12, and glimpse the Moons far side.


Curiosity Rover Report (Sept. 19, 2013): Leave the Driving to Autonav

Published on Sep 19, 2013

As NASA’s Curiosity heads to Mount Sharp, the rover is using autonomous navigation to pick the best route.


Message to Voyager: Welcome to Interstellar Space

Published on Sep 12, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wil Wheaton, Carl Sagan’s son and others share messages to the Voyager 1 spacecraft.


NASA News Conference: Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space

Streamed live on Sep 12, 2013

NASA hosted a news conference on Thurs., Sept. 12, 2013, to discuss NASA’s Voyager mission.

The briefing was held at NASA Headquarters in Washington and air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

For information about the Voyager mission, visit:


Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space

Published on Sep 12, 2013

After decades of exploration, Voyager 1 reaches a historic milestone for mankind–interstellar space. Learn how the team discovered the craft had reached the space between the stars.


Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space

Published on Sep 6, 2013

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft captured these sounds of interstellar space. Voyager 1’s plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013.

The graphic shows the frequency of the waves, which indicate the density of the plasma. Colors indicate the intensity of the waves, or how “loud” they are. Red indicates the loudest waves and blue indicates the weakest.

The soundtrack reproduces the amplitude and frequency of the plasma waves as “heard” by Voyager 1. The waves detected by the instrument antennas can be simply amplified and played through a speaker. These frequencies are within the range heard by human ears.

Scientists noticed that each occurrence involved a rising tone. The dashed line indicates that the rising tones follow the same slope. This means a continuously increasing density.

When scientists extrapolated this line even further back in time (not shown), they deduced that Voyager 1 first encountered interstellar plasma in August 2012.

The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA’s Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

For more information about Voyager, visit: and

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Iowa


Mars’ Moon Phobos Eclipses the Sun, as Seen by Curiosity

Published on Sep 5, 2013

This video clip shows the larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passing directly in front of the sun, in an eclipse photographed by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.


What’s Up for September 2013

Published on Aug 30, 2013

LADEE launch, Comet ISON spotted, moon meetups with Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Juno Earth Swingby Oct 9 preview


Spitzer Space Telescope: 10 Years of Innovation

Published on Aug 26, 2013

Ten years after launch, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes.


Curiosity Rover Report (Aug. 23, 2013): The Odometer Keeps Turning

Published on Aug 22, 2013

While Curiosity continues to blaze a trail to Mount Sharp, the rover takes time to shoot a Martian moon movie


Ape-Like RoboSimian Under Construction

Published on Aug 19, 2013

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed to meet the disaster-recovery tasks of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

This video shows RoboSimian and its unique hands under construction at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as well as simulations of the finished robot.

The RoboSimian team is led by JPL. Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., collaborated on the development of the robot’s unique hands.

More information about RoboSimian is at….

For details about the DARPA Robotics Challenge, visit


Curiosity’s First Year on Mars

Streamed live on Aug 15, 2013

Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
For live chat, visit:

Are you ready for some science? No matter where you are, you can join us for a live public talk from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., about the Curiosity rover’s first year on Mars. This talk will revisit the dramatic, nail-biting landing and some of the mission’s top science results.

The speaker is JPL’s Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity mission.

Since successfully landing on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, 2012, EDT), Curiosity has been refining much of what we know about the Red Planet. The car-sized rover has already achieved its main science goal of revealing that ancient Mars could have supported life. Curiosity is currently en route to investigate the base of 3-mile-high (about 5 kilometers) Mount Sharp, whose exposed layers might hold intriguing information about Mars’ history.

For information about NASA’s Curiosity mission, visit: and

Follow the Curiosity rover on Twitter (@MarsCuriosity) and Facebook

Get answers to some of the most common questions about Curiosity:


Two Moons Passing in the Martian Night

Published on Aug 15, 2013

This sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ.


Curiosity Rover: One Year on Mars

Published on Aug 2, 2013

A look at the challenges and achievements of Curiosity’s first year on Mars


What’s up August 2013: Perseids and a Comet ISON Update

Published on Aug 1, 2013

Perseid Meteors and a Comet ISON update


Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year on Mars

Published on Aug 1, 2013

Here is a rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity’s first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.


Curiosity Has Landed

Published on Aug 6, 2012

Relive the nail-biting terror and joy as NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). See and hear the team inside JPL mission control along with a visualization of the spacecraft’s entry, descent and landing.


Curiosity’s Descent

Published on Aug 6, 2012

The Curiosity Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) captured the rover’s descent to the surface of the Red Planet. The instrument shot 4 fps video from heatshield separation to the ground.


Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

Published on Jun 22, 2012

Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars


Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation

Uploaded on Jun 24, 2011

This 11-minute animation depicts key events of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012. A shorter 4-minute version of this animation, with narration, is also available on our youtube page.


Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation

Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011

This artist’s concept animation depicts key events of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012.

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