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Mars Curiosity Rover, artist's conception of the rover at work on Mars

Curiosity at Work on Mars (Artist's Concept). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This artist's concept (at left) depicts the rover Curiosity, of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface. ChemCam fires laser pulses at a target and views the resulting spark with a telescope and spectrometers to identify chemical elements. The laser is actually in an invisible infrared wavelength, but is shown here as visible red light for purposes of illustration. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, and designed and built Curiosity.

Welcome to the Mars Curiosity Rover Collaborative on NASATalk!

Curiosity is also known as the Mars Science Laboratory Mission. 

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission Goals: Curiosity, NASA's largest Mars rover so far, carries 10 instruments - more than previous rovers. It’s landing site – the Gale crater – is unique. The primary science objective is to assess a small area of Mars as a potential habitat for life, past or present. The mission is scheduled to last one Mars year (approximately two Earth years).

Learn more by viewing the Mars Rover Curiosity videos (listed below) and by visiting the MSL Mission websites. Follow Curiosity on Twitter @MarsCuriosity and Facebook.

More information about Curiosity is below.


Group Announcements

  • Youth Rover Challenge
    Build a LEGO Rover to explore a simulated Mars surface (see simulated surface you can assemble from sandbox materials). For teams of five - including the teacher, youth leader, or coach and four students ages 10 to 17 competing in two different age categories. Regional competitions begin this spring. Learn more about this LEGO robotics competition at:
  • Tetrix Curiosity Rover at World Festival
    Check out the cool remote-controlled rover model built from the TETRIX robotics kit pieces, empowered with an NXT brick and some sensors programmed in ROBOTC on YouTube! Enter textric curiosity.
  • Earn a Mars Curiosity Design Badge!
    Use the Middle and High School Design Packet to assist you in rebuild the model shown or in coming up with your own mobile model of the Mars Curiosity rover. LEGO models are welcome! See the Group Article below for details.

    To encourage more students to explore the STEM areas to acquire knowledge and experience career options, NASA is collaborating with the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) on an activity-badging project. The CET was one of the developers, funded by a grant from McArthur Foundation and Mozilla, Inc., exploring digital badges for lifelong learning. This engineering design challenge is one of the first badgable activities during this pilot year of the project.
  • RSVP for Curiosity Rover Tweetup with Expert in April for National Robotics Week
    We're booking classes or youth groups to tweet with a Mars Curiosity Rover expert for a current update.

    The available time slots will be booked on a first come/first serve basis. Please email with a select a date and 30- to 60-minute time slot choice. First choices limited to U.S. schools and groups. All times are Eastern Time.

    Mon, April 8 – 1:30-3:30pm EDT
    Tues, April 9 – 11:00-12:30pm EDT, 3:00-6:00pm EDT
    Wed, April 10 – 11:00-12:00pm EDT, 1:30-2:30pm EDT
    Thurs, April 11 – 11:00-4:00pm EDT
    Fri, April 12 – 11:00-4:00pm EDT

  • Free Spacecraft 3D iPhone/iPad app lets you control rovers
    A NASA-created app brings robotic spacecraft to life in 3-D. It's available for free download on the iPhone and iPad. Learn more at:
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