Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars. While the hardy rover was designed to withstand punishing space weather, its handlers decided to power it down as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem.
Fresh off drilling into a rock for the first time, the Mars rover Curiosity is prepping for the next step: dissecting the pulverized rock to determine what it’s made of.
LOS ANGELES — NASA’s next-generation rover to the surface of Mars, which is already over budget and behind schedule, faces significant hurdles as it races to the launch pad for a November lift-off, said an internal audit released on Thursday. The space agency insisted the remaining work to be done will not result in yet [...]