Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents . "From what we know now, the answer is yes." NASA recently explained a serious issue that the Curiosity rover encountered on Mars. › Read more. Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing. November 1, 2017. NASA has had an interesting start to 2019 when it comes to its Mars rovers. Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of JPL said, "Using data from orbiters and our own approach imaging, the team has chosen places to pause for more extensive studies on the way up, such as where the rock layers show changes in appearance or composition.

Curiosity's feat will further validate the rover's rocker-bogie wheel system, which allows it to tilt by up to 45 degrees on an incline without any danger of flipping over. … "Now we'll have a chance to examine the layers up close as the rover climbs," Fraeman said. Boron, not boring.

Curiosity was the first to identify the mineral boron on Mars, in a mineral vein embedded … NASA's trusty Curiosity rover has been chilling out on Mars for year over six years now. › Read more. NASA's Curiosity rover is discovering odd rocks halfway into a region called the "clay-bearing unit." On July 16, 2013, the Curiosity rover reached a milestone in its journey across Mars, having traveled 1 km (0.62 mi), since its landing in 2012; on August 1, 2013, … Image Gallery. According to the agency, the rover momentarily got lost after it failed to analyze its exact position. However, in a statement detailing the feat, NASA officials did say that as a result of Curiosity's adventures, there is the odd occasion of wheel spin that explains the complications of its climb.