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Mars Curiosity Rover

On 5 August NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, also known as Curiosity, is expected to touch down on Mars. It will be the biggest and most ambitious mission ever flown to the red planet. The nuclear-powered rover's destination is Gale crater, where it will climb a mound in the hope of teasing apart the planet's complicated environmental history. Nature presents a collection of our coverage of the mission and Mars science.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech




  • The time machine

    Dating features on the Moon and Mars is guesswork. Scott Anderson is building a tool to change that.

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  • Planetary science: A whiff of mystery on Mars

    The surprising discovery of methane in Mars's atmosphere could be a sign of life there. Researchers are now working out how to find its source, reports Katharine Sanderson.

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  • Seeing red

    Latest mission to Mars promises close-up view of planet's surface.

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