August 10, 2012 Adam Steltzner, the leader of the Mars rover's entry, descent and landing engineering team, says he was terrified of "a false positive celebration" in the control room. Fortunately for him, Curiosity landed perfectly. Now he's eyeing Jupiter's moon.
August 6, 2012 Engineers and reporters worked around the Martian clock and now fatigue has set in.
August 5, 2012 Here's the plan: The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will land gently on Mars at 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday. The rover's entry, descent and landing will last for seven minutes. But the first signals about how that all went won't reach Earth until about seven minutes after it's over.
August 5, 2012 A rover poised for a Mars landing late Sunday will explore higher and farther than any before. It's loaded down with experiments designed to test the rocks and atmosphere of Mars. Question No. 1: Was there life there?
August 3, 2012 Adam Steltzner's father told him he wouldn't amount to much. He spent his youth barely passing school and "studying sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he says. Then he found a purpose in the stars — and led the team that dreamed a daring new scheme to get NASA's latest rover on Mars.
July 9, 2012 Do you have a good idea? Something that could change the world? NPR wants to know. Our new "What's Your Big Idea?" video contest will showcase the big ideas of people ages 13 to 25. It's all part of our exploration of the process of innovation and invention. So, what's your big idea?