Sixteen scientists from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Japan have been chosen to help future samples from the Red Planet achieve their full potential.
Dusty solar panels and darker skies are expected to bring the Mars lander mission to a close around the end of this year.
Collecting samples as it explores an ancient and now-dry river channel is but one goal the six-wheeled geologist will pursue during its second Red Planet exploration.
A new study based on recordings made by the rover finds that the speed of sound is slower on the Red Planet than on Earth and that, mostly, a deep silence prevails.
Meet the project manager of the first rocket to launch from the surface of another planet, the Mars Ascent Vehicle.
The award brings NASA a step closer to the first robotic round trip to bring samples safely to Earth through the Mars Sample Return Program.