It will take Curiosity until at least mid-2014 to reach Mount Sharp, but scientists are already discussing which areas to examine when the rover arrives. One site is a low ridge on the bottom of the mountain that appears to have formed in water.
Researchers have recreated martian clouds in a laboratory on Earth. Their work will help scientists understand the properties of clouds on Mars and the environmental conditions present in the martian atmosphere.
For almost 14 months, Curiosity has been uncovering new clues about the potential for life on ancient Mars. Now, the rover's analysis of a surprisingly 'Earth-like' martian rock is revealing details about the planet's interior.