This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover — its main science target, Mount Sharp.
Credit NASA's Curiosity
Part of the rim of Gale Crater, which is a feature the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined, stretches from the top middle to the top right of the image. One of the rover's wheels can be seen at bottom right.
The last couple of years have certainly felt unusually hot in many parts of the U.S., but are they really all that unusual?
Many people wonder whether a warming climate is turning up the temperature or whether it's all just part of the normal variation in the weather. Among scientists, there's a growing view that these latest heat waves are indeed a result of climate change.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (shown here July 2) has said that he'll restore the country's security within his first 100 days in office.
Credit Khaled Desouki / AFP/Getty Images
Militants drove two armored vehicles through a security fence into Israel from Egypt on Sunday, leaving 16 Egyptian soldiers dead and destroying two armored vehicles. An Israeli soldier inspects the wreckage of one of the Egyptian military trucks at a base in Kerem Shalom, Israel.
Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 8:43 am
The bodies of 16 slain Egyptian soldiers are being prepared for burial, a day after 35 gunmen ambushed their border post in the Sinai Peninsula. The incident in northern Sinai is proving to be the biggest challenge for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi since he assumed office about a month ago.
Joe Palca describes the mood of NASA Mars scientists in the wake of the landing overnight, what the latest pictures and data are from the surface of the red planet and what mission scientists are going to do next with Curiosity.