The lonely Curiosity rover is poised to get a companion on Mars in September 2016 -- so long as NASA's next mission, InSight, goes as planned.
Where Curiosity has been tasked with exploring the surface of Mars, a second rover is needed to probe its innards.
"We're really clueless about the interior," said NASA director of Planetary Science Jim Green.
And by 2016, us earthlings will be more than ready for a little Red Planet romance.
Holy schnikes -- Mark Rober's story could well qualify as a heartwarming tearjerker.
An engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Rober has spent the past seven years of his life working on the Curiosity Rover.
Watch as his whole world comes down to seven heart-pounding minutes.
In 1996, just months before he died, astronomer/astrophysicist/author Carl Sagan recorded this message to future colonists living on Mars.
Very interesting to hear 16 years later, in the light of Curiosity's landing, and cuts jeopardizing our national space programs.
Hopefully a few politicians are listening to his words of wisdom.
Early Bird Special: At 5:57 AM this morning, Space Shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth safely, bringing to a close the 135th and final mission of NASA's 30-year-long Space Shuttle Program.
"Mission complete, Houston," mission commander Christopher Ferguson radioed in as the shuttle touched down at Kennedy Space Center's Runway 15. "After serving the