Mars rover Curiosity: a complete guide to tagging along online

If you're enthralled by Curiosity, or just have a passing interest in NASA's latest Mars rover, here's where you can go to stay informed.

NASAs Curiosity rover is rolling on Mars and sending back color photos, videos and other information about the red planet, and its easier than ever to keep up with all of the latest Mars rover news online. You can follow Curiositys adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. If you prefer video, theres Ustream and YouTube. Traditionalists can get their news the old-fashioned way by checking in with a website, and theres even a mobile app to keep you posted while youre on vacation this summer.

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Heres everything you need to know about tracking Curiositys adventures online.

Twitter

Curiosity has its own Twitter account (@MarsCuriosity) where NASA tweets photos taken by the rover as well as links to news updates and press conferences. You can also follow NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA laboratory heading up the Curiosity mission.

Facebook

Check out the Curiosity Facebook page to see past updates about the Mars rover, photos and other information. You can Like the Curiosity page to get updates sent to your news feed or add it to an Interest List for less-frequent updates. You can also Like the pages for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, all the Mars exploration Rovers, and NASA.

Google+

Curiosity doesnt have its own Google+ page, but you can add NASAs G+ page and the Jet Propulsion Laboratorys to your circles for regular updates. Google+ users should also bookmark a Curiosity search on the social network. That way you can check-in and get news updates from other users who find interesting links or photos. Once you save a search, you will find it under the More dropdown menu on your Google+ home page.

Mission Central

You should also bookmark NASAs Mars Science Laboratory Web page in your browser. This page is the central place to find the latest unedited photos from Curiosity, mission information, team blogs, and news.

Curiosity Cam

Its not as exciting as it sounds, but the Jet Propulsion Laboratorys Ustream channel is a good source for Curiosity-related videos including the Rovers landing and the latest press briefings.

Flickr

NASA hasnt shared many Curiosity-related photos on its Flickr page, but keep an eye on this account for any forthcoming photo sets.

YouTube

NASA regularly updates its JPLNews and NASA channels with Curiosity-related news clips. Subscribe to both to get YouTube updates delivered to your inbox.

Mobile App

NASAs Be A Martian app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone lets you check out the latest Curiosity news, photos, and videos while youre on the go. Bad news for Windows Phone users, however, is that your version of the app doesnt appear to be getting the latest photos from Curiosity. You can, however, see the latest Curiosity news.

Finally, Twitter users might enjoy following the foul-mouthed faux tweeter @SarcasticRover, which follows the inner thoughts of Curiosity on Mars.

Sarcastic Rovers latest highlights include:

I wish George Lucas was alive to see this& LOL sorry, I meant I wish his artistic integrity was alive to see this.

HEY .@TheRealBuzz Aldrin! I hear you walked on THE MOON! LOL, THAT'S ADORABLE. JK - you're a hero. BTW, I'M ON MARS. WINNER!

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