Daaaaamn: NASA's Opportunity Rover Photographed from Mars Orbit

Check out this outstanding photo of NASA's intrepid Opportunity rover. The Agency's HiRISE camera caught a rare glimpse of the spacecraft on Valentine's day while orbiting high above the "Murray Ridge" section of the western rim of Mars' Endeavour Crater. Can you spot it? » 2/20/14 3:20pm 2/20/14 3:20pm

Nobody knows how these mysterious ridges formed on the surface of Mars

Planetary scientists studying photos of Mars's ever-changing landscape have discovered a stunning formation of bedrock ridges near the planet's equator, inside Schiaparelli Crater – but how they formed remains a mystery. » 9/17/13 1:20pm 9/17/13 1:20pm

The most beautiful images of Mars you've ever seen

Using two high-resolution photographs of the same surface, geologists can produce Digital Terrain Models (DTMs). DTMs are hugely useful to researchers looking to measure and model geological processes on other worlds. These DTMs of Mars are also absolutely gorgeous to look at. » 7/02/13 8:00am 7/02/13 8:00am

This is all the beautiful space litter left on Mars by NASA's Curiosity …

Four months ago, NASA landed a one-ton, nuclear-powered rover on the Red Planet, scattering the Martian terrain with heaps of debris in the process. Curiosity, upon arrival, shed so much of its Entry Descent & Landing hardware that high resolution images of the planet's surface are still turning up traces of the rover's … » 12/06/12 9:00am 12/06/12 9:00am

The Most Impressive Photographs You'll See Today: Curiosity's Tracks, As …

Since 2006, NASA's HiRISE camera has been orbiting the Red Planet aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, snapping photos of the planet's surface. In that time, it's also managed to photograph several of NASA's biggest Martian milestones as they happen. This is an image of one of those milestones. » 9/06/12 2:00pm 9/06/12 2:00pm

A photograph of Curiosity during landing has been leaked!

A few hours ago, NASA's HiRISE team announced that it had acquired an image of Curiosity during its epic descent to the Martian surface. That image was originally scheduled to be released at NASA's morning press conference, scheduled for 9:00 am PT, but Spaceflight 101 and Discover magazine are reporting that the image … » 8/06/12 9:00am 8/06/12 9:00am

NASA will attempt to photograph the Curiosity landing. From an…

As of this posting, we are just 2 days, 12 hours, and thirty minutes away from the Curiosity rover making touchdown on Mars. We're excited. NASA's excited. Even Angry Birds is excited. » 8/03/12 10:15am 8/03/12 10:15am

This gorgeous patch of Mars would be a great place to send future…

One of the best ways to learn about a planet's history is to examine its geology, so one of the things scientists look for when sending rovers to Mars is areas on the planet's surface that allow access to multiple layers of diverse and interesting rock types. » 5/03/12 1:52pm 5/03/12 1:52pm

Even Mars has cloudy days

It can be easy to forget, but Mars has clouds very similar to the the ones you find here on Earth. Don't believe me? Here, check out the first photograph ever taken of an overcast Martian sky; or this picture of some stratus clouds, captured about 40 minutes before a Martian sunrise. The thin sheets of cotton-white… » 3/22/12 3:13pm 3/22/12 3:13pm

High resolution images of Mars reveal a stunning, wind-battered…

Who would ever imagine that sand dunes could look so incredible? In this beautiful image, sand trapped in an impact crater in the Red Planet's Moachis Terra region have been sculpted by the winds of Mars into a vast and variegated landscape. » 1/25/12 4:42pm 1/25/12 4:42pm

This is HiRISE, the most powerful camera we've ever sent to another…

The University of Arizona's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera is an incredible piece of equipment. Currently circling the Red Planet aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the instrument is capable of capturing photographs of the Martian surface at unprecedented resolution, averaging about… » 1/11/12 9:15am 1/11/12 9:15am

Now you can explore the surface of Mars at unprecedented levels of…

For years, The University of Arizona's HiRISE camera has been snapping breathtaking high-resolution images of the Red Planet from aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. And now, the UofA's HiRISE team has released an awesome new imaging application called HiVIEW that lets you explore thousands upon thousands of » 12/12/11 2:16pm 12/12/11 2:16pm