Watch Wind And Dust Obscure The Violent Traces Of Curiosity's Landing

Opportunity Rover Has A Film Noir Moment In This Shadowy Shot From Mars

This shot shows the Opportunity rover in shadow on Mars, facing Endurance Crater. It was taken in 2004, the year Opportunity began exploring; since then, it's completed the equivalent of a marathon across Martian terrain, discovering evidence of ancient water, and snapping memorable images galore. » 3/29/15 11:00am Sunday 11:00am

Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… » 3/28/15 11:15am Saturday 11:15am

All Hail Opportunity Rover, Future Martian Terror

Back in 2010, XKCD's Randall Munroe devoted a surprisingly moving webcomic to Spirit, NASA's ill-fated and ultimately abandoned Mars rover. Today's comic is about Spirit's twin, the apparently indomitable Opportunity, and its tone is markedly less sentimental. » 3/27/15 4:40pm Friday 4:40pm

Curiosity Just Found A Key Component For Life On Mars

While running a standard sample analysis of some Martian dust, the Curiosity rover made a wonderful discovery — there is nitrogen, one of the essential ingredients for life, on Mars. » 3/25/15 9:20am 3/25/15 9:20am

Mars One Is Broke, Disorganized, and Sketchy as Hell

Remember Mars One? The mega-hyped, one way ticket to go start a colony on Mars assuming it could get a ship and funding and capable colonists and training facilities and the major technological advances necessary to make it all happen? Surprise! According to one finalist, the whole thing is pretty much a scam. » 3/17/15 2:20pm 3/17/15 2:20pm

Kim Stanley Robinson Says Colonizing Mars Won't Be As Easy As He Thought

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy filled us all with hope that we could terraform Mars in the 21st century, with its plausible description of terraforming processes. But now, in the face of what we've learned about Mars in the past 20 years, he no longer thinks it'll be that easy. » 3/13/15 10:44am 3/13/15 10:44am

Here's a Real Photo Of the Mars Location of Andy Weir's The Martian

In The Martian, the stranded astronaut protagonist spends a lot of the story stuck in a site located in the southern Acidalia Planitia. This is an actual image of that area on Mars, based on the map in the book. » 3/13/15 12:30am 3/13/15 12:30am

Here's NASA's Deep Space Rocket Booster In Action, On The Ground

It's the most powerful rocket booster ever built, could be our best bet to set a foot down on Mars, and it just successfully fired up in this test explosion not out in the wilds of space, but right here on the ground — and you can see it in action in these incredible pictures. » 3/11/15 10:20am 3/11/15 10:20am

Mars Loses an Ocean But Gains the Potential for Life

Looking at Mars' dusty, dessicated landscape, it's hard to believe that it once possessed a vast ocean. A recent NASA study of the Red Planet using the world's most powerful infrared telescopes clearly indicate a planet that sustained a body of water larger than the Earth's Arctic Ocean. » 3/07/15 3:10pm 3/07/15 3:10pm

New NASA Findings Suggest Mars Was Once Home To A Giant Ocean

A vast, ancient ocean reaching depths of more than one mile may have once occupied close to half of Mars' northern hemisphere, NASA scientists reported today. » 3/05/15 8:00pm 3/05/15 8:00pm

Why Do We See Familiar Looking Objects On The Red Planet?

What's up with all the "fossils" on Mars? They are figments of our imaginations, driven by our interest to be there – on Mars – and to know that we are not alone. Altogether, they feed a multitude of web pages and threads across the internet. » 2/28/15 10:10am 2/28/15 10:10am

Curiosity's Latest Wide-Angle Selfie Is Its Most Remarkable Photo Yet

Now would be a good time to update your desktop wallpaper. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has snapped a spectacular — if not inexplicable — wide-angled self-portrait at the Mojave Site on Mount Sharp where the probe is currently drilling for samples. Here's how NASA created the extraordinary shot. » 2/25/15 6:40am 2/25/15 6:40am

This Paint-By-Numbers Drawing Was The Very First Image From Mars

On July 14, 1965, Mariner 4 sent home the very first television pictures of Mars during its historic flyby. But instead of waiting for time-consuming image processing, impatient scientists created this awesome colour-by-numbers wall chart from the raw data. » 2/25/15 2:01am 2/25/15 2:01am

A Sunset On the Surface of Mars

Using photos taken from Mars by the Opportunity Rover, NASA has recreated the sunset the rover sees from the red planet. Hit play and be mesmerized. » 2/24/15 1:30am 2/24/15 1:30am

Are These Mountains On Mars Hiding Ice Just Beneath Their Surface?

The pictures of Martian mountain range Phlegra Montes look characteristically dry and dusty. But not so fast, say researchers at ESA. Just 60 feet below the surface, they think there's something buried: Ice. » 2/23/15 9:20am 2/23/15 9:20am

How the Search for Life on Mars Could Be Dooming Itself by Accident

When Curiosity goes looking for organic molecules in Mars's solid surface, it vaporizes a rock sample and sniffs the gas that comes out. The plan could be going awry thanks to a pesky little mineral called jarosite. » 2/22/15 10:01pm 2/22/15 10:01pm

Scientists Struggle To Explain These Bizarre Martian Plumes

Astronomers have been unable to explain the sudden but fleeting appearance of massive plumes high up in the Martian atmosphere. Rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km), these hazy structures are forcing scientists to re-evaluate what they know about the Martian atmosphere. » 2/17/15 8:00am 2/17/15 8:00am

This Is What Mars Looks Like When It's Not Being "The Red Planet"

This photo from the European Space Agency's Mars Express is of the planet's south pole, and the layers of white are frozen water and carbon dioxide. As much as the pole looks smooth here, it's surface is usually compared to swiss cheese. » 2/16/15 1:30am 2/16/15 1:30am