Curiosity's Next Mission Looms Large in New Mars Panorama

NASA's Curiosity Rover spent 8 months traveling over 300-million miles to get to Mars. It spent another year getting its bearings, making several major discoveries along the way. Now it has its sights set on 18,000-foot Mount Sharp, its primary scientific target, which features prominently in this recently released… » 2/28/14 1:20pm 2/28/14 1:20pm

Curiosity Gives us a Rearward View of Its Dingo Gap Crossing

When NASA's Curiosity rover successfully navigated Dingo Gap, its cameras were rolling. These images show what the rover saw from its rear Hazard-Avoidance Camera as it spanned the treacherous sand dune. » 2/12/14 8:20am 2/12/14 8:20am

NASA Sued for Failing to Analyze 'Alien Life'

When NASA concluded that a "doughnut-sized" object that appeared mysteriously before its Opportunity rover on Mars was actually an errant rock, it left some people dissatisfied: A lawsuit brought against the Agency alleges NASA not only failed to adequately investigate the object, but that it is biological in nature. » 1/29/14 6:20am 1/29/14 6:20am

NASA's Opportunity Rover Celebrates a Decade on Mars

Ten years ago today, the Opportunity rover landed on Mars. In this newly released retrospective, NASA engineers reflect on the challenges they've faced keeping this intrepid little rover roving well beyond its original 90-day mission. » 1/25/14 8:40am 1/25/14 8:40am

See Mars through a rover's eyes with this interactive panorama

This newly released Mars panorama gives armchair explorers a 360°, rover's-eye view of the Red Planet, from a vantage point near the base of Aeolis Mons. Also known as Mount Sharp, the 18,000-foot mound of sedimentary layers forms the central peak of Gale crater, and is the Curiosity Rover's primary scientific target.… » 11/12/13 1:48pm 11/12/13 1:48pm

Here's why everybody is freaking out about methane on Mars

After almost a year of searching, NASA's Curiosity rover has turned up no traces of the four-pronged hydrocarbon known as methane. This special molecule is regarded by many as a chemical signature of past or present life on the red planet. That means there's no life on Mars, right? Wrong. » 9/20/13 10:04am 9/20/13 10:04am

Curiosity Rover's first year on Mars, distilled down to two minutes

Tuesday, August 6th will mark the one-year anniversary of Curiosity's epic arrival on the surface of Mars. To celebrate, here now is a rover's-eye-view of the Mars Science Laboratory's first twelve months on the Red Planet – full of scooping, drilling, laser-ing and plenty of driving. » 8/01/13 1:32pm 8/01/13 1:32pm

NASA is getting ready to search for signs of life on Mars

The goal of NASA's Curiosity rover is to determine if Mars was ever capable of supporting life. But the Agency's next rover, set to launch in 2020, could take things one giant step further. Given recent findings, says Jack Mustard, chairman of the Agency's Science Definition Team, "past Martian life seems possible, and… » 7/10/13 12:17pm 7/10/13 12:17pm

Was life possible on Mars? Curiosity's on a one-year trek to find out.

Last August, NASA landed Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Now, after almost one year of preliminary investigations, the most scientifically capable rover in history has its sights set on its primary scientific target, Mount Sharp – a three-mile-high peak at the center of Gale Crater. » 7/09/13 12:29pm 7/09/13 12:29pm

NASA unveils a spellbinding billion-pixel panorama of Mars

In a beautiful demonstration of Curiosity's imaging abilities, NASA has just released a stunning interactive 1.3-billion pixel panorama of the surface of Mars, as photographed by the rover's Mastcam. » 6/19/13 4:30pm 6/19/13 4:30pm

NASA releases three new high-res panoramas of Curiosity on Mars

Each photo comprises more than 20 raw images captured of NASA's one-ton roving robot and the surrounding landscape at different stages of its Martian mission. These massive panoramas, created by Ken Kremer and Marco Di Lorenzo, give us some of the most realistic glimpses yet at Curiosity's life on Mars. » 4/30/13 3:40pm 4/30/13 3:40pm

Curiosity Rover has been sidelined again

The good news: last week, NASA's Curiosity Rover confirmed that Mars was once capable of harboring life. The bad news: for the second time in as many months, the Agency's new robotic rover has had its scientific mission compromised by technical difficulties. The good news again: if all goes well, Curiosity should be… » 3/19/13 8:20am 3/19/13 8:20am