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

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

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

NASA's Curiosity Rover prepares to drill, baby, drill

Rovers, landers and satellites have been turning up evidence of a wet Martian history for years. Now, NASA's recently landed Curiosity rover has happened upon even more signs of the planet's watery past: veins of hydrated calcium sulfate (visible in the outrcrop pictured above) stretching across the planet's surface —… » 1/16/13 8:20am 1/16/13 8:20am

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

In (Partial) Defense of Overzealous Scientists: A Reflection on…

Right before Thanksgiving, Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that NASA's rover had discovered something earthshaking on the Red Planet. "This data is going to be one for the history books," he crowed, declining to say more until results from the rover's SAM instrument — an onboard chemistry lab… » 11/29/12 8:45am 11/29/12 8:45am

Scientists claim to have discovered something "earthshaking" on Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory team has hinted that they might have some big news to share soon. But like good scientists, they are waiting until they verify their results before saying anything definitive. In an interview on NPR today, MSL Principal Investigator John Grotzinger said a recent soil sample test in the SAM… » 11/20/12 12:35pm 11/20/12 12:35pm

NASA Curiosity Scientist Ashwin Vasavada discusses human missions to…

Looking at photos of the surface of Mars as a kid, NASA scientist Ashwin Vasavada says he viewed Mars as exotic, but not that exotic. And when you think about it, that description makes a lot of sense; after all, Mars is likely to be the first planet in the galaxy (other than Earth, obviously) to host a human… » 10/18/12 12:39pm 10/18/12 12:39pm

Three Life-On-Mars scenarios, as described by NASA Curiosity Scientist …

Is there (or was there ever) life on Mars? In this great little video — produced by the folks over at thinkrtv — Dr. Ashwin Vasvada, NASA's Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars Curiosity mission, presents three theories surrounding life on the Red Planet, and describes how rovers like Curiosity are helping us paint… » 10/09/12 10:40am 10/09/12 10:40am

Here's one last video of Curiosity's landing. Because holy crap, is it…

Think you've seen the internet's best video of Curiosity descending to the surface of Mars? Think again. Featured above is likely the world's first "true motion-flow" version of Curiosity's touchdown, and it is nothing short of remarkable. Trust us — you need to see this. » 9/13/12 11:05am 9/13/12 11:05am

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

Feast your eyes on Curiosity's latest photos of Mars, including new…

You're looking at a small section of a vast and colorful panoramic view of Mars, one of the latest to be beamed back by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama (click here for full-res) shows a 360-degree view of the rover's landing site, and a clear shot of the highest visible reaches of Mount Sharp, the rover's primary… » 8/28/12 12:03pm 8/28/12 12:03pm

This is hands down the most breathtaking version of Curiosity's descent …

Drop whatever you're doing and watch this. A few days ago, NASA released the full-resolution video of the Curiosity rover touching down on the surface of Mars. It's absolutely beautiful, but the images were only captured at about four frames per second, resulting in clear but choppy footage. That's where this video… » 8/26/12 3:25pm 8/26/12 3:25pm