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

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

How is the Government Shutdown affecting NASA?

As of 12:00 am this morning, the American Government is offline. Federal employees, besides those deemed absolutely necessary to the essential operations of cabinet-level departments and federal agencies, have been furloughed indefinitely. Among the federal divisions deemed unessential during the shutdown is NASA.… » 10/01/13 9:15am 10/01/13 9:15am

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

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

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

Most Americans predict humans on Mars by 2033, are utterly deluded…

In the wake of the wildly successful landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover on Aug. 6, 2012, it may come as no surprise that the American public are currently feeling rather enthusiastic about exploring Mars. This sentiment has now been bolstered by a recent poll carried out for the non-profit… » 2/11/13 1:07pm 2/11/13 1:07pm

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