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

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

10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began a 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA's Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly ten years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong. » 7/07/13 4:46pm 7/07/13 4:46pm

Read the jealous letter Dr. Bunsen Honeydew wrote to the Mars Rover…

The Muppets' Dr. Bunsen Honeydew considers himself the foremost pioneer in crazy scientific endeavors. So when NASA landed the Rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, Bunsen was understandably miffed. Still he was classy enough to send a letter of congratulations to the team, along with his offer of help. » 3/10/12 9:30am 3/10/12 9:30am

Now you can have the latest photos of Mars sent directly to your phone

NASA's Opportunity rover has been sending images of Mars back to Earth since 2004. Now, computer scientist Mark Powell, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has developed a free app for iPhone and Android that wires these photos directly to your phone. » 1/12/12 1:36pm 1/12/12 1:36pm

NASA claims to have found "bullet proof evidence" of Mars' watery past

A few weeks ago, NASA scientists announced they'd discovered something completely new on the surface of the Red Planet. Now they know what it is —and they're calling it the most powerful evidence for liquid water on Mars ever encountered by the Opportunity Rover. » 12/08/11 8:30am 12/08/11 8:30am

10 Unsolved Martian Mysteries

For decades, humanity has been launching missions to Mars, in hopes of making sense of the enigma that is our solar system's most Earth-like planet. And as with all good mysteries, many of our investigations have simply led to more questions. » 11/28/11 10:24am 11/28/11 10:24am

NASA: We've discovered something completely new on the surface of Mars

NASA may be ramping up for the launch of its next Mars rover mission later this month, but the Agency's Opportunity rover — which has been chugging around the Martian landscape for close to eight years, now — refuses to recede into obsolescence. You're looking at a close-up of the Martian surface, recently shot by… » 11/08/11 6:55am 11/08/11 6:55am

Watch Mars Rover Opportunity's three-year trip from Victoria Crater to…

NASA's robotic Mars Rover Opportunity has been trekking around the surface of Mars for close to eight years now, over 30 times longer than its planned mission duration. While on Mars, the hardy Opportunity moves at a pretty leisurely pace. It took this Energizer-bunny of a rover just short of three years to span the… » 10/11/11 8:00am 10/11/11 8:00am

Mars Science Lab Rover Mission Delayed Two Years

Sad news for the Mars Science Lab (MSL) mega-rover, big sister to the little rovers who've been roaming Mars for the past few years. The robot was supposed to launch next year, and start exploring Mars with a lot more scientific equipment (including a laser) than the current rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. It would… » 12/05/08 1:40pm 12/05/08 1:40pm