Curiosity Is Going To Drill Mars, Looking For Signs Of Past Life

Curiosity is going to peer beneath the red surface of Mars by drilling into it — and scientists are hoping to find signs of ancient life. » 4/16/14 1:19pm 4/16/14 1:19pm

This Chart Shows Every Space Exploration Rover Ever Launched

Maybe it's been the exciting, messiah-like death-and-rebirth of China's lunar rover, Jade Rabbit, but I've been thinking a lot about robotic space rovers lately. There haven't really been all that many — just eight have actually made it to either the moon or Mars. And now, for your use, are all eight collected on… » 2/20/14 1:49pm 2/20/14 1:49pm

China's Lunar Rover Yutu: Not Dead Yet

Just one day after being declared officially dead, Jade Rabbit has suddenly sprung back to life, transmitting a downlink signal to mission controllers back home on Earth. But while the rover may not be completely lost, it's still not clear if it's functional enough to continue the mission. » 2/13/14 7:00am 2/13/14 7:00am

NASA's Curiosity rover is about to make its most daring maneuver yet

Behold the Dingo Gap, an area that NASA scientists are intent on getting Curiosity to explore. But to get there, the Mars rover will have to climb over a 3-foot (1 meter) sand dune. If done incorrectly, it could mark the end of Curiosity's incredible journey. » 2/04/14 7:00am 2/04/14 7:00am

NASA snaps a pic of China's Yutu Rover from 93 miles overhead

China's Yutu rover has been spotted by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LRO). The 60-inch wide robot can be seen as a pair of white pixels just east of a 1,500 (450 m) foot impact crater. Thanks to the image, we now know Yutu's exact location. » 12/31/13 12:00pm 12/31/13 12:00pm

China's 'Jade Rabbit' Rover Heads For The Moon On Sunday

The Yutu “Jade Rabbit” rover will lift off from China this coming Sunday as a part of the Chang’e-3 mission. It'll be the first soft landing on the Moon since Russia’s Luna-24 in 1976 — a drought of 37 years. » 11/29/13 12:20pm 11/29/13 12:20pm

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