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Curiosity Rover Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars

This map shows the location of “Cumberland,” the second drilling target for NASA’s Curiosity rover, in relation to the “John Klein” site, within the southwestern lobe of a shallow depression called “Yellowknife Bay.” The base map is part of an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance [...]

Mars Rover Opportunity Recovers from Minor Glitch

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity working in the Matijevic Hill area on Endeavour’s rim. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University

NASA announced that Mars rover Opportunity recovered from a glitch that forced the rover into standby mode on April 22.

“Opportunity rover is back under ground control, executing a sequence of commands sent by the [...]

The Winds Still Blow in Thin but Active Martian Atmosphere

Mars’ atmosphere is much thinner now than it once was, but it still has clouds, as seen in this NASA photo, as well as fog, wind, dust storms and snow. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

For any future astronauts who land on Mars, there is one piece of advice that shouldn’t even need to be said: [...]

Curiosity's Parachute Captured Flapping in the Martian Breeze

NASA has compiled a series of images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera to show Curiosity’s used parachute flapping in the Martian wind. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The imaging specialists that allow us to see what spacecraft are doing on far-flung worlds are always coming up with new pictures to bring [...]

Will Mars Be Hit By Comet?

Will a comet strike the planet Mars next year? If it does, what does this mean for NASA’s Mars Program? Image Credit: NASA

We might lose one of the two rovers currently roaming Mars, maybe even one of the orbiters that are presently circling the Red Planet—but not due to age or a technical [...]

Follow the Water? No, Follow the Martian Salt

The next direction for NASA, in terms of searching for life on Mars, might not be “follow the water”—it might be “follow the salt.” Image Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS

This article originally appeared in The Mars Society’s The Mars Quarterly. As part of AmericaSpace’s partnership with The Mars Society, they publish stories [...]

Martian Evolution: From Sojourner to Curiosity—A Legacy

The Curiosity rover on Mars has found compelling evidence that the Red Planet could have once supported life. However, it was a long road that led to Curiosity’s capabilities, and it all began with Sojourner. Image Credit: NASA

This article originally appeared in The Mars Society’s The Mars Quarterly. As part of AmericaSpace’s partnership [...]

Opinion: Curiosity, Fermi and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Does life exist on far-flung worlds throughout the universe? Image Credit: NASA

There were two different stories floating around the internet last week—each one startling in its own right, and both highlighting the ups and downs in the search for alien life.

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Curiosity's Instruments Sniff Out Further Evidence of Mars' Watery Past

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has detected further evidence that the Red Planet once could have supported life. Image Credit: Max Q Entertainment

The Mars Science Laboratory rover trolling the dusty plains of the Red Planet has spotted evidence that provides one more bit of proof that Mars was once a wet world. [...]

Distant Horizons: MSL Shoots Panorama of Mount Sharp

The Mars Science Laboratory rover imaged one of its upcoming targets, Mount Sharp. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

On the dusty plains of Mars, from her position in Gale Crater, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has snapped a picture of Mount Sharp. This mountain, which, according to a NASA news release, is taller than any [...]