Welcome to Bagnold: Curiosity Rover Reaches Massive Dark Sand Dunes Near Mount Sharp

View overlooking part of High Dune, which is covered in smaller sand ripples. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

View overlooking part of High Dune, which is covered in smaller sand ripples. The image is white-balanced, to show how the scene would look under more Earth-like conditions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Since landing in 2012, the Curiosity rover has seen a lot of varied terrain within Gale crater, including ancient riverbed gravel, sandstone and […]

NASA's Curiosity Rover Approaching Active Martian Sand Dunes After Latest Drilling Completed

The edge of a dark sand dune field can be seen in this false-color Curiosity image from sol 1115. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The edge of a dark sand dune field can be seen in this white-balanced Curiosity image from sol 1115 (Sep. 25, 2015). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Mars is often referred to as a desert world, being bone-dry for the most part, with dust and sand blanketing most of the surface. Some regions are covered in vast […]

Curiosity Rover Confirms Ancient Lake(s) in Gale Crater on Mars

Sedimentary strata at the base of Mount Sharp as seen at the Kimberly location. The strata in the foreground dip toward Mount Sharp, providing evidence of the former lake-filled depression that used to exist before most of the mountain formed. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Sedimentary strata at the base of Mount Sharp as seen at the Kimberly location. The strata in the foreground dip toward Mount Sharp, providing evidence of the former lake-filled depression that used to exist before most of the mountain formed. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Last week there was the exciting news that Mars still has […]

Curiosity Rover Confirms Methane Nearly Non-Existent on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has reported back findings that might impact the discovery of life on Mars. Image Credit: NASA / JPL

For years the planetary science community has speculated, with much optimism, that methane exists in the environment of Mars.  Data from observations of the Red Planet made from Earth and from spacecraft […]

Curiosity Rover Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Since 'Seven Minutes of Terror'

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

A year ago today, the world watched and waited for the moment of truth, as many months of planning and preparation finally gave way […]

Curiosity Rover Assembles Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has taken a hyper-detailed, billion-pixel image of it’s surroundings. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com . Inset Credit: NASA

Just seven weeks shy of its one-year anniversary since making landfall on the rust-hued surface of the Red Planet, NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity continues to […]

Opinion: E.T. Are You Out There?

If the cosmos is filled with alien life, then why haven’t we heard from them? Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

This article originally appeared on the website for The Planetary Society and is republished with permission.

You and your wife are on a two-hour trip late at night in separate cars, travelling through dense fog. […]

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. […]

Curiosity Prepares to Drill First Martian Rock

Curiosity’s destination for its first drilling will be this patch of veined, flat-lying rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

A little over five months since making landfall on the blood-red surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover is heading towards its first sample-drilling target: a flat rock, laced with pale veins, which may yield clues about […]