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 Spied From Orbit by Mountain Drilling Base Where Ancient Water Flowed on Mars

Curiosity on Mars from Above and Below NASA’s Curiosity rover conducts fifth Martian sample drilling campaign at “Mojave 2” rock target in this composite photo mosaic from Sols 864 to 889. The mosaic shows the robotic arm deployed on Sol 889, Feb. 5, 2015 to the “Pink Cliffs” portion of the “Pahrump Hills” rock […]

Curiosity Successfully Obtains First Sample from Martian Rock

This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

Six months since touching down on the surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover has completed the […]

New Findings Put Curiosity's Abilities to the Test

The Rocknest has enabled Curiosity to put its remarkable skills and equally remarkable instrument toolkit to good use. There may not yet be evidence of organic life on Mars, but Curiosity is a living thing: explorer, scientist, lab technician, offroad trucker, and Twitter celebrity. Photo Credit: NASA

No little green men, no Decepticons, and […]

Distant Mars Has Some Similarities to Hawaii, Curiosity Finds

This image, acquired by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Instrument (HiRISE) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, reveals evidence of the blast produced from Curiosity’s Sky Crane during the final moments of descent. Mount Sharp is out of frame at the bottom-left of this image. Photo Credit: NASA

New data from NASA’s Curiosity rover suggests that […]