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 […]

NASA Curiosity Rover Discovers Methane and Organics on Mars

This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars’ atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. of Michigan

NASA’s Curiosity rover has made a double dose of […]

Curiosity Determines Ancient Lake Was Habitable, While MRO Suggests Water Might Still Flow on Mars

This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This week, NASA released some very interesting findings regarding water on Mars, from both the agency’s Curiosity rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It has been known for years that Mars did indeed have liquid […]

Curiosity Rover Finds Conditions Suited for Ancient Mars Life

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: JPL/NASA

NASA’s Curiosity rover has scored several remarkable successes since touching down in the vast, yawning bowl of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Curiosity Findings to be Unveiled at AGU Conference

Two of Curiosity’s wheels, heavily soiled with reddish Martian dust. A total of six wheels have the tough task of enabling the rover’s two-year mission of exploration across the wide expanse of Gale Crater and the lower slopes of Aeolis Mons. Photo Credit: NASA

For those who were expecting confirmation of the discovery of […]