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'Miles and Miles and Miles': Opportunity Sets New Off-World Distance Milestone

Simulated image of Opportunity at work in Endurance crater. The “little Mars rover that could” recently surpassed a 41-year-old “off-world” distance record. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad famously quipped as he stepped upon the Moon’s surface, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small [step] for Neil [Armstrong], but that’s a long [...]

Retro Space Images: Remembering a Lunar Drive

Photo Credit : NASA / Retro Space Images

Roving the Desert: Apollo 17 backup astronauts Charlie Duke and John Young are shown aboard a Lunar Rover mockup during a training session at Tonopah, Nev., in September 1972. Duke and Young had just recently returned from their own trip to the Moon aboard Apollo 16 a [...]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 15 on the Moon

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

“Falcon” on the Plain at Hadley: The Apollo 15 Lunar Module, shown on the surface of the Moon during the second EVA on August 1, 1971. Mission Commander David Scott and the Lunar Rover can be seen in the distance.

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Retro Space Images: Lunar Rover Simulations

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Ground Based Roving: Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin spend time at the Lunar Rover simulator located in the Crew Training Building at Kennedy Space Center. Scott and Irwin are assisted by support crew astronaut Joe Allen, who would also serve as CAPCOM during [...]

Mars Rover Opportunity Halfway to Next Destination

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is halfway to its next destination, Solander Point. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL

Since August 2011, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been exploring the rim of a 14-mile-wide crater called Endeavour that is geologically very distinct from anything the robot craft had previously encountered. Ancient rocks and clay [...]

Chang’e 3: The Chinese Rover Mission

The proposed Chang’e 3 rover, scheduled for launch in December 2013. Image Credit: Glen Nagle.

Currently scheduled for launch in December 2013 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, the Chang’e 3 mission aims to land a Chinese rover on the Moon. If the mission is successful, it will be the first [...]

Tire Tracks to Our Future: 40th Anniversary of NASA's Lunar Rover

NASA sent three Lunar Rovers to the surface of the Moon during the Apollo Program. 2012 marked the anniversary of the final flight of one of these incredible machines. Photo Credit: NASA

Amid the “best of” compilations which marked the end of 2012, December 14 slipped by with little celebration. That Friday morning marked the [...]

40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 4 – “We Shall Return”

The fragility of Earth hangs like a Christmas bauble in the black sky above Taurus-Littrow. Together with Old Glory—earlier planted by Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt—it offered one of the few aspects of colour in this uniformly grey landscape. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago, this month, the ethereal stillness and silence of ages [...]

“Man Must Explore”: The Glorious Voyage of Apollo 15

With the haunting 3,000-foot bulk of Mount Hadley looming behind him, Jim Irwin works with the lunar rover during the first EVA of Apollo 15. Photo Credit: NASA

Four hundred miles north of the Moon’s equator lies a place called Hadley: a small patch of Mare Imbrium at the base of the Apennine Mountains, [...]

NASA Strengthens its RESOLVE

NASA is collaborating with the European and Canadian Space Agencies to develop technologies that could, one day, be used to manufacture oxygen and other vital resources out of the lunar regolith (soil). Photo Credit: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Those that say NASA has forgotten the Moon – haven’t heard about RESOLVE or more [...]