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 […]

The Saline Slopes of Mars: NASA Confirms Evidence for Flowing Liquid Water

False color image of RSL on slopes in Hale crater. The blue color is thought not to be related to their formation, but instead are from the presence of the mineral pyroxene. The image is produced by draping an orthorectified (Infrared-Red-Blue/Green(IRB)) false color image (ESP_030570_1440) on a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of the same site produced by High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (University of Arizona). Vertical exaggeration is 1.5.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

False-color image of RSL on slopes in Hale crater. The blue color is thought not to be related to their formation, but instead are from the presence of the mineral pyroxene. The image is produced by draping an orthorectified (Infrared-Red-Blue/Green(IRB)) false color image (ESP_030570_1440) on a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of the same site […]

New Study Helps Answer Mystery of What Happened to Mars' Early Atmosphere

Mars used to have a thicker atmosphere and water on its surface. Image Credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO

Mars used to have a thicker atmosphere and water on its surface, but what happened to that atmosphere has been a mystery. New research may finally help answer that question. Image Credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO

The question of how Mars changed from a once wet world to the much colder and drier one we see […]

MAVEN's Half-Billion-Mile Journey to Mars Now 30 Days Out From Red Planet

An artist’s rendition of MAVEN at Mars. Image Credit: NASA / GSFC

The spacecraft tasked with carrying out NASA’s first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere is now just 30 days out from the Red Planet, having so far covered 405 million miles over the last nine months, as it quietly cruises the […]

What Is the 2020 Mars Rover's Mission?

A blueprint for the new Mars exploration rover, which is planned to launch in 2020.Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s December 2012 announcement that a new Mars rover would be launched in 2020 has left a lot of room for speculation about what the mission’s objectives will be. The rover will have the same chassis design […]

Curiosity Puts 7-Foot Robotic Arm To Work, Treks East Towards First Target

The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). The 7-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) arm maneuvers a turret of tools including a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, a scoop and mechanisms for sieving and portioning samples of powdered rock and soil. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The extended robotic arm of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity’s Navigation camera (Navcam). The 7-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) arm maneuvers a turret of tools including a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, a scoop and mechanisms for sieving and portioning samples of powdered rock and soil. Photo […]

Past Oceans on Mars? Maybe - Maybe Not

Did Mars once have oceans? Dueling theories provide conflicting pasts for the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

The debate over the history of water on Mars first began even before the first spacecraft flew by the planet. But after Mariner 4 scientists learned that Mars was currently devoid of […]

Curiosity Success!

Curiosity successfully landed on Mars at 1:31 EDT, according to CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who led the Mars Science Laboratory project for NASA. From the re-orientation of Odyssey to Curiosity’s cruise stage separation, from the opening of the parachutes to the back shell separation, from the powered descent to the deployment of the […]

NASA Official Announces Chair of New Mars Program Planning Group

Former NASA program manager Orlando Figueroa will lead the Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) tasked to reformulate the agency's Mars Exploration Program. Photo Credit: NASA

 

Former NASA program manager Orlando Figueroa will lead the Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) tasked to reformulate the agency's Mars Exploration Program. Photo Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA’ s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, John Grunsfeld, has named former veteran NASA program manager Orlando Figueroa to lead a newly established Mars Program Planning Group […]