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Curiosity's Long Roll to Mount Sharp Begins

In this panorama shot, one can see the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity’s view of its destination—Mount Sharp on Mars. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL / Caltech / MSSS

Curiosity is approaching the biggest turning point to date in its planned two-year mission of exploration on the Red Planet. This is according to NASA [...]

Curiosity Finds Radiation Levels That Could Impact Human Mars Missions

Findings from the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity reveal the amount of radiation that astronauts would be exposed to exceeds career limits imposed by NASA. Photo Credit: NASA

Mars might be further out of reach than we previously thought. This stems from recent findings made by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity’s Radiation [...]

Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record

On the 3,309th Martian day, or sol, of its mission on Mars (May 15, 2013), NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity drove 263 feet (80 meters) southward along the western rim of Endeavour Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

PASADENA, Calif — While Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt visited Earth’s moon for three days in [...]

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity drilled into this rock target, “Cumberland,” during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (May 19, 2013) and collected a powdered sample of material from the rock’s interior. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

PASADENA, Calif — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm [...]

Curiosity Rover Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars

This map shows the location of “Cumberland,” the second drilling target for NASA’s Curiosity rover, in relation to the “John Klein” site, within the southwestern lobe of a shallow depression called “Yellowknife Bay.” The base map is part of an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance [...]

Mars Rover Opportunity Recovers from Minor Glitch

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity working in the Matijevic Hill area on Endeavour’s rim. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University

NASA announced that Mars rover Opportunity recovered from a glitch that forced the rover into standby mode on April 22.

“Opportunity rover is back under ground control, executing a sequence of commands sent by the [...]

Four Decades After It Landed on the Red Planet, Mars 3 Found

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered what could be segments of the Soviet Union’s Mars 3 spacecraft, which disappeared on the Red Planet in 1971. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On May 28, 1971, the Soviet Mars 3 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur atop a Proton-K rocket, just nine days after its sister probe Mars 2. [...]

Google Lunar X Prize: Who To Watch

Image Credit: GLXP

This week in Santiago, Chile, 20 out of 23 Google Lunar X Prize Teams (GLXP) are meeting for an annual summit to better gauge which teams are moving forward with their mission.

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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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