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Taking Aim With ExoLance: A New Way to Search for Life on Mars

“Got Life?”—the ExoLance logo. Image Credit: Explore Mars

Is or was there life on Mars? That is one of the biggest and most hotly debated questions in planetary science. The manner in which the evidence has been searched for is also a topic of much discussion. The Viking landers in the 1970s were the [...]

Curiosity Rover Celebrates Second Anniversary on Mars as It Approaches Mountain Goal

A “self-portrait” of the Curiosity rover in Yellowknife Bay, with part of Mount Sharp in the background. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Curiosity rover has been actively exploring Mars for two years now, and as it celebrated its second anniversary today, Aug. 5, it is also, after a lengthy journey, approaching its primary mission goal: the [...]

Comet ISON To Be Photographed From Mars As It Passes By This Tuesday

Comet ISON, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. The comet was near Jupiter’s orbit at the time. Photo Credit: NASA

This Tuesday, Oct. 1, NASA will again attempt to do something that has never been done before: photograph a comet from another world. Various spacecraft on the surface and in orbit around [...]

NASA Selects Four Potential Mars Landing Sites for InSight Mission

NASA has selected four landing sites for the upcoming InSight mission to the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA

In late November, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is expected to thunder away from Earth on a one-way trip to study the thin atmosphere of Mars, but the next mission to land on the Red Planet’s surface [...]

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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Curiosity Rover Drills Holes and Collects First-Ever Sample from Martian Bedrock

The first two holes ever drilled into Martian bedrock, by the Curiosity rover.Photo Credit: NASA / JPl-Caltech / MSSS

The Curiosity rover has successfully used its drill to obtain a sample from inside Martian bedrock! This is the first time ever that such a drilling has been done on Mars, and it has provided the [...]

Curiosity Rover Brushes Off a Rock for the First Time

The brushed area on target rock “Ekwir_1″ as imaged by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Curiosity. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Curiosity rover, the most complex yet of its kind, has an impressive array of instruments to assist in its investigation of the Martian terrain in Gale crater. It has been using its [...]

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 [...]