Flying in Martian Skies: NASA's 2020 Rover Mission Will Include Tiny Helicopter

Artist’s conception of the autonomous, drone-like Mars Helicopter, which will be sent to Mars along with the 2020 rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Excitement has been building for NASA’s next rover mission to Mars, scheduled to launch sometime in 2020. Although it looks a lot like the current Curiosity rover, its mission will be to […]

Curiosity Rover Celebrates 2,000 Sols on Mars As It Prepares to Examine Ancient Clays

Mosaic image of the current view towards Mount Sharp. The region rich in clay minerals cuts across the center of the image. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Time goes by quickly when you are exploring Mars. It may not seem like it, but NASA’s Curiosity rover has now passed the 2,000-sol mark since its landing way […]

Curiosity Rover Finds Seasonal Clues About Martian Methane and Investigates Unusual 'Stick' Formations

MAHLI view of the unusual “tubes” or “sticks” seen by the Curiosity rover on sol 1922. Their origin is currently being debated. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

As we enter 2018, NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to be busy exploring on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, on the lower flanks of Mount Sharp. The rover is gradually […]

Curiosity Rover Closer to Resuming Drilling on Mars Thanks to Testing of New Techniques

Photo of Curiosity’s drill at the end of its robotic arm, during the latest test on Oct. 17, 2017. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars since 2012, analyzing numerous samples of rock and soil in Gale crater, which used to be a large lake a few billion years ago. Almost […]

Hotsprings in Gale Crater? Curiosity Rover Finds New Evidence for Ancient Hydrothermal Activity

Mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in Gale crater. Curiosity found the highest levels of germanium in these veins, evidence for previous hydrothermal activity. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found even more evidence for a previously habitable environment in Gale crater on Mars, according […]

5 Years on Mars, How Curiosity Pulled Off One of the Most Incredible Landings in History

A “self-portrait” of Curiosity beside one of the dunes in the Bagnold Dunes. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

For the silver foxes among us, we may remember where we were when JFK died or when Challenger breathed her last in the skies above the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). But for NASA’s Curiosity rover—which alighted on Mars, […]

'No More Wheelies' Software Gives Curiosity Better Traction on Different Rocks

View of two of the raised treads (grousers) on the left middle wheel of the Curiosity rover which recently broke, including the one seen partially detached at the top of the wheel. NASA has now developed a new algorithm that adjusts the rover’s wheels speed depending on the rocks it’s climbing, to minimize wear […]

New Findings from Curiosity Hint Ancient Mars Lake 'Favorable for Different Microbial Life'

Mudstone lakebed sedimentary deposits seen by the Curiosity rover in Gale crater. The latest findings show that the lake in the crater was stratified and could have supported a wide variety of microorganisms. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Was Mars ever habitable? Did life ever actually exist there? Those are two of the biggest questions for […]

First Breaks Seen in Treads on Curiosity Rover's Wheels, But the Journey Continues

MAHLI view on sol 1641 of two of the raised treads (grousers) on the left middle wheel of the Curiosity rover which recently broke, including the one seen partially detached at the top of the wheel. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

As the Curiosity rover continues its traverse among the buttes and sand dunes of Gale […]

A Martian Paradox: Curiosity Rover Findings Raise New Questions About Water on Ancient Mars

View from Curiosity of the Yellowknife Bay rock formation. Drilled samples here and elsewhere provided evidence that this region used to be at the bottom of a lake, but also that there are little or no carbonate mineral deposits, which should have been produced if the carbon dioxide atmosphere was thicker and warmer billions […]