'Hard to Recapture the Mood': Remembering Project Viking, First Fully Successful Mars Landing Mission (Part 2)

Image of the Martian surface from Viking 2. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Heading into the homestretch of the 21st century’s second decade, we have grown accustomed to a steady output of scientific data and imagery from our robotic emissaries in orbit and upon the surface of Mars. Spacecraft from the United States, Russia, Europe and […]

'Second-Class Endeavor': Remembering Project Viking, First Fully Successful Mars Landing Mission (Part 1)

Panoramic view of the terrain in Chryse Planitia at the Viking 1 landing site. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Heading into the homestretch of the 21st century’s second decade, we have grown accustomed to a steady output of scientific data and imagery from our robotic emissaries in orbit and upon the surface of Mars. Spacecraft from […]

Fleet of Mars Spacecraft Collecting Wealth of Information as Global Dust Storm Continues 

Side-by-side images shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet, courtesy of the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The view from May shows Valles Marineris chasms (left), Meridiani center, an autumn dust storm in Acidalia (top) and the early spring south polar cap (bottom). The view from July […]

NASA Hopeful Opportunity Rover Will Survive Raging Dust Storm on Mars

Series of images showing the gradually darkening skies at Opportunity’s location. The current darkest view is on the right side. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU

If you felt a bit apprehensive about this morning’s media teleconference from NASA, you’re not the only one. The very long-lived Opportunity is facing its most dire predicament yet – a […]

Curiosity Rover Makes Intriguing New Discoveries About Martian Organics and Methane

“Self-portrait” of the Curiosity rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Is there or has there ever been life on Mars? We still don’t know the answer for sure, but two new findings announced this morning by NASA during a live discussion provide more tantalizing clues. The new results come from the Curiosity […]

‘Drill, Baby, Drill!’: Curiosity Rover Successfully Tests New Drilling Technique on Mars

Curiosity has successfully tested a new drilling technique in a rock target called Duluth. This is the first successful drilling since December 2016 after mechanical problems with the drill. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

After many months of testing and devising new techniques since experiencing mechanical problems, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally drilling again! The latest […]

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 […]

InSight GO For May 5 Launch to Mars from California, But Fog May Prevent Anyone Seeing It

NASA’s InSight mission to Mars is now scheduled to launch on May 5, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This weekend NASA will launch its next mission to Mars, but this one will be a little different than the previous ones. Unlike the rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, both still actively examining rocks and sand on the […]

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 […]

InSight Mars Lander Arrives at Vandenberg for First Planetary Launch from West Coast in May

InSight arrives inside its shipping container at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin Space

NASA’s next Mars mission is another step closer to taking flight – the InSight spacecraft has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, ahead of a launch this coming May. The InSight […]