Curiosity Rover Confirms Methane Nearly Non-Existent on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has reported back findings that might impact the discovery of life on Mars. Image Credit: NASA / JPL

For years the planetary science community has speculated, with much optimism, that methane exists in the environment of Mars. Data from observations of the Red Planet made from Earth and from spacecraft […]

NASA's 2020 Mars Rover Begins to Take Shape

NASA image of proposed 2020 Mars rover.

NASA detailed its plans for the next robotic mission to Mars on Tuesday, July 9 during a conference held in Washington, D.C. This mission will use a robot similar to the successful Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity which touched down on the surface of Mars almost one […]

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 […]

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. […]

Martian Evolution: From Sojourner to Curiosity—A Legacy

The Curiosity rover on Mars has found compelling evidence that the Red Planet could have once supported life. However, it was a long road that led to Curiosity’s capabilities, and it all began with Sojourner. Image Credit: NASA

This article originally appeared in The Mars Society’s The Mars Quarterly. As part of AmericaSpace’s partnership […]

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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Curiosity's Instruments Sniff Out Further Evidence of Mars' Watery Past

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has detected further evidence that the Red Planet once could have supported life. Image Credit: Max Q Entertainment

The Mars Science Laboratory rover trolling the dusty plains of the Red Planet has spotted evidence that provides one more bit of proof that Mars was once a wet world. […]

The Search for Alien Life Part 2: In the Realm of the Gas Giants

The trailing hemisphere of Jupiter’s moon Europa as imaged by Galileo. Photo Credit: NASA

Beyond the main asteroid belt lie the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn and their impressive retinues of moons. What chances for life are out here in the frozen wastes of the solar system? At first glance, you’d imagine none. The […]

The Search for Alien Life Part 1: Where are the Martians?

Mars shows plenty of evidence for flowing water on its surface, as in the case of these channels in Newton Crater. Does this mean that the Red Planet ever supported life? Photo Credit: NASA

On July 20, 1976, a 572-kilogram spacecraft, supported on three sturdy legs, touched down on the orange sands of Mars […]