NASA's Mars Missions Continue to Produce New Science While an Armada of New Spacecraft Head For the Red Planet

Artist’s illustration of the Perseverance rover mission in flight, leaving Earth on its way to Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars has been in the news a lot lately, with the successful launches of NASA’s Perseverance rover, the United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter and China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter, lander and rover. All three missions will arrive […]

Tool For Collecting Rocks Installed on Perseverance Rover for July Launch to Mars

The Perseverance rover undergoing processing at a payload servicing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA’s Perseverance rover just reached big another milestone in its preparations for launch to Mars this summer. Key components of the rover’s sample handling system have now been installed. This system will […]

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Explore Ancient Lakeshore for Martian Fossils

Color-coded image of Jezero Crater and the landing site of Mars 2020 (in the ellipse). The delta is on the western side of the crater. Darker colors are lower elevation and lighter colors are higher. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For the past few decades, rovers and landers on Mars have focused on finding out whether […]

Insight's 'Mole' Drill Faces New Issue, While Curiosity Explores "Ancient Oasis"

Image from InSight showing the “mole” heat probe (the tube on the left) after it jumped about halfway back out of the hole it made while digging. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Update – Nov. 1, 2019: NASA InSight just tweeted that the mole appears to be stable and more images are being taken to try […]

Mars 2020 Rover Powers Up for Launch Next Year

The Mars 2020 rover under construction. The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) will be inserted into the rear end of the rover between the panels with gold tubing, called heat exchangers. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s new Mars 2020 rover is now only about a year away from the start of its mission, and another […]

Curiosity Detects Large Methane Burst on Mars, NASA Orders Follow-Up Testing

Self-portrait of Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars. Photo Credit: NASA/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

It seems that Mars is belching methane again. NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected a new burst of the gas, it was reported today in the New York Times.

The new detection of the gas – which can come from either biology […]

Engineers Conduct Successful First Tests of Mars 2020 Rover

View of the backshell that will help protect the Mars 2020 rover during its descent into the Martian atmosphere, during the Systems Test 1 (ST1). Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The landing of the Mars 2020 rover on Feb. 18, 2021 may still be almost two years away, but NASA’s newest Mars rover has already “touched […]

Historic Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to Silent End

Opportunity casts its shadow in this image from sol 180 (July 26, 2004), taken by the rover’s front hazard-avoidance camera, on the edge of Endurance Crater. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

It’s been a long 15 years, but the inevitable has finally happened: the Opportunity rover’s days of exploring Mars are over. The sad news was […]

InSight Lander Deploys Seismometer, Prepares for Science Mission

View of InSight’s seismometer after it had been successfully placed on the Martian surface on Dec. 19, 2018. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight lander has been busy in its first couple weeks on the surface of Mars, testing out the deployment of some of its instruments and scanning its surroundings with its cameras. And now, […]

NASA's InSight Spacecraft Safely Lands on Mars After 'Seven Minutes of Terror'

The first image from InSight on Mars, showing dust on the lens cover and the horizon in the distance. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight spacecraft has successfully landed on Mars, the space agency reported today. The lander touched down at 11:52:59 a.m. PST (2:52:59 p.m. EST). This is the first landing in six […]