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 […]

Voyager 2 to Enter 11-Month 'Quiet Mode' During Deep Space Network Upgrades

The 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna at the Deep Space Network’s Canberra site in Australia. It is the only antenna that that communicate with Voyager 2 from the southern hemisphere, and will be undergoing crucial upgrades for 11 months beginning in March. Photo Credit: NASA/Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

With so many space missions currently exploring […]

NASA's InSight Lander Reveals Surprising Inner Secrets of an Active Mars

Artist’s concept of InSight on Mars, with layers in the subsurface and dust devils in the background. Image Credit: IPGP/Nicolas Sarter

Mars is beginning to reveal its innermost secrets, thanks to NASA’s InSight lander. The newest findings, about subsurface marsquakes, unusual magnetic signals and dust devils in the atmosphere, have been published in six […]

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 […]

NASA Makes Progress in Restoring InSight’s Malfunctioning Heat Probe

NASA’s InSight lander set its heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3) or “the mole,” on the Martian surface on Feb. 12, 2019. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DLR

NASA’s InSight mission on Mars has been incredibly successful so far, with new findings about magnetism in the crust, marsquakes and even possible evidence for […]

NASA's InSight Lander 'Hears' Multiple Marsquakes and Other Odd Sounds

InSight imaged clouds moving overhead on April 25, 2019. The dome-covered seismometer, SEIS, is in the foreground. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

A few days ago, it was reported that NASA’s InSight lander had found evidence for an oddly pulsating magnetic field, a more magnetic crust than expected and – maybe – the existence of a […]

NASA's InSight Lander on Mars Discovers Odd Magnetic Pulses and... Water?

Artist’s conception of the InSight lander as seen from above. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars is usually thought of as pretty much a dead world, geologically-speaking. But NASA’s InSight lander is finding that may not be exactly true. Some early results from InSight’s investigations of the planet’s interior have shown evidence for an oddly pulsating […]

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 […]