What Is the 2020 Mars Rover's Mission?

A blueprint for the new Mars exploration rover, which is planned to launch in 2020.Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s December 2012 announcement that a new Mars rover would be launched in 2020 has left a lot of room for speculation about what the mission’s objectives will be. The rover will have the same chassis […]

Curiosity's Parachute Captured Flapping in the Martian Breeze

NASA has compiled a series of images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera to show Curiosity’s used parachute flapping in the Martian wind. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The imaging specialists that allow us to see what spacecraft are doing on far-flung worlds are always coming up with new pictures to […]

Will Mars Be Hit By Comet?

Will a comet strike the planet Mars next year? If it does, what does this mean for NASA’s Mars Program? Image Credit: NASA

We might lose one of the two rovers currently roaming Mars, maybe even one of the orbiters that are presently circling the Red Planet—but not due to age or a […]

Follow the Water? No, Follow the Martian Salt

The next direction for NASA, in terms of searching for life on Mars, might not be “follow the water”—it might be “follow the salt.” Image Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS

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

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 […]

Curiosity Rover Finds Conditions Suited for Ancient Mars Life

This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop. Photo Credit: JPL/NASA

NASA’s Curiosity rover has scored several remarkable successes since touching down in the vast, yawning bowl […]

Curiosity Switched to Backup Computer After Memory Glitch

Flight controllers operating NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity have switched over to the one-ton, nuclear-powered robot’s redundant computer. This was caused after a memory issue arose in Curiosity’s primary computer.

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Curiosity Successfully Obtains First Sample from Martian Rock

This image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover’s scoop. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

Six months since touching down on the surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover has completed […]

Curiosity Prepares to Drill First Martian Rock

Curiosity’s destination for its first drilling will be this patch of veined, flat-lying rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

A little over five months since making landfall on the blood-red surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover is heading towards its first sample-drilling target: a flat rock, laced with pale veins, which may yield clues […]

New Findings Put Curiosity's Abilities to the Test

The Rocknest has enabled Curiosity to put its remarkable skills and equally remarkable instrument toolkit to good use. There may not yet be evidence of organic life on Mars, but Curiosity is a living thing: explorer, scientist, lab technician, offroad trucker, and Twitter celebrity. Photo Credit: NASA

No little green men, no Decepticons, […]