The Curiosity rover has been doing some drilling on Mars, and what is has discovered has NASA scratching their heads. A mineral known as tridymite has been uncovered beneath the surface of Mars. And its presence raises far more questions than it answers.Read More
NASA has announced that the Mars rover Curiosity will drill into Martian rock for the first time to look for proof that water once existed on the Red Planet.
NASA has announced plans for a robust multi-year Mars program, including a new "robotic science rover" set to launch in 2020, and the launch of two spacecraft to research the atmosphere of the red planet, with a view to commence in 2013.
NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover has found evidence of organic compounds within the Martian soil on the red planet. Samples analysed contained "water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients" for life.
"NASA, as best as I can judge, is a force of nature like none other." Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2010.
On November 20th 1998, the first components of the International Space Station were launched, beginning the mission that continues to this day. This was the last time that many of us were excited about the exploration of frontiers beyond our grasp. As Dr. Tyson so eloquently said: "We stopped dreaming."
NASA's Curiosity checked in for the first time on Mars, becomimg the first check-in ever from another planet.
Probably the last possible occurence the founders of Foursquare ever anticipated, Curiosity has checked in with the rather funny line "One check-in closer to being Mayor of Mars."
NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered an ancient stream bed, revealing evidence of running water and possible life on Mars.
Artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick were commissioned by NASA to create a photo-mosaic panoramic image based upon inspiration from pictures captured by Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. This has spawned an entire project of amazing photography titled Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea.
Curiosity landed safely, if in a dramatic fashion, and has been sending photos back to Earth ever since. Photographer Andrew Bodrov has stitched a selection of these together to create a full panoramic image, pretty much like Google's Street View on the red planet.
The Curiosity Rover has spent the weekend on Mars having its software updated, or what NASA more elegantly describes as a "brain transplant."
There are few celebrity personalities out there that we could name to be a more ideal fit to voice a NASA video which details the plan to bring the agency's 'Curiosity' rover down to a safe landing on Mars next week.
The $2.5 billion Mars Rover Curiosity successfully launched from Cape Canaveral at 10:02am, beginning the eight month journey to determine whether or not Mars was ever suitable for life.
"We are very excited about sending the world's most advanced scientific laboratory to Mars," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.