Hey look a weird bright light was spotted on Mars

Do you see it? There's a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It's on the left side of the photo and it's pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the… » 4/09/14 12:03am 4/09/14 12:03am

Here is what Earth looks like from Mars

Yeah, I can totally see it! How can you miss that? It's right there. Clear eyes, full Earth, can't miss. Wait, really? No of course not. Anyone who tells you that is either a liar or a hawk. Earth looks incredibly tiny up in that Martian sky. Sure, if you squint hard enough and fake it long enough, you'll spot it the… » 2/06/14 9:14pm 2/06/14 9:14pm

This Is What Happens When You Drive Through Three Miles Of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over a year now, and in the time has traversed nearly three miles. While its wheels are made of high-grade aluminum, they're not strong enough to last forever. NASA announced this week it was taking an extra-long look at the wheels, and boy are they in rough shape. » 12/22/13 2:56pm 12/22/13 2:56pm

We're Being Overprotective of Mars

Mars is a big boy. At 4.5 billion years old, the Red Planet can surely take care of itself by now—but you wouldn't know it based on the great lengths NASA and friends go to protect it from contamination by Earthly debris. Some astrobiologists think these measures are unnecessary. » 12/11/13 11:32am 12/11/13 11:32am

Curiosity Discovers a Giant Lake Once Suitable for Life on Mars

The possibility that Mars was once home to all kinds of life is looking better and better with each new Curiosity discovery. According to newly published research, the rover has stumbled across a site in the Gale Crater that scientists believe might have once been a lake full of life. » 12/09/13 3:22pm 12/09/13 3:22pm

NASA's Curiosity Rover Just Found Water in Martian Soil

Just when you thought ol' Curiosity was digging in for the winter, the little discovery machine came up with a doozy: It discovered water in Martian soil. NASA scientists just published five papers in Science detailing the experiments that led to the discovery. That's right. There's water on Mars. » 9/26/13 3:15pm 9/26/13 3:15pm

7 Ways NASA Making the Mars Rover Sing Itself "Happy Birthday" Is Sad

As you may know, yesterday was Curiosity's one-year anniversary on Mars, where it's been spending its time wandering the desolate, barren Martian desert in inconceivable levels of solitude. And how did NASA decide to commemorate the occasion? Happy birthday, idiot. Now dance, monkey—dance! » 8/06/13 6:34pm 8/06/13 6:34pm

Curiosity's Greatest Hits in Its One Year on Mars

Can you believe it's been a full year since the Mars Curiosity rover made its absolutely spectacular red, dusty landing? Millions watched with bated breath the day that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory began its historical journey. It may have taken everyone's favorite interplanetary robot a little while to get up and… » 8/05/13 1:40pm 8/05/13 1:40pm

Curiosity's First Year on Mars In a Whirlwind Two Minute Timelapse

It's hard to believe it, but Curiosity has been out there roving the Red Planet for almost a year already. And like any good space vehicle, it has been meticulously documenting its every step(?). That's a lot of documentation, so here's the quick version: 12 months in two minutes. Ready? Go. » 8/01/13 1:14pm 8/01/13 1:14pm

Curiosity's Just Another Pale Blue Dot in This Hi-Def Photo From Mars

Looks like we're not the only pale blue dot in the solar system. A newly released image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows us that from way up high, our Curiosity rover is nothing more than a lonely, itty bitty blue speck amidst a sea of red. » 7/24/13 1:11pm 7/24/13 1:11pm

Meet the Crazy Army of Space-Cameras Curiosity Brought to Mars

Mars rover Curiosity has doubtlessly been doing a whole lot of important science up there on the red planet, but it's also been sending back a ton of pictures to keep us simpler, non-scientist folks amused by all the pretty colors red. But what kind of cameras does that thing have anyways? JPL explains. » 6/15/13 10:08am 6/15/13 10:08am

There Was Drinkable Water On Mars According To Opportunity

Opportunity, aka The Little Rover That Could, is still making important discoveries 10 years into its Martian jaunt. After the devastating loss of twin rover Spirit in 2011, Opportunity rallied and kept trekking, only to recently discover a fascinating rock near Endurance Crater. » 6/09/13 5:05pm 6/09/13 5:05pm

Blow Through Nine Months of Mars Roving Photos in Just One Minute

Since it touched down in August, Curiosity has been taking tons of pictures. We've already seen some of the best shots, but there's hundreds more where that came from. Fortunately, you can breeze through the whole nine months' collection in just a minute. » 5/22/13 1:27pm 5/22/13 1:27pm