Curiosity rover snaps cool Mars shot through damaged wheel

Curiosity snapped this cool closeup of its wheel on Mars soil last week. You can see the bumps and damage the tire. Note: I have color corrected and enhanced the original image for clarity. Note 2: Jesuschrist, that's a photo of freaking Mars, people! It still amazes me that this is happening. » 12/22/14 7:41pm Monday 7:41pm

Humans' Inherent Curiosity Stems From a Long, Protracted Childhood

Curiosity is one of our most basic traits and we have a lot to thank for it. Without the primal urge to always want to see what lies over the next hill, or the other the ocean, or beyond the confines of our atmosphere, humans would still be living—quite literally—in the stone age. In Curious: The Desire to Know and… » 10/24/14 4:30pm 10/24/14 4:30pm

At last, Mars Curiosity finally reaches its destination

This is it. Curiosity has reached its prime destination. After a brilliant conception, an amazing landing, and two years of continuous travel, the rover is now at the base of Aeolis Mons—aka Mount Sharp—a mountain that rises 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) at the center of Gale Crater. This is where the real fun begins. » 9/11/14 2:54pm 9/11/14 2:54pm

Why has Curiosity slowed down its course during its first Mars year?

The Mars Curiosity Rover has completed its first Mars year in the Red Planet—687 Earth days exploring and drilling on its way to its first destination—Murray Buttes. Overall, it's been a Mars year full of successes, even if we haven't found proof of life in Mars yet. But the rover has slowed down significantly. Why? » 6/24/14 10:05pm 6/24/14 10:05pm

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

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