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

What a Rover Looks Like After a Decade on Mars

Curiosity is the hip name in Mars-rovin, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Just yesterday Opportunity hit its ten-year anniversary on Mars—it left Earth ten years ago in July. Not bad for a mission intended to last a mere three (Earth) months. In celebration it sent back a selfie. » 1/26/14 7:19pm 1/26/14 7:19pm

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

Street View Hits Mars With This 4-Gigapixel Panoramic

There's been no shortage of Mars pictures since Curiosity landed. We've got Martian mountains, rover selfies, the works. But thanks to a little image stitching by a clever dude back here on Earth, now we have Mars Street View, kind of. » 3/28/13 4:07pm 3/28/13 4:07pm

Don't Freak Out, But Mars Rover Curiosity Is Having Its First Big…

Considering what it's involved, Mars Rover Curiosity's mission has been going really well. Staggeringly well. But that couldn't last forever. The rover has hit its first real road bump with a gnarly computer failure that's going to delay all the science-ing for at least a week. » 3/01/13 12:40pm 3/01/13 12:40pm

You Can Listen to the Same Songs Mars Curiosity Wakes Up To

Every morning, when Mars Curiosity opens her amazing eyes, mission control plays a motivating, inspiring song to start the new sol, or martian day. Each track is delightful, and even though you're not a part of the ground team, they're wonderful ways to kickstart yourself out of bed. Here's the full list from the JPL,… » 8/28/12 12:15pm 8/28/12 12:15pm

Watch Mars Curiosity Wiggle Its Wheels in the Gravel

This futuristic black and white image was taken today by one of the navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab are wiggling front left wheel in the Mars gravel as vehicle gets ready to start out on its first drive soon. The dots on the wheel stand for JPL, because NASA won't… » 8/21/12 1:45pm 8/21/12 1:45pm

The Full Resolution Video of Curiosity Touching Down on Mars

One of the biggest bummers about Mars Rover Curiosity's epic landing is that there was no news crew on the surface to catch footage of the descent. This full resolution video of Curiosity touching down from its own point of view is the next best thing. » 8/19/12 3:00pm 8/19/12 3:00pm

Mars Curiosity Rover's Secret Key to Victory: Peanuts And Superstition

When you've got a landing sequence as complicated as the Curiosity's and seven or so minutes of radio delay, there are plenty of things that can go horribly wrong. Fortunately, the folks at mission control have secret insurance up their sleeves: peanuts. » 8/05/12 11:00am 8/05/12 11:00am