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

Watch Mars Curiosity's clever wheels and suspension system in action

In case there was any doubt, the engineers at JPL did an amazing job: Just look at how the the Mars Curiosity Rover deals with the red planet's bumpy terrain in this time-lapse GIF, taken from the Left Navcam pointed down at the wheels in motion. » 1/03/14 5:01am 1/03/14 5:01am

The Chinese Rover's First Moon Photos Are Here

China's National Space Administration has released photos taken by the Yutu rover on the moon. There is also video footage of the Chang'e 3 lander's descent, and you can see in the video (below) when it comes to a full stop about 50 meters above the surface of the moon for a quick photo survey. » 12/15/13 5:25pm 12/15/13 5:25pm

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

NASA's Student-Designed Arctic Explorer Survives Its First Tundra Test

After a five month expedition to the wilds of Greenland, the GROVER (Greenland Rover and/or Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research) has returned, intact and toting some valuable climate data. Not bad for an ROV developed by engineering students. » 7/10/13 11:59am 7/10/13 11:59am

10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began a 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA's Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly ten years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong. » 7/07/13 2:00pm 7/07/13 2:00pm

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

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

Mystery Particles on Mars Revealed by Curiosity's Junk

Sifting through soil on Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity paused to take a picture - and exposed its own bad behaviour. The shot included a bright object lying in the Martian dirt, and a closer look suggests that the rover is guilty of littering: it appears the object is a piece of plastic wrapper that has fallen from the… » 10/17/12 8:55am 10/17/12 8:55am