Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries
Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has excavated odd shiny particles on Mars, but they appear natural, NASA says.
Climate models make correct predictions on the Red Planet
A swarm of Martian rocks landed in Morocco last year.
Researchers found an abundance of black glass within a Martian meteorite that landed on Earth last year.
The rover had taken a few days to study a strange bright scrap on the ground nearby.
The bright object Curiosity spotted while scooping soil over the weekend is a piece of itself, scientists say.
The Moon likely formed 4.5 Billion years ago as a Mars-sized body smashed into Earth (so compositions are similar). Lunar tidal forces encouraged life to flourish in the oceans. The Moon absorbed many asteroid impacts that threatened Earth's life.
Rover scientist Dave Blake talks about how the Curiosity Rover’s CheMin instrument works.
The Mars Science Laboratory is equipped with a special robotic scoop for collecting samples of the martian soil for analysis. In this video, you can see the slow and steady tool being tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
With visions of exploring of asteroids, plus Mars and its moon Phobos, NASA intends to leave the near-Earth work in the hands of commercial space. This is the US Congress' rationale for developing the Space Launch System.
Curiosity has the Mayor of Mars title pretty much sewn up.
The president's John Hancock is etched on a plaque affixed to the Mars rover Curiosity's deck.
Daytime temperatures have climbed above freezing during more than half of Curiosity's days on Mars.
Alluvial fans (river exits) are present in California, just as they are on the Red Planet. Curiosity Rover is nearing one the first target sites in the Gale crater to study where water once flowed on ancient Mars.
Evidence that the Red Planet was warmer and wetter long ago has been building for four decades.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered dried-up signs of an ancient stream on the Martian surface.
Once upon a long time ago, streams of water flowed across the landscape of Gale Crater. NASA Senior Planetary Scientist Rebecca Williams explains how sediments were moved and deposited, forming a rock outcrop seen by Curiosity today.
Just as suspected, Gale Crater – landing site of the Mars Science Lab – was the site of fast-flowing water in the planet's distant past. Curisoity's cameras are examining a rock outcrop that is a sure sign of stream-bed.