Mars Archive
18 November 2013, 08:29 AM ET
A new NASA probe is about to begin its 10-month trip to Mars.
18 November 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA plans to launch its Maven Mars orbiter Monday, kicking off a mission that differs from the space agency's previous Red Planet efforts. Here's a look back at the discoveries made by the spacecraft that have circled Mars over the last 40 years.
18 November 2013, 12:00 AM ET
A NASA probe is scheduled to launch to Mars today (Nov. 18), and you can watch it live online.
17 November 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Earlier robotic probes and rovers sent to Mars were designed to investigate the surface of the planet, but the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) is built for a different purpose.
17 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday. MAVEN will study the Red Planet from orbit, seeking to understand how Mars lost most of its atmosphere long ago.
16 November 2013, 12:57 PM ET
Earlier today (Nov. 16) the United Launch Alliance rocket housing the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) rolled out onto the pad in preparation for the launch.
16 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
MAVEN will make detailed measurements of Mars' atmosphere from orbit, helping scientists understand how Mars' climate has changed so dramatically over the last few billion years. Here are some key facts to keep in mind about MAVEN and its mission.
15 November 2013, 06:14 PM ET
MAVEN will make detailed measurements of Mars' atmosphere from orbit, helping scientists understand how Mars' climate has changed so dramatically over the last few billion years. Here are some key facts to keep in mind about MAVEN and its mission.
15 November 2013, 05:24 PM ET
NASA's newest Mars probe is expected to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet in amazing new detail.
15 November 2013, 04:17 PM ET
NASA's next Mars probe is ready and cleared for launch to the Red Planet. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe (MAVEN for short) is set to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 18.
15 November 2013, 04:09 PM ET
It took NASA weeks of processing to ready the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft for launch to the red planet, but this timelapse condenses that into less than 3 minutes.
14 November 2013, 10:27 PM ET
In a public service announcement, LaVar Burton (Geordi La Forge / Star Trek: The Next Generation) talks about the new mission that will study the Martian atmosphere.
14 November 2013, 04:53 PM ET
The Red Planet appears to have had a thick atmosphere warm enough for water oceans, and may have been friendly to life. A new animation from NASA depicts the planet's evolution from a lush utopia to the barren land it is today.
14 November 2013, 01:50 PM ET
What's a virus to do when it finds itself in an inhospitable environment such as hot water? Coating itself in glass seems to not only provide protection, but may also make it easier to jump to a more favorable location to spread.
14 November 2013, 12:38 PM ET
Features on the Red Planet of today suggest that oceans of liquid water once traversed parts of the planet. This animation imagines how it could of looked and its current state.
13 November 2013, 05:08 PM ET
Maven will orbit Mars, looking for clues about what happened to the planet's once-thick atmosphere.
13 November 2013, 09:57 AM ET
NASA's next mission to Mars set to explore the Red Planet's atmosphere is getting ready to launch on Monday (Nov. 18).
12 November 2013, 06:34 PM ET
The car-size Curiosity rover went into safe mode Thursday, a few hours after receiving a software update from its handlers on Earth. But mission engineers identified and fixed the problem, allowing Curiosity to resume normal operations on Sunday.
12 November 2013, 04:27 PM ET
A NASA probe has revealed an unprecedented view of Saturn from space, showing the entire gas giant backlit by the sun with several of its moons and all but one of its rings, as Earth, Venus and Mars all appear as pinpricks light in the background.
11 November 2013, 05:37 PM ET
Curiosity rebooted its software on Thursday, shortly after its handlers had uploaded new flight software to the 1-ton rover. It was the first time Curiosity had experienced such a fault-related reboot since landing on Mars in August 2012.
08 November 2013, 03:42 PM ET
Set to launch on Nov 18th, 2013, the orbiter seek to rewind the planet's geologic history back to the wet, warm epoch that might have spawned life. MAVEN's instruments may help scientists understand why the planet lost much of its atmosphere.
04 November 2013, 06:40 AM ET
Nuclear fusion rockets and high-powered electric propulsion systems could end up shortening travel times to the Red Planet dramatically, proponents say, opening up a new era in manned space exploration.
01 November 2013, 05:06 PM ET
You can expect to see Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn this November with only an average telescope.
01 November 2013, 07:18 AM ET
A newly released video, created by stitching together images taken by a veteran Mars spacecraft, provides a richly detailed, three-dimensional view of the Red Planet.
30 October 2013, 02:46 PM ET
On Monday, Curiosity took some scouting photos of an outcrop called "Cooperstown" from about 262 feet (80 meters) away. Researchers plan to investigate Cooperstown soon, putting the rover's arm-mounted science gear to use for the first time since Sept. 22
29 October 2013, 10:48 AM ET
ESA's Mars Express orbited the Red Planet nearly 12,500 times by October 2013. Its high resolution stereo camera images, assembled in this "fly-around," show riverbeds, volcanos, canyons and craters.
28 October 2013, 04:44 PM ET
NASA is putting the finishing touches on its next Mars mission, which is slated to launch toward the Red Planet in just three weeks. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, or Maven, is due to lift off from Florida on Nov. 18.
24 October 2013, 02:19 PM ET
Opportunity is working its way up "Solander Point," the northern tip of a 130-foot-tall hill. The rover is currently studying rocky outcrops that lie between 6.5 feet and 20 feet above the surrounding plains, and it may climb higher in the coming days.
24 October 2013, 01:09 PM ET
Should we terraform Mars to make it more Earth-like? Or should we "renovate" the Red Planet, in an attempt to resuscitate any native life that might have survived in environmental niches for billions of years?
24 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
A prototype of Europe's planned ExoMars rover, dubbed Bridget by its control team, spent several days working in Chile as part of the Sample Field Acquisition Experiment with a Rover (SAFER) trial between Oct. 7 and 13.
22 October 2013, 12:08 PM ET
A new analysis of a Martian meteorite claims some of the planet's missing carbon dioxide atmosphere disappeared into Mars itself.
19 October 2013, 10:12 AM ET
Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal.
17 October 2013, 11:10 AM ET
Planetary scientist Jim Bell recently shared nearly 10 years' worth of photos from NASA's Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, which have shed a great deal of light on the Red Planet's wetter and warmer past.
15 October 2013, 11:10 AM ET
Can existing technology take humans to Mars?
15 October 2013, 10:03 AM ET
India's first spacecraft bound for Mars is counting down toward a late October launch, a mission that — if successful — could make the country's space agency one of the elite few of space powers to have explored the Red Planet.
14 October 2013, 07:03 PM ET
After a 300-day cruise through space, India's Mars probe will circle the planet.