Mars Archive
06 August 2013, 03:33 PM ET
In its first year on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has made discoveries that should help pave the way for human missions to the Red Planet in the next few decades. The robot's landing success and radiation measurements should be key, Charles Bolden said.
06 August 2013, 12:24 PM ET
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet on Aug. 5, 2012 in a dazzling space engineering feat. One year later, the rover has found evidence that Mars was once habitable, had running water and more.
06 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Today NASA marks the one-year anniversary of Curiosity's dramatic landing, and you can watch the celebrations online. NASA officials, rover team members and astronauts will discuss the mission in two events, starting at 10:45 a.m.
06 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Grotzinger, a geologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, discusses the highlights of Curiosity's mission so far, what the rover may discover in the future and why it didn't set out for its main destination right away.
06 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A former astronaut's rocket company is raising money via Kickstarter to make a short documentary that explains the technology behind a propulsion system that could bring people to Mars in just over a month.
05 August 2013, 06:05 PM ET
As NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates one year on Mars, the space agency has begun final preparations for the launch of its next Red Planet mission later this year. The MAVEN spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday.
05 August 2013, 05:51 PM ET
In celebration of the Mars Science Laboratory's one year birthday on Mars, engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center used the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument to play Happy Birthday to Curiosity.
05 August 2013, 12:43 PM ET
NASA is marking the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars with a commemorative medal minted from metal used in the engineering of the robot explorer. The 1-ton, six-wheeled rover landed in Mars' Gale crater on the night of Aug. 5, 2012.
05 August 2013, 09:26 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory landed on the Red Planet on August 5th, 2012 (PDT). It went down a long road of testing and a long eight month flight to achieve its year one goals.
05 August 2013, 08:17 AM ET
Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA's Ames Research Center in the 1970s. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.
05 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
One year ago today, Curiosity survived its harrowing and unprecedented landing, setting off a series of celebrations around the world. The robot has since helped scientists determine that Mars could have supported microbial life long ago.
01 August 2013, 04:12 PM ET
Engineers have wrapped up the preliminary design review for NASA's Space Launch System rocket, giving its design, production and ground support plans a stamp of approval. The heavy lifter will blast astronauts toward Mars, asteroids and other destinations
31 July 2013, 03:43 PM ET
A gas planet about four times the size of Jupiter may be giant, but it's one of the smallest planets ever captured on camera, according to a new study.
31 July 2013, 01:44 PM ET
Future life-seeking missions on other worlds may be in for a tough time if all evidence of past or present life is below the surface. Researcher Jan Amend is studying microbes that live underground on Earth.
31 July 2013, 11:48 AM ET
Saturn, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter will all be visible in the August night skies, as will the annual Perseid meteors. A number of nebulas will also be easy to find among the constellations.
25 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The International Space Station is undergoing an engineering analysis and risk assessment to gauge its ability to keep operating until 2020 and beyond. The in-depth appraisal is being wrapped up for delivery to NASA by the end of September.
24 July 2013, 03:09 PM ET
The riddle of the age of meteorites from Mars might now be solved, with researchers finding these rocks from the Red Planet might not be billions of years old as some studies previously suggested. The new findings shed light on when the Martian crust form
24 July 2013, 02:28 PM ET
A new photo by NASA's sharp-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the agency's Curiosity rover wrapping up work near its landing site before beginning the long trek to the huge and mysterious Mount Sharp, its ultimate science destination.
24 July 2013, 06:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is really starting to stretch its legs on the Red Planet. The 1-ton robot made by far the longest drive of its nearly year-long surface mission on Sunday, traversing 329 feet of Martian terrain.
19 July 2013, 03:27 PM ET
Using images taken from the High-Resolution Stereo Camera aboard ESA's Mars Express, this fly-through was created. It is located in the northernmost part of Valles Marineris.
19 July 2013, 03:24 PM ET
NASA has granted funding to a dozen imaginative tech concepts, in the hopes that one or more of them will lead to big breakthroughs in space science and exploration. The 12 ideas were selected under Phase 1 of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program
18 July 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Mars is not a nice place to live. New data collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and studies of ancient Martian meteorites show that Mars' atmosphere probably hasn't changed very much in about 4 billion years.
18 July 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Did life on Earth originate on Mars? Or did Earth dispatch life to Mars during an exchange of meteorites between both planets more than 3.5 billion years ago?
18 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has notched a mileage milestone, reaching 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) of total driving distance as it heads toward a huge and mysterious Red Planet mountain. The 1-ton rover rolled past the mark on Wednesday, when a 125-foot (38 me
17 July 2013, 02:10 PM ET
July is full of encounters between astronomical objects, and the action continues this weekend with three different planets taking center stage. Venus will dance with the star Regulus Sunday evening, while Mars and Jupiter will be visible in Gemini (The T
17 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Evidence continues to mount that a huge ocean covered much of the surface of Mars billions of years ago. Scientists have spotted what appears to be an ancient river delta, which may have emptied into a vast ocean that inundated up to one-third of the Red
16 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Four billion years ago, Mars had abundant water and a substantial atmosphere. Life could have evolved there, but its reign would have been short. See how scientists are planning to seek out signs of past or present life on Mars.
16 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Finding life on Mars isn't easy. Scientists still haven't been able to detect a definitive sign that either single cellular or multicellular life once roamed the Red Planet.
15 July 2013, 05:24 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is pressing forward with an epic Red Planet road trip, a long-distance drive aimed at the central mountain of its landing site. Curiosity began its long drive July 4 and completed three separate trips in so far.
13 July 2013, 10:19 AM ET
In mid-July 2013, skywatchers will be able to observe the moon moving in relation to Spica and Saturn. Also, Mars and Jupiter appear to move together in the morning sky.
12 July 2013, 10:15 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun the long journey to the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp. See how it’s driving long hauls on Mars.
12 July 2013, 10:15 AM ET
A team of scientists and engineers gives proposals for NASA's 2020 Mars rover mission, a mission that will borrow the design of the 1-ton Curiosity and seek out ‘biosignatures’ on Mars.
11 July 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Just as on Earth, a group of people working together for a length of time on Mars will face some tensions. Now, NASA scientists are developing devices to monitor how astronauts are getting along to ensure a cohesive team on the Red Planet.
11 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover did indeed travel about 3 miles farther on the surface of the moon than originally thought, meaning that any robot hoping to break its distance record will have to run a full marathon, researchers say.
10 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Some people may be disappointed that NASA's next Mars rover won't carry a life-detection experiment, but hunting for currently existing Red Planet microbes is decidedly premature at this point, mission planners say. Looking for past life is a better bet.
09 July 2013, 09:28 PM ET
Antares is a red supergiant that one day will explode into a supernova.