Mars Archive
24 January 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Rover deputy principal investigator Ray Arvidson, of Washington University in St. Louis, submitted a personal Spirit and Opportunity Top 10 list to SPACE.com to mark the mission's 10 years of Mars exploration.
24 January 2014, 06:00 AM ET
For 10 years the robots have roved across Mars, making exciting discoveries about water in the planet's past.
23 January 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Mars may have been capable of supporting microbial life for hundreds of millions of years in the ancient past, recent findings from NASA's Opportunity and Curiosity rovers suggest.
23 January 2014, 02:01 PM ET
NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers touched down on Mars in January 2004, tasked with 90-day missions to search for signs of past water activity. Rover project manager John Callas reflects on a decade of discovery from this mission, which is still going
23 January 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Martian art and Red Planet science meet in a new exhibition celebrating 10 years of Mars exploration with two twin rovers.
23 January 2014, 11:29 AM ET
In January 2014, a team of scientists ventured to the Utah desert for a two-week Mars mission simulation. See what the mock Mars mission was like for SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell.
23 January 2014, 08:45 AM ET
Fresh of a mock mission to Mars, SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell will host an exciting "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit today (Jan. 23) to answer your questions on what it is like to experience a simulated trip to the Red Planet.
22 January 2014, 12:11 PM ET
To see the quick movement of the moon, observers need a set of bright markers across the sky, exactly the kind of signposts in the night sky this week. Two bright stars and three bright planets mark the moon’s path across the sky.
22 January 2014, 11:02 AM ET
As SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell's Mars mission in the Utah desert comes to a close, she reflects on the commitment it takes to 'live' on the Red Planet, from maneuvering in a spacesuit to simulating zero gravity surgery.
22 January 2014, 07:28 AM ET
The 58 proposals are double the usual number submitted during such instrument competitions, NASA officials said. The agency has begun reviewing the ideas and expects to choose the final science gear for the 2020 Mars rover in the next five months.
17 January 2014, 09:48 AM ET
NASA engineers test multi-lobed air bags to protect the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.
16 January 2014, 05:21 PM ET
NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on the Red Planet 10 years ago and the space agency will celebrate with a live webcast event tonight at 10 p.m. EST. Here's how to watch live.
16 January 2014, 04:42 PM ET
As I revved the all-terrain vehicle up the steep hill, I could feel gravity and mud pushing me back from the crest. I leaned forward in my spacesuit and with my right thumb, pressed hard on the throttle.
16 January 2014, 07:34 AM ET
During an orientation walk around the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah on Jan. 5, our crew confronted a steep hill.
15 January 2014, 03:56 PM ET
Within days of our two-week stay at the Mars Desert Research Station, crew members already encountered minor medical problems – a sore back and a cold or flu among them.
14 January 2014, 03:25 PM ET
As I ascended the stairs to the second floor of Utah's Mars Desert Research Station, something struck me as strange: the lights were off and the crew was quiet at what was usually a busy time — 5 p.m.
14 January 2014, 12:01 PM ET
The Kasei Valles outflow channel system extends ~1865 miles (3000 km). ESA's Mars Express photographed the area in 2004. A 67-image mosaic was used to create this animation.
14 January 2014, 10:46 AM ET
During the crew handover at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Jan. 4, one person spoke of the "noise" of Earth fading away as the crew focuses on its activities. That's something my group, Crew 133, is just starting to learn about.
14 January 2014, 10:15 AM ET
Crew 133 is learning a number of new skills during its two-week stay at the Mars Desert Research Station, which is a Mars Society facility in Utah designed to simulate exploration on the Red Planet.
13 January 2014, 02:27 PM ET
Walk across the fall line, knees bent, back straight. Lean into your back foot. Remember not to go tumbling off the hill while inside the spacesuit.
11 January 2014, 01:50 PM ET
A first-person look at a simulated spacewalk taken by a crewmember of a Utah mock Mars mission that seeks that aims to test out technologies and procedures that could help humanity colonize the Red Planet someday.
11 January 2014, 11:50 AM ET
See photos from a mock Mars mission in the Utah desert as seen by Crew 133 at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville (Jan. 4 to 19, 2014).
09 January 2014, 05:37 PM ET
"Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars" opened Thursday at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition features photos taken by Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on the Red Planet in January 2004.
09 January 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover and its tracks are visible in a new image, which was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2013 and just released today (Jan. 9).
08 January 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Shelf-stable foods and crops grown onsite form the menu of the crews at the Mars Desert Research Station in rural Utah.
07 January 2014, 04:52 PM ET
NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on the Red Planet 10 years ago. Spirit 'lights' went dim in 2010 but Opportunity is still returning science. NASA administrator Charles Bolden talks about the rovers and NASA's future Mars missions.
06 January 2014, 04:32 PM ET
A simulated Red Planet mission has begun at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where six crewmembers are performing research that could lay the foundation for a real trip to Mars someday.
06 January 2014, 02:21 PM ET
SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell is part of a mock Mars mission in the Utah desert this week and wants to know: What questions do you have for a Red Planet simulation?
03 January 2014, 04:02 PM ET
Ten years ago today (Jan. 3), NASA dropped the first of two rovers onto the surface of Mars, kicking off a wildly successful mission that continues to beam home data about the Red Planet and its wetter, warmer past.
03 January 2014, 01:54 PM ET
With budget constraints and political challenges, what role do people play in future missions to Mars and beyond?
02 January 2014, 02:35 PM ET
The Mars Desert Research Station aims to help humanity prepare for the rigors and challenges of life on the Red Planet. It was designed in line with the "Mars Direct" settlement approach, which sees crews living off the land as much as possible.
31 December 2013, 09:27 AM ET
A crescent Venus, Jupiter at opposition, Taurus constellation and its Red-Giant 'eye' and the Quadrantid meteor shower makes for quite a skywatching show. In the market for a telescope? - Click the blue 'SHOP' link above.
31 December 2013, 09:16 AM ET
From a new rover on the moon, to the most powerful digital camera ever built, space will be buzzing with human activities in 2014.
28 December 2013, 02:00 PM ET
From extrasolar planets to extraterrestrial neutrinos, these scientific findings have made sure that 2013 has been an unforgettable year.
24 December 2013, 02:52 PM ET
Early risers will have an opportunity to see the moon move through the sky on Christmas Day and throughout the week.
23 December 2013, 05:28 PM ET
A European spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet is set to make its closest flyby yet of the largest Martian moon, Phobos, on Sunday (Dec. 29).