Mars Archive
06 December 2006, 07:37 AM ET
Here at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the primary industrial partner for the mission, Phoenix Mars Lander is receiving a lot of extra special, tender loving care.
05 December 2006, 02:59 PM ET
HOUSTON, Texas – The International Space Station is an invaluable teaching tool for hardware and assembly ideas required to install a permanent base on the Moon and for dispatching humans onward to Mars.
05 December 2006, 01:22 PM ET
HOUSTON — One day after the U.S. space agency unveiled a lunar exploration strategy calling for a Moon base, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale stressed that Earth’s nearest neighbor remains only a stepping stone to more distant destinations.
05 December 2006, 11:10 AM ET
After circling the red planet for more than eight months, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken images of three spacecraft that the agency had previously sent to the Martian surface.
04 December 2006, 05:08 PM ET
HOUSTON, Texas – NASA has decided to pursue a base on the Moon. The space agency rolled out today a strategy and rationale for robotic and human exploration of the Moon—determining that a lunar outpost is the best approach to achieve a sustained, human pr
29 November 2006, 05:55 PM ET
New imagery taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been released, a sweeping gallery of red planet photos – including Endurance crater that NASA’s Opportunity rover explored for ten months.
29 November 2006, 06:39 AM ET
If NASA’s 2009 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) reaches the red planet’s surface in one piece, the agency will owe a debt of gratitude to the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane heavy-lift helicopter.
27 November 2006, 03:16 PM ET
18 November 2006, 08:38 AM ET
Rigel Woida, an engineering student at Arizona State University in Tucson, has been awarded a $9,000 prize to study the use of large orbital mirrors to heat a small area of the Martian surface.
17 November 2006, 02:02 PM ET
15 November 2006, 06:15 AM ET
GOLDEN, Colorado – NASA is set to roll out next month a U.S. national strategy for lunar exploration, one that outlines both robotic exploration needs and the rationale for sending humans back to the Moon.
13 November 2006, 06:29 AM ET
One of the more perplexing finds on Mars are features that look like the product of groundwater seeping to the surface. These gullies could be formed by flowing water, perhaps fed by a groundwater supply.
10 November 2006, 11:24 AM ET
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft has failed to check in with Earth for the fourth straight day in a row now, after losing contact during a routine adjustment of its solar array.
06 November 2006, 04:29 PM ET
NASA’s lively robotic twosome—the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers—are in good shape to soldier onward in their dealings with the red planet.
31 October 2006, 06:23 AM ET
New study finds creatures huddle together as a survival strategy. Might Mars harbor similar organisms?
26 October 2006, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Spirit rover hit the 1,000-Martian day of its mission on the red planet Thursday, but the mission continues for the hardy robot.
24 October 2006, 05:56 PM ET
A chemical test used by the Mars Viking landers more than 30 years ago was not sensitive enough to detect signs of life even if it existed, a new study suggests
23 October 2006, 10:01 AM ET
NASA’s goal of returning astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and pushing on to Mars will require significant strides in both understanding and warding off of hazardous space radiation, according to a report released Monday.
16 October 2006, 03:41 PM ET
NASA’s latest spacecraft to orbit Mars has already found new clues to the red planet’s changing environment, and the best is yet to come, mission managers said Monday.
06 October 2006, 02:25 PM ET
NASA’s newest Mars orbiter has spied the plucky rover Opportunity perched at the rim of the red planet’s massive Victoria Crater as both vehicles explore the fourth planet from the Sun.
02 October 2006, 02:32 PM ET
Scientists studying initial on-the-scene images relayed from NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover at Victoria Crater are elated.
29 September 2006, 06:58 PM ET
New images from a low-altitude Mars satellite are giving scientists some of their most detailed glimpses yet of the surface of the Red planet.
27 September 2006, 05:26 PM ET
Initial images show rugged walls with layers of exposed rock. The floor is blanketed with dunes, as researchers already knew.
27 September 2006, 07:00 AM ET
The best protection against high heat flux is an ablative heat shield. The extreme heat of reentry causes the material to pyrolize - the chemical decomposition of a material by heating in the absence of oxygen. As the PICA chars, melts and sublimates, it
27 September 2006, 07:00 AM ET
The pieces are coming together for NASA’s next spaceship Orion as space agency engineers begin working with lead contractor Lockheed Martin to shape the vehicle’s cockpit.
25 September 2006, 10:22 PM ET
American support remains strong for NASA’s plan to complete the International Space Station (ISS), retire its shuttle fleet by decade’s end and move on to the Moon and Mars, according to poll results released Monday.
21 September 2006, 10:22 AM ET
A new set of images from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter will confirm for many that the features are natural, while no doubt offering tantalizing "clues" to others of an ancient intelligent civilization at work.
21 September 2006, 08:20 AM ET
Scientists and engineers are enjoying success both on the surface of the red planet and in orbit around Mars.
07 September 2006, 12:08 AM ET
Wheeling across the open, parking lot-like dune fields of Meridiani Planum, the robot is nearing a major milestone: Rolling up to “Victoria”, a roughly half-mile-wide crater.
31 August 2006, 04:00 PM ET
WASHINGTON ­–NASA has selected Lockheed Martin as the prime contractor to design, develop and build the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), the planned replacement for the space shuttle that will become backbone of the agency’s human spaceflight program
28 August 2006, 11:05 AM ET
Mars is home to the highest clouds ever discovered above the surface of a planet, astronomers announced today.
23 August 2006, 06:33 PM ET
Mariner 4 was cruising the dark emptiness between Earth and Mars. Having shot past Mars in '65 without enough fuel to turn around and go back, there was nothing else to do. All was quiet. Fuel was running low. Soon, Mariner 4 would fade into history.
18 August 2006, 08:32 AM ET
LOGAN, Utah – NASA later today will announce winners in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration effort. Those picked are to develop and demonstrate services that could pave the way for contracts to launch and deliver crew and c
16 August 2006, 01:00 PM ET
Dust is behind the mysterious shapes and low surface reflectivity on the on the southern ice cap on Mars.
09 August 2006, 09:13 AM ET
Those industrious robots on Mars—NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers—remain on duty as they gather new science data from their respective spots on the red planet.
31 July 2006, 06:30 PM ET
Dust storms raging across the surface of Mars may wield toxic chemicals that could poison any forms of life as we know it on the planet’s surface, according to two NASA-sponsored studies.