Mars Archive
03 October 2005, 06:18 AM ET
Dust devils on Earth and Mars are often likened to tornadoes. But in fact the mechanism behind them is completely different.
28 September 2005, 10:49 AM ET
NASA’s Opportunity rover at Meridiani Planum has wheeled up to “Erebus Crater” – a sizable feature about 984 feet (300 meters) across.
26 September 2005, 12:30 AM ET
A lot has been learned since the days when Mars was roundly feared by the masses. But Mars hoaxes continue.
23 September 2005, 12:01 AM ET
The red planet is near its best viewing opportunity until 2018. But first it has to turn around.
20 September 2005, 04:09 PM ET
After a decade of waiting, young space enthusiasts across the country are celebrating a new plan that will take them and their colleagues to the Moon and on to Mars.
20 September 2005, 03:35 PM ET
NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft has spotted new gullies and a fresh crater – in astronomical terms – etched into the red planet’s surface, mission scientists said Tuesday.
20 September 2005, 11:19 AM ET
NASA’s rollout of a strategy to return people to the Moon and eventually plant footprints on the distant sands of Mars is sparking both praise and criticism.
20 September 2005, 07:00 AM ET
After slipping, sliding and slowly crawling its way to the top of a summit in the Columbia Hills, the Spirit Mars rover is having a field day gathering science and snapping imagery from the vantage point.
19 September 2005, 02:00 AM ET
Despite a stalled space shuttle program, NASA is confident it can launch and sustain human exploration of the moon by 2018, the space agency’s top officials said Monday.
19 September 2005, 12:01 AM ET
The plans were detailed this weekend at a meeting here of NASA officials and other space planners. On the list: A re-usable vehicle that's safer than the shuttle; technology for extracting fuel from the destination; and an airbag landing upon return to Ea
14 September 2005, 06:43 PM ET
WASHINGTON – NASA briefed senior White House officials Wednesday on its plan to spend $100 billion and the next 12 years building the spacecraft and rockets it needs to put humans back on the Moon by 2018.
10 September 2005, 07:10 PM ET
Phobos and Deimos are seen cutting across the martian night sky.
07 September 2005, 09:02 AM ET
High atop Husband Hill within Gusev crater, the Spirit Mars rover is performing nighttime astronomical duties.
01 September 2005, 03:15 PM ET
NASA�s Mars rover Spirit is experiencing the robotic high life�literally�now that it has reached to top of Husband Hill after a slow, year-long climb.
31 August 2005, 06:55 AM ET
BOULDER, Colorado—NASA’s next Mars lander, the Phoenix mission, will head for the northern arctic region of the red planet in 2007, not only ready to dig for subsurface water ice but also probe for habitats of present day life.
26 August 2005, 07:34 AM ET
NASA�s Spirit rover is sitting atop the summit of Husband Hill, with rover scientists and engineers overjoyed in achieving the exploration high point.
24 August 2005, 07:57 PM ET
Shape and size of gullies imply they were carved by water that recently bubbled to the surface.
22 August 2005, 05:23 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Spirit has caught a bevy of dust devils racing across the surface of Mars, which researchers compiled into a stunning new movie.
22 August 2005, 05:04 PM ET
Images being transmitted by Spirit show a breathtaking view from its vantage point.
19 August 2005, 12:39 AM ET
The Red Planet won't be as close as in 2003, but a great skywatching target nonetheless.
18 August 2005, 02:44 PM ET
It is a “uniquely favorable moment right now” to put in motion the Moon and Mars efforts as outlined by President George W. Bush in January of last year, said Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society.
17 August 2005, 07:02 AM ET
At its Gusev crater exploration site, the Spirit Mars rover is wheeling to the summit of Husband Hill and likely to complete its climb this week.
02 August 2005, 06:30 AM ET
Mars is a goal worthy of only the greatest efforts that we as a civilization can offer. So, what's your excuse for not helping make that happen?
01 August 2005, 11:46 AM ET
The Spirit Mars rover is within striking range of attaining a once out-of-the-question mission milestone: Reaching the summit of Husband Hill at its Gusev crater exploration site, high in the Columbia Hills, named after the astronauts lost in the tragic s
29 July 2005, 03:24 PM ET
A modest patch of water ice is found in a rare location.
27 July 2005, 06:45 AM ET
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is awaiting launch atop its Titan 5 rocket, which is set to loft the spacecraft toward the red planet on Aug. 10 in a 7:53 a.m. EDT (1153 GMT).
21 July 2005, 02:01 PM ET
A new study of gas in meteorites suggests Mars was bitterly cold for pretty much all of the past 4 billion years, putting the freeze on hopes that the red planet had any extended wet periods during which life could have flourished.
19 July 2005, 02:55 PM ET
Images from Opportunity show an expanse of dunes at Meridiani Planum. Rover operators are taking precautions that the golf cart-sized robot won’t get bogged down in any sand trap—to avoid a repeat performance that halted movement of the machine last April
08 July 2005, 09:13 AM ET
Mars won't be as big as the full Moon. But it will be a nice skywatching target later this year.
07 July 2005, 06:25 AM ET
As we prepare for more intense investigations of the planet Mars, we try to focus the questions that we wish to have answered, and refine the tools that are required to make finding the answers possible.
06 July 2005, 01:00 PM ET
Pockets of rocks on Mars rival the complexity of our own planet, suggesting things are busier below the surface than anyone realized.
05 July 2005, 04:30 PM ET
NASA’s dual Mars rovers – Spirit and Opportunity – are wheeling about in their respective zones of exploration: Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum.
29 June 2005, 01:40 PM ET
Now free to roam after weeks of being stuck in a sand trap, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity is cautiously inspecting the troubling terrain at Meridiani Planum.
29 June 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s update of the science fiction classic “War of the Worlds,” may be a popcorn adventure at heart, but its fight against invaders hits close to home.
14 June 2005, 11:00 AM ET
A milestone has been reached for those hard-at-work red planet rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Late last week, ground controllers hit 1,000 sols of working with the robots on the surface of Mars. A sol is duration of a solar day on that faraway planet.
07 June 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Most television science fiction shows fling humans out to the vast reaches of the galaxy, but "Voyage to the Planets and Beyond" is content with exploring our own planetary backyard.