Mars Archive
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.
11 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Clouds formed under Martian conditions in a three-story-tall chamber in Germany after researchers cranked up the humidity to 190 percent — nearly double the threshold required for clouds on our own planet.
08 October 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Comet ISON could shine brightly in the night sky around the time of its close solar approach on Nov. 28. Here's the lowdown on ISON and its journey through the inner solar system, which scientists are already tracking with a variety of instruments.
07 October 2013, 06:50 AM ET
The physics behind a fusion-driven rocket have been demonstrated in the lab, so such a device may well be propelling people on 90-day trips to the Red Planet in a matter of decades, according to a team of researchers working on the technology.
04 October 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, or Maven, got back on track for a Nov. 18 launch on Thursday, just two days after the government shutdown froze liftoff preparations and put a scare into planetary scientists around the world.
03 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The 14th annual "World Space Week" runs from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. This year's theme is "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth." Events will focus on Red Planet exploration, and what such efforts have taught humanity about its home planet.
02 October 2013, 01:01 PM ET
See photos and images of ancient volcanoes on Mars from spacecraft at the Red Planet.
02 October 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Several craters on the surface of the Red Planet were thought to be created by meteors, but a new investigation of Arabia Terra, Mars is showing likely evidence of massive eruptions millions of years ago.
01 October 2013, 03:44 PM ET
The shutdown has frozen launch preparations for NASA's Maven Mars probe, which is slated to blast off Nov. 18. Maven has until Dec. 7 to get off the ground, after which point it would have to wait 26 months for another launch window to open.
30 September 2013, 10:03 AM ET
Comet ISON could shine brightly in the night sky around the time of its close solar approach on Nov. 28. Here's the lowdown on ISON and its journey through the inner solar system, which scientists are already tracking with a variety of instruments.
27 September 2013, 12:47 PM ET
A toxic chemical in Martian dirt may obscure scientists' search for extraterrestrial life. Perchlorates on the Red Planet may cause reactions in Curiosity's soil samples that destroy organic compounds, researchers say.
26 September 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Mars has water trapped in the polar ice caps. More water may lie just beneath the surface.
26 September 2013, 05:01 PM ET
Water on Mars has long been sought after by researchers.
26 September 2013, 02:01 PM ET
Future Mars explorers should be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight.
24 September 2013, 06:02 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover paused to examine a few rocks late last week, making the first of five planned science stops en route to the 3.4-mile-high Mount Sharp. The break was fruitful, returning further signs of long-ago flowing water.
24 September 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Sick astronauts could conceivably have been infected on Mars, some parts of which may be capable of supporting life as we know it. So the world may be reluctant to welcome such travelers home, leery of unleashing an alien superplague on Earth.
19 September 2013, 03:28 PM ET
Small, serpentine robots could help Mars rovers collect soil samples from crevices beneath rocks and other hard-to-reach places, and they could pull their wheeled siblings to safety if the bigger vehicles get bogged down in soft sand.
19 September 2013, 02:01 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has revealed no trace of methane, a potential sign of primitive life, on the Martian surface, despite past observations of the gas by spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet and from Earth, researchers say.
19 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Comet ISON and Comet Siding Spring will buzz Mars over the course of the next year, prompting excitement and some concern that cometary particles could hit the spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet and exploring its surface.
18 September 2013, 04:51 PM ET
Water, water everywhere, and some of it fit to drink. That’s the picture of ancient Mars that has emerged during the past few months thanks to discoveries by NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring the Red Planet since August 2012.