Latest News for Mars Rovers Opportunity and Spirit Archive
21 May 2009, 01:46 PM ET
NASA working to get Spirit unstuck; no plans to retire rovers.
19 May 2009, 10:51 AM ET
Opportunity and Odyssey spacecraft aide in effort to free Spirit rover from Martian sand.
12 May 2009, 09:54 AM ET
NASA's Spirit rover's wheels are stuck in soft dirt on the Martian surface.
24 April 2009, 01:35 PM ET
Spirit begins driving again after recent bouts of amnesia.
20 April 2009, 08:23 PM ET
The Mars Rover Spirit "had a bout of temporary amnesia" on Friday, NASA officials said today.
15 April 2009, 07:06 AM ET
It's a visitor from...somewhere. But where? The Mars Exploration Rover Science Team gets a betting pool going over the origin of the only large rock for miles around; the very rock Opportunity managed to hit on its way to a final landing...
15 April 2009, 06:43 AM ET
Mobility is magic: The Rover team equips their wheeled field geologists with spectrometers, cameras and grinding gear. But the amount and quality of science is massivley multiplied just by moving Spirit and Opportunity around.
15 April 2009, 05:35 AM ET
The Rover team is amazed as Opportunity finds billions of "perfect little spheres" of iron-rich hematite, a strong suggestion that lots of water coursed across what is now the bone dry plains of Meridiani.
15 April 2009, 05:34 AM ET
Every piece of bedrock at Meridiani seems to tell a tale of vast amounts of liquid water, flowing over a long stretch of time; which begs the question: Does water still run on - or in - Planet Mars?
15 April 2009, 04:56 AM ET
"To a certain extent, you make your own luck," says Rover boss Steve Squyres. The bet his team places, by placing one rover down on the plains of Meridiani, begins to pay big immediately; filling in whole chapters of Mars' water story.
15 April 2009, 04:53 AM ET
Yes, they're identical twins. But they've gone in very different directions; done diverse things, in distinctive ways. Members of the Rovers' human family describe dealing with these two robotic characters in their singular situations on Mars.
14 April 2009, 10:53 AM ET
"You really get the sense you can feel those Rovers," claims Arthur Amador as he and other mission managers put themselves in their robotic children's' places: Safe driving from 100 million miles away, across a gulf of complex software and hardware.
14 April 2009, 10:04 AM ET
How does it feel to be standing on another world; one you've thought and dreamed about for decades? Emotional stories of the most poignant pictures from the Mars Exploration Rovers' Panoramic Cameras told by Jim Bell, imaging leader.
14 April 2009, 09:32 AM ET
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit mysteriously rebooted its computer twice over the weekend; mission controllers are examining data sent back by Spirit to see if they can diagnose the problem behind the glitch.
14 April 2009, 07:28 AM ET
It's a nasty surprise. Scientists target what they think is an old lake-bed. But all Spirit can find is volcanic lava; at least at first. Then their luck changes...
01 April 2009, 09:36 AM ET
Spirit looks back on tracks, sees bright dirt churned up by wheel.
30 March 2009, 09:19 AM ET
Spirit and Opportunity head for next targets; how long they'll last is anyone's guess.
19 March 2009, 04:19 PM ET
ESA's Mars Express finds concentration of rust in Aram Chaos crater.
18 March 2009, 06:12 PM ET
Opportunity's camera caught its first glimpse of the rover's next target, Endeavour Crater.
13 March 2009, 02:07 PM ET
Update for Google Mars 3-D gives access to raw spacecraft data from NASA.
06 March 2009, 09:46 AM ET
The 10 most groundbreaking science missions NASA's ever sent to space.
05 March 2009, 04:01 PM ET
Loose soil piled against a low plateau has blocked NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit from taking the shortest route to its summer destinations.
19 February 2009, 06:40 PM ET
The Mars rover Spirit more power under its hood thanks to some Martian winds.
16 February 2009, 11:06 AM ET
New theory proposes ice fields responsible for sulfate deposits of Meridiani Planum.
12 February 2009, 05:34 PM ET
Mounds found on Mars resemble Earth hot springs, but case isn't closed yet.
03 February 2009, 02:16 PM ET
The rover is back in operation.
02 February 2009, 05:19 PM ET
NASA and Google launched Google Mars 3D for users to explore Mars via computer.
28 January 2009, 05:49 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Spirit is displaying odd behavior that puzzled engineers.
28 January 2009, 11:54 AM ET
NASA's Opportunity rover set new distance records on Mars during 5 years of roving.
28 January 2009, 10:37 AM ET
Spirit, the first-born of the twin Mars rovers is still going 5 years after landing.
06 January 2009, 09:14 AM ET
Researchers and rover drivers look back on their unexpected scientific harvest.
03 January 2009, 09:20 AM ET
NASA's twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity have finished their fifth year on Mars.
30 December 2008, 09:01 AM ET
Phoenix, MRO, and rovers studied Mars' surface looking for signs of water and potential habitability.
24 December 2008, 11:03 AM ET
The legacy of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission reaches out toward Mars.
05 December 2008, 01:15 PM ET
MSL rover's delay could impact other programs, is symptom of NASA budget overruns.
20 November 2008, 10:16 AM ET
NASA reduces list of potential landing sites for Mars Science Laboratory to four spots.