26 July 2007, 07:00 AM ET
Proposals for a Mars sample return mission are not without controversy.
04 January 2007, 06:48 AM ET
There?s majesty on Mars. Through the lenses of two wheeled robots–Spirit and Opportunity–the red planet?s austere but stunning landscape has been captured in thousands of images relayed back to Earth.
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.
16 October 2006, 06:24 AM ET
NASA expects to decide by the end of the year whether to use conventional solar arrays or a nuclear battery to power the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory rover.
06 July 2006, 09:00 AM ET
NASA needs to rethink its Mars exploration plans after 2010 given new understandings about the red planet and likely funding levels in the coming years, according to a report just out from a panel of outside experts.
07 June 2006, 06:43 AM ET
PASADENA, California – Picking where to land the next wheeled robot on Mars is a formidable task – but plunking down a $1.5 billion rover on the planet safe, sound and ready for prime-time science is also a daunting job.
31 May 2006, 09:33 AM ET
PASADENA, California – When NASA’s next wheeled robot – the Mars Science Laboratory – rockets skyward in 2009, the mega-rover will carry the largest, most sophisticated array of science gear ever shot to the martian surface.
18 January 2006, 06:50 AM ET
The next wheels on the red planet will belong to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) – a huge step in how that planet is further poked, probed, and more fully plumbed for new information.