Check out the new (and coolest) Mars Curiosity panorama selfie

Bravo NASA f0r capturing this new cool Mars Curiosity selfie on the surface of Mars at its new research site, the Mojave. NASA made this image by combining dozens of photos taken during January 2015. Here is the annotated version, so you can see the sites that the rover visited before reaching this point. » 2/24/15 11:59pm 2/24/15 11:59pm

Curiosity rover snaps cool Mars shot through damaged wheel

Curiosity snapped this cool closeup of its wheel on Mars soil last week. You can see the bumps and damage the tire. Note: I have color corrected and enhanced the original image for clarity. Note 2: Jesuschrist, that's a photo of freaking Mars, people! It still amazes me that this is happening. » 12/22/14 2:38pm 12/22/14 2:38pm

The very beginning of NASA's next Mars lander

One of the things that fascinate me the most about mechanical things is how they build them, especially the very first steps in the process. NASA has released this photo of the first assembly step of their next Mars lander. It seems like some lost part from a Celestial designed by Jack Kirby. » 11/17/14 1:17pm 11/17/14 1:17pm

Spectacular comet will engulf Mars this Sunday in historical event

This Sunday something historical will happen: An ancient rare comet will arrive to Mars after millions of years traveling at 33 miles per second from the Oort cloud. It will look like you can see above, passing just within a third of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, engulfing the Red Planet in its large tail. » 10/17/14 1:29pm 10/17/14 1:29pm

At last, Mars Curiosity finally reaches its destination

This is it. Curiosity has reached its prime destination. After a brilliant conception, an amazing landing, and two years of continuous travel, the rover is now at the base of Aeolis Mons—aka Mount Sharp—a mountain that rises 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) at the center of Gale Crater. This is where the real fun begins. » 9/11/14 2:53pm 9/11/14 2:53pm

NASA gives the go-ahead to the world's most powerful rocket

Today, NASA has officially committed to build the new Space Launch System, the world's most powerful rocket ever, which hopefully will take us to Mars by 2030. The program is now set for development—the 'first time that an exploration class vehicle has gotten this status since the space shuttle.' » 8/27/14 7:36pm 8/27/14 7:36pm

Why has Curiosity slowed down its course during its first Mars year?

The Mars Curiosity Rover has completed its first Mars year in the Red Planet—687 Earth days exploring and drilling on its way to its first destination—Murray Buttes. Overall, it's been a Mars year full of successes, even if we haven't found proof of life in Mars yet. But the rover has slowed down significantly. Why? » 6/24/14 12:05pm 6/24/14 12:05pm

NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan

NASA wants to search Saturn's moon Titan for life but they're having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples. Now they think they may have a good solution: A 22-pound quadcopter that will work from a mothership. After reading about it, it's a really cool idea. » 6/19/14 12:02am 6/19/14 12:02am

Humans will land on Mars by 2026, says SpaceX Elon Musk

Elon Musk just said that his SpaceX spaceships will get humans to Mars by 2026, with or without NASA. It may seem cocky, but coming from a man who has built this entire company so he can die on Mars—and to "help ensure the survival of humanity"—those words are not to be taken lightly. » 6/18/14 5:40pm 6/18/14 5:40pm

What is this?

When I saw this image appearing in my RSS I couldn't tell what it was. It looked like a close up of the skin of some animal. Perhaps a detail of a bird or a reptile, I thought. Maybe a colorized microscopic view into some human body part. The answer couldn't possibly be more different than what I expected. » 6/06/14 12:58am 6/06/14 12:58am

NASA wants to send these flying saucers to Mars

This is NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, "a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle" designed to land huge payloads on Mars. So there—suck on that Martians, because after all these decades of sci-fi invasions, we are going to be the ones seizing your planet with our very own flying saucers. » 5/16/14 6:17pm 5/16/14 6:17pm

Hey look a weird bright light was spotted on Mars

Do you see it? There's a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It's on the left side of the photo and it's pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the… » 4/08/14 11:56pm 4/08/14 11:56pm

Meet the people who would leave Earth and take a one-way trip to Mars

Mars One, the program that is planning to create a human settlement on Mars by 2024, has received over 200,000 applications of Earthlings who are interested in leaving their home planet forever by taking a one-way ticket to Mars. This short documentary examines a few of those people's motivation to leave everything… » 3/05/14 10:46pm 3/05/14 10:46pm

Mars is full of freaking hearts everywhere!

I was really surprised when I saw this collection of hearts on Mars posted by El Comanderino Chris Hadfield. How are there so many craters with the shape of hearts in Mars? Are heart shapes pervasive through the entire galaxy? The hell I know. Just forward this post and tell your favorite astronerd you love him/her. » 2/14/14 3:00pm 2/14/14 3:00pm

NASA reveals the mystery of the rock that suddenly materialized on Mars

At last, NASA's scientists have revealed the mystery of the mysterious rock that materialized out of nowhere right in front of the Mars Curiosity rover—the infamous jelly doughnut rock rock that surprised everyone at mission control, prompting NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres to exclaim "wait a… » 2/14/14 2:53pm 2/14/14 2:53pm

Here is what Earth looks like from Mars

Yeah, I can totally see it! How can you miss that? It's right there. Clear eyes, full Earth, can't miss. Wait, really? No of course not. Anyone who tells you that is either a liar or a hawk. Earth looks incredibly tiny up in that Martian sky. Sure, if you squint hard enough and fake it long enough, you'll spot it the… » 2/06/14 9:00pm 2/06/14 9:00pm

Rock mysteriously appears in front of the Mars Opportunity rover

Left: a photo taken 3528 days after the Opportunity rover arrival to Mars. Right: the exact same spot 12 Mars days later. Notice the difference? NASA JPL scientists did too: "It's about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like 'wait a second, that wasn't there before, it can't be right. Oh… » 1/17/14 8:31am 1/17/14 8:31am

NASA's new simulation of ancient Mars looks just like Earth

NASA has created a beautiful simulation of how Mars might have looked billions of years ago. It's a fascinating view that looks eerily like Earth. According to NASA: » 11/13/13 10:38am 11/13/13 10:38am

This is what we would all do if we got to wear a real NASA spacesuit

BBC's Richard Hammond of Top Gear fame recently got to step inside a NASA's Z1 spacesuit prototype that was pressurized to simulate what wearing the spacesuit would be like on Mars. Because Mars atmosphere is so thin, the suit needs to be pumped up inside to hold his body together. No matter to Hammond though. He did… » 11/06/13 8:41pm 11/06/13 8:41pm