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

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

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

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

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

Amazing find: Mars' soil is full of water, search for life continues

Amazing news from Mars: Curiosity has found that each cubic foot of the planet's soil contains two pints of liquid water. One liter, people_._ It's not a sea or a lake—the water molecules are actually bound to the soil itself—but that's really amazing news, and a good omen in the search for life in the Red Planet. » 9/26/13 7:03pm 9/26/13 7:03pm