• Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
Caption: Alfred McEwen
    May 11, 2014   BY Annie Sneed, Scientific American 

    The resemblance is uncanny, but no, these aren’t Starfleet logos emblazoned on planet Vulcan. Perhaps fittingly, though, this nasa Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows a section of an active dune field on Mars. Strong winds blowing in a single direction resulted in massive piles of basaltic sand about 200 meters wide and 20 meters tall that formed crescent-shaped “barchan dunes.” Continue reading

  • Image via NASA, ESA and J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute)
    March 27, 2014   BY Justin Scuiletti 

    Comet C/2013 A1 will be making a trip through Mars’ neighborhood in October.

    The comet, also called Siding Spring, will be knocking on the Red Planet’s door, in the astronomical sense, as it passes by Mars at a distance of 84,000 miles on Oct. 19 — less than half of the distance between Earth and the moon. Continue reading

  • February 8, 2013  

    Spencer Michels has the story of NASA’s newest rover vehicle, aptly named "Curiosity," and its mission to Mars. Curiosity has made some new discoveries, begging the age-old question, does life exist on the red planet? Continue reading

  • August 15, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    NASA’s intrepid Mars rover, Curiosity has been through a lot in the past year. It flew 354 million miles, blasted through the Mars atmosphere, deployed a supersonic parachute, unfurled a giant sky crane and touched down gently on the surface … Continue reading

  • August 15, 2012   BY Jenny Marder 

    NASA’s intrepid Mars Rover, Curiosity has been through a lot in the past year. It flew 354-million miles, deployed a supersonic parachute and sky crane and landed on the surface of Mars. And while it undergoes equipment checks, it’s been busy snapping photos of the hazy, dust-covered planet, which you can see in this slide show. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2012   BY Travis Daub and Jenny Marder  

    After a 354 million-mile journey, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and its rover Curiosity succeeded in a risky, sophisticated landing on the surface of Mars, and began beaming back photos of its own shadow against the soil of its landing site, … Continue reading

  • August 3, 2012  

    NASA will soon attempt to land the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars. If all goes as planned, Curiosity will enter the Martian atmosphere, slowing its descent by releasing a parachute, and lower to the surface on a tether with the help of a ‘sky crane.’ Miles O’Brien previews the anticipated rover landing on the Red Planet. Continue reading

  • August 2, 2012   BY News Desk 

    With the youngest and most ambitious Mars rover yet zipping toward its final destination, we thought it appropriate to pause and take a look back at Curiosity’s new home and robot brethren. Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012  

    With the space shuttle era now over and U.S. space flight on the verge of going private for the near future, the company behind the so-called SpaceX project has ambitious plans to make space flight cheaper for cargo and for humans, with a bold idea to send millions of people to Mars. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2011   BY Hari Sreenivasan  

    More than 500 days of isolation with five other guys … could you do it? That is what one Chinese man, two European and three Russian men have been through to simulate what humans might encounter if they attempted to … Continue reading

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