NASA encourages public to explore its curiosity with new rover-themed badge on Foursquare
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.
Cleanliness is key for robotic space explorers
The concrete-floored room looks, at first glance, like little more than a garage. There is a red tool chest, its drawers labeled: "Hacksaws." "Allen wrenches." There are stepladders and vise grips. There ...
Experts call off search for life in Antarctic lake
British scientists have called off the hunt for exotic life in an ice-bound Antarctic lake after their mission was hit by a technical hitch.
One year after launch, Curiosity rover busy on Mars
(Phys.org)—The NASA Mars rover Curiosity began its flight to Mars on Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft. One year after launch ...
Ancient microbes discovered in bitter-cold Antarctic brine
Where there's water there's life – even in brine beneath 60 feet of Antarctic ice, in permanent darkness and subzero temperatures.
Life on Mars? Maybe not: NASA rows back on findings
NASA downplayed Wednesday talk of a major discovery by its Martian rover after remarks by the mission chief raised hopes it may have unearthed evidence life once existed on the Red Planet.
Mars rover Curiosity set to hit the road again (Update)
After playing in the sand, the Curiosity rover is poised to trek across the Martian landscape in search of a rock to drill into, scientists reported Thursday.
Curiosity rover update: Sniffing Mars' atmosphere
What has Curiosity been up to lately? The rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments makes up more than half the science payload on board MSL, and it is now searching for compounds of the element carbon—including ...
Moroccan desert meteorite delivers Martian secrets
(Phys.org)—A meteorite that landed in the Moroccan desert 14 months ago is providing more information about Mars, the planet where it originated. University of Alberta researcher Chris Herd helped in the ...
Bright object on Mars is likely plastic from rover
NASA says a small bright object detected on Mars is likely a piece of plastic from the Curiosity rover.
Curiosity rover prepares to study martian soil
(Phys.org)—NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.
Curiosity rover checks in on Mars using Foursquare
(Phys.org)—NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare. This marks the first check-in on another planet. Users on Foursquare can keep up with Curiosity ...
Large bacterial population colonized land 2.75 billion years ago
(Phys.org)—There is evidence that some microbial life had migrated from the Earth's oceans to land by 2.75 billion years ago, though many scientists believe such land-based life was limited because the ...
Sputtering: How mars may have lost its atmosphere
Why is Mars cold and dry? While some recent studies hint that early Mars may have never been wet or warm, many scientists think that long ago, Mars once had a denser atmosphere that supported liquid water on ...