Scars on Mars from 2012 rover landing fade—usually
A series of observations from Mars orbit show how dark blast zones that were created during the August 2012 landing of NASA's Curiosity rover have faded inconsistently.
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NASA rover Opportunity completes marathon milestone on Mars
NASA says the Opportunity rover has passed the marathon mark for driving on Mars.
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Helicopter drones on Mars
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently announced that it is developing a small drone helicopter to scout the way for future Mars rovers. Why would Mars rovers need such a robotic guide? The answer is that ...
NASA solves mystery of Mars 'doughnut' rock
NASA scientists were finally able to explain the origin of the mysterious rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that appeared near the rover Opportunity in early January.
Curiosity rover finds active, ancient organic chemistry on Mars
(Phys.org)—NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by ...
Bacteria species part of Curiosity baggage on Mars
Memory reformat planned for Opportunity Mars rover
(Phys.org) —An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.
The ethics of resurrecting extinct species
(Phys.org) —At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
THEMIS camera helps NASA pick site for next Mars lander
NASA's next Mars space probe, a lander named InSight, is due to touch down on the Red Planet in September 2016 with a mission focused on the planet's internal properties. Its landing place has been chosen ...
Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample
(Phys.org)—NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the ...
Terradynamics: Technique could help designers predict how legged robots will move on granular surfaces (w/ video)
Using a combination of theory and experiment, researchers have developed a new approach for understanding and predicting how small legged robots – and potentially also animals – move on and interact with ...
Remaining Martian atmosphere still dynamic
(Phys.org) —Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings today ...