It was a long time ago, but there was organic chemistry, at least at the molecular level, on Mars. Although these combinations of molecules can be made through non-organic means, that’s actually a plus.
Ancient glaciers shaped the landscape of Gale Crater on Mars, while, in lower lying areas, rivers and lakes of extremely cold liquid water formed landscapes resembling those found in Iceland and Alaska.
A robot has been designed for home and school use by a Canadian start-up company. It acts very much like the Curiosity Rover that touched down on Mars recently. Fortunately, this robot comes with a lower price tag.
The European Space Agency and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, announced today that they entered a formal agreement to work together on the ExoMars programme, looking ahead to the launch of two missions to the planet Mars in 2016 and 2018.
Mars rover Curiosity has more than a name going for it. It’s just discovered a Martian “flower”, an unusual mineral formation which has everybody guessing. The “flower" is definitely different.
The science community has been abuzz with rumours recently that Mars Curiosity rover had found something big on Mars but in a briefing at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, NASA scientists played down the hype.
NASA talked tantalisingly about a discovery made by its Mars Curiosity Rover this week that could "get in the history books" but finding out what exactly that discovery may be will have to wait a few weeks until NASA has checked results.
NASA’s Curiosity rover sampled the air on Mars this week. At a teleconference on November 2, NASA announced Curiosity had not found any evidence of methane, which is often a sign of life, in the Martian atmosphere.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has continued its solitary mission to the Red Planet, this week making a start on analysing soil samples scooped up from the Martian surface. Initial results show similarities between Martian soil and soil found on Hawaii.
NASA’s Mars roving explorer Curiosity has already revealed a treasure trove of discoveries on the Red Planet. Its latest find is a pyramid shaped chunk of rock, that’s proved to be something of a surprise even to NASA.
An image taken by Curiosity's camera showing its robotic arm scooping sand reveals an object that sparked off speculations online, with guesses from ET earrings to gold tooth, even after NASA said it was likely a bit of the rover that broke off.
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has captured images that have raised claims of UFO sightings on Mars. The images include one showing a white light moving across the horizon and another showing four blob-like objects hovering in the sky.
A new video by NASA celebrates once more the technological success of Curiosity's landing on Mars. This time it shows not only the team of the Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but also the public's reaction the night of the landing.
The latest images beamed back by NASA's Curiosity rover are revealing eerily "Earth-like" Martian terrain. John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology comments: "The first impression that you get is how Earth-like this seems."
After NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on Monday, it has beamed back the first color images of its new environment with 297 thumbnails NASA has processed into a video of the rover's dive through the Martian atmosphere.
Science fiction is now truly reality TV as NASA is livestreaming Monday morning's rover landing on Mars, scheduled to occur at 1:24 a.m. ET. The Curiosity Rover will assess whether Mars ever was, or is still, an atmosphere able to support life.
Curiosity looking out toward the Martian northern horizon.
Artist's impression of Curiosity rover on the Martian surface
This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
Curiosity takes a "selfie" to celebrate its One Mars Year Anniversary.
Curiosity landed on sol 0. So the end of sol 668 marked one trip around the Sun for Curiosity's surface mission.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a mechanism on its robotic arm to dig up five scoopfuls of material from a patch of dusty sand called "Rocknest," producing the five bite-mark pits visible in this image from the rover's left Navigation Camera (Navcam). Each of the pits is about 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide.
This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as "Jake Matijevic." The red dots are where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it with its laser on Sept. 21, 2012, and Sept. 24, 2012, which were the 45th and 48th sol, or Martian day of operations. The circular black and white images were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles indicate where the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer trained
Mars rover Curiosity cameras detect "bright object" on Martian surface
One of the first images from a second batch of images sent from the Curiosity rover is pictured of its wheel after it successfully landed on Mars.
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity snapped this picture of Mount Sharp with its front Hazard Avoidance camera, or Hazcam. The photo was released by NASA on Aug. 6, 2012.
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Lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover
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This handout image from NASA, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover which landed on Mars the evening of August 5, 2012, shows the wheel of the rover after it successfully landed on Mars.
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Illustration of CheMin dual-cell geometry. Exploded view of dual-cell assembly showing windows, tuning-fork assembly, and piezodriver (left). Assembled cell, ready for testing in testbed (right).
NASA selected Gale as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. In this image, north is down. The towering Aeolis Mons dominates the surrounding crater plain.
In this photo released by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona, NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute, left, descend to the Martian surface on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
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Curiosity landing with parachute
False-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT) and the location where Curiosity collected its first drilled sample at the "John Klein" rock.
Images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars. On the left is " Wopmay" rock, in Endurance Crater, Meridiani Planum, as studied by the Opportunity rover. On the right are the rocks of the "Sheepbed" unit in Yellowknife Bay, in Gale Crater, as seen by Curiosity.