A Look at How Mini Helicopters Could Help NASA's Future Rovers

Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified… » 1/26/15 1:18am Today 1:18am

How NASA Plans to Explore Mars With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

During Microsoft's demo of its fascinating holographic headset HoloLens today, the company barely mentioned the coolest way it's already using it: to develop software with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that will let scientists explore and work on the Red Planet remotely. » 1/21/15 9:19pm Wednesday 9:19pm

Martian Science Team Recruits Imperial Guard To Protect HiRISE Computers

The science performed by HiRISE, the telescopic camera on the Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter, is so important the research team recruited members of the Imperial Guard to stand sentry over their processing computers. Here's a sample of incredible images produced by this well-protected instrument: » 11/19/14 8:00am 11/19/14 8:00am

This Could Finally Explain How Mars Got Its Liquid Water

Evidence suggests that Mars had water flowing on its surface at various points in its ancient history. But the evidence also points to temperatures being far too cold at those time for water to be liquid. So, how can both facts be true? At last, this paradox may be on the verge of resolution. » 11/18/14 8:16pm 11/18/14 8:16pm

Curiosity Has Stumbled Upon A Unique Mineral Patch

NASA's Curiosity Rover has spent the better part of a year scooting from a low lying area called Yellowknife Bay to the base of Mount Sharp. As a recent chemical analysis performed by the robotic explorer shows, this region is distinctly different from that found within Gale Crater — which is exactly what NASA… » 11/05/14 8:03pm 11/05/14 8:03pm