NASA's New Mars-Landing Technology Is Almost Ready For Its Test Flight

Reporters got their first look at the rocket-powered, flying saucer-shaped vehicle that will be sent into near space this June to test the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) that will land future spacecraft on Mars. » 4/11/14 10:42am 4/11/14 10:42am

Scientists Build Incredible “Mars In A Bottle” Simulation Chamber

Environmental conditions on Mars are uniquely suited to destroying the billions of dollars of scientific equipment we send to study the Red Planet. To better protect our investments, three researchers have built a simulation chamber to assess the resilience of high-tech instruments before they are launched. » 4/09/14 7:34pm 4/09/14 7:34pm

The Woman Who Created Mars Mosaics The Hard Way

We are spoiled rotten by easy access to georeferenced Martian photography, but mosaics weren't always that easy. In the days before computer processing and seamless stitching, mosaics were constructed by Patricia "Patsy" Conklin and people like her. » 4/09/14 1:00pm 4/09/14 1:00pm

What's That Strange Light Emanating From The Martian Surface?

Remember that awesome image of the Kimberley Waypoint we showed you yesterday? Well, some astute observers noticed an artificial light glowing on the surface. And that's certainly what it looks like — but there's a very reasonable explanation. » 4/08/14 11:03pm 4/08/14 11:03pm

Your Guide to Witnessing the Biggest, Brightest Mars in Over Six Years

On April 8th, Earth will soar between the Sun and Mars. When it does, the Red Planet will reach what astronomers call "opposition" in the night sky. Just a few days later, Earth will be closer to Mars than it's been in more than six years – and during a total lunar eclipse! Here's how to watch. » 4/04/14 2:49pm 4/04/14 2:49pm

These Before-And-After Shots Confirm A New Gully Has Formed On Mars!

Check out these before and after snaps of a Martian crater and you'll see something that wasn't there before — and that something is a brand new gully, marked above with the arrow. But anyone hoping that this is even further evidence of flowing water on Mars may be disappointed. » 3/19/14 3:53pm 3/19/14 3:53pm

Tiny tunnels in meteorite whisper about the history of Mars

Peeking inside an ancient Martian meteorite explores the history of the red planet. Analysis of trapped gas bubbles confirm its origin, while tunnel-structures within the clay are similar to the textures we see created by bacteria wriggling around in Earth-rocks. » 3/02/14 3:30pm 3/02/14 3:30pm

Curiosity's Next Mission Looms Large in New Mars Panorama

NASA's Curiosity Rover spent 8 months traveling over 300-million miles to get to Mars. It spent another year getting its bearings, making several major discoveries along the way. Now it has its sights set on 18,000-foot Mount Sharp, its primary scientific target, which features prominently in this recently released… » 3/01/14 1:15am 3/01/14 1:15am

Rock mysteriously appears in front of the Mars Opportunity rover

Left: a photo taken 3528 days after the Opportunity rover arrival to Mars. Right: the exact same spot 12 Mars days later. Notice the difference? NASA JPL scientists did too: "It's about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like 'wait a second, that wasn't there before, it can't be right. Oh my… » 1/17/14 8:53am 1/17/14 8:53am