India Reaches Mars With Mangalyaan's Safe Arrival

Tonight is a big night for the planet occupied entirely by robots: the Mars Orbiter Mission is the second spacecraft in two days to slip into orbit around the red planet, and the first interplanetary mission from India. Don't take this accomplishment lightly: the failure rate for Mars missions is still painfully high. » 9/23/14 8:10pm 9/23/14 8:10pm

MAVEN "Nails It," Swinging Into Mars Orbit With Style

The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That's a fantastically short correction to end a 711 million kilometer, 10-month journey, and a perfect kickoff to its mission investigating the structure and evolution of the planet's… » 9/22/14 11:30am 9/22/14 11:30am

Watching this Video Feels Like Landing on Mars at Breakneck Speed

This video takes you on a virtual descent from orbit into the so-called Distributary Fan on Mars, located just northeast of Holden Crater. Using imagery from the Mars Orbiter and the Mars Global Surveyor, this visualization shows where liquid water probably flowed across the Martian surface in the past. » 8/27/14 3:45am 8/27/14 3:45am