Curiosity captures the Red Planet in all its glory.
The intrepid robot took time from drilling to capture this unforgettable image.
"We'll also look at the chemistry of the rocks to see if the water that was once present would've been of the kind that could
Even the tiniest visual anomaly on Mars sends Earthlings reeling in imaginative speculation. In the past few years, cameras we've sent to Mars have turned up "Martians" of every variety: iguanas, rats, turtles, squirrels, Yetis, humanoid faces, and an entire alien base camp and mothership.
Hollywood is in the midst of a science-fiction boom, yet few of its sci-fi movies are based on real science. That's a shame, because the scientific discoveries emerging from NASA these days are as exciting as any Hollywood blockbuster.
The 1-ton Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012 to determine if the Red Planet could ever have supported microbial
The 1-ton Curiosity rover appears as a small bluish dot in the bottom-righthand part of the image, which was captured by
Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on SPACE.com. Curiosity kicked off its long drive kicked on
For example, the new robot will use a similar chassis and "sky crane" landing system, NASA officials have said. But the 2020
It’s accomplishments like this that make me proud of my species. Mars Gigapixel Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar
Think this looks like earth? That's because the raw image has been "white-balanced" to make it appear more like our own planet
The truth is that scientists get no training at all in communicating with the public or even our students. And that's a shame, because if the public doesn't understand what science or spacecraft are good for, then eventually they will demand that our tax dollars stop supporting it.
Continued testing and updates of mission plans continue to assure that the Curiosity rover's drill will operate as planned, when needed, for the primary mission and beyond. Now let's go drill some rocks and get on with the exploration of Mars!
Until we understand our climate problems, and until we've developed solutions to deal with them, I'm not especially curious about Mars. "Danger, Will Robinson, danger!" With so much climatic uncertainty and so much at stake here at home, we can't afford to get lost in space.
At Monday's conference, Grotzinger stressed that the public must have patience where findings are concerned, noting the challenge
However, NASA downplayed any wishful thinking in a statement Friday. Rumors about a big discovery circulated after chief