Mars
Curiosity rover’s laser captured on camera zapping Martian rock
Curiosity rover’s laser captured on camera zapping Martian rock

On July 12, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera, mounted on the arm of the Curiosity rover, snapped a series of images of a rock dubbed “Nova”...

   
Mars rover Curiosity finds its first meteorite
Mars rover Curiosity finds its first meteorite

For the first time, the Curiosity rover has found rock primarily made of iron on the Martian terrain. The meteorite has been named “Lebanon,” and is accompanied by a second smaller rock called “Lebanon B...

   
International Mars Conference convenes at Caltech to consider data findings
International Mars Conference convenes at Caltech to consider data findings

The Eighth International Conference on Mars is being held at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) this week, having started on July 14 and lasting through July 18...

   
United Arab Emirates plans Mars mission for 2021, looks to start space agency
United Arab Emirates plans Mars mission for 2021, looks to start space agency

On Wednesday, the Emirati government announced plans to send the first Arab unmanned space probe to Mars by 2021. The United Arab Emirates declared that a UAE Space Agency will initiate and develop a project for carrying out the mission...

   
Researchers: Ravines on Mars caused by dry ice, not water
Researchers: Ravines on Mars caused by dry ice, not water

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey has revealed that channels carved into the surface of Mars were created by dry ice, and not water, as was previously speculated...

   
Researchers create high resolution map of Martian surface
Researchers create high resolution map of Martian surface

A Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) has yielded the most detailed global map of Mars ever created...

   
Curiosity manager for NASA explains how rover’s “selfie” was created
Curiosity manager for NASA explains how rover’s “selfie” was created

A project manager on NASA's Curiosity rover team explained how the rover succeeded in taking a picture of itself without showing its robotic arm. The "selfie" was taken by the rover to celebrate its completion of one Martian year on the Red Planet...

   
NASA’s flying saucer gets off the ground
NASA’s flying saucer gets off the ground

NASA tested what some are calling a “flying saucer” on Saturday. Others, like project leader Mark Alder, are simply calling it the “device.” Formally, however it is know as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)...

   
Crowdfunding commences for ‘Time Capsule to Mars’
Crowdfunding commences for ‘Time Capsule to Mars’

A new crowdfunding project has begun with the goal of sending small time capsules to Mars. According to NBC News, the Time Capsule to Mars campaign aims to raise $25 million to send a cargo of tiny probes into space and eventually to Mars...

   
Curiosity rover reaches end of primary science mission: What is ahead?
Curiosity rover reaches end of primary science mission: What is ahead?

Nearly two years after landing on Mars on August 5, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached the conclusion of the primary phase of its mission to gather evidence on whether Mars was once suitable for microbial life...