NASA just announced that it’s given the Curiosity rover the power to fire its laser at targets of its choice. You fools, you’ve killed us all.
NASA is racing to finish a new Mars rover, and the mission just got a launch and land date. The new rover will leave Earth by August 2020, and in February of 2021, it will hit the surface of the Red Planet to search for signs of life.
Curiosity is finally back in action, after it threw itself into a mysterious partial shutdown last week, briefly falling out of communication with Earth. Now, NASA has figured out the cause—and the culprit is also one of Curiosity’s best features.
NASA’s Opportunity rover just attempted to take on the steepest hill a Martian rover has ever climbed—and promptly got stuck there. Oh dear.
The Curiosity rover was sent up to Mars with the important job of hunting for microbes on the red planet’s surface. Now, that job is done, and Curiosity is getting a new mission—and that mission is all about the past, and future, of life on Mars.
This is the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2018 rover — kinda. In fact, its a half-scale model that’s been tested over the past few weeks in the ESA’s Mars Yard, but it does show what the vehicle will look like.
This looks like it could the latest rover to land on the surface of Mars. But in fact it’s a test of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission happening right here on Earth.
Behold Kevin Gill’s mosaic image of NASA’s Mars rover, which is just as good as the official selfies of Curiosity. The Nashua, NH, software engineer stitched together dozens of high-resolution photos taken by the MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) camera of the rover, and the result is a stunning self portrait of the…
This new simulator lets you direct the Curiosity rover on its missions around Mars—whether you want to send it to drill into the dust, explore new terrain, or just catch it in the somewhat awkward position of capturing a selfie (like you see above). Oh, Curiosity, we’ve all been there.
This is a great video that shows the entire trip of the Mars Opportunity Rover on one side while tracking the trip on the red planet on the other. It’s cool to know where Curiosity has gone and what it has seen but perhaps the craziest thing of the video is hearing the noise of the planet. It’s just so damn freaky.
Audi is no stranger to branching out from cars, but its most recent project is perhaps more ambitious than usual: with a team of German scientists and engineers, it’s helping build a rover that could one day make it to the moon.
Eleven years ago today—in fact, at this very minute (12:05 am ET)—NASA's Opportunity rover touched down on Mars for what was supposed to be a 90-day mission. Since then, Opportunity has proven to be an engineering marvel by traveling almost 26 miles on the Martian surface, more than any other off-Earth surface vehicle.
For as long as we've been snapping pics on the surface of Mars, we've been claiming to see anything and everything in its dusty, red terrain. Look at that blur; is that the silhouette of a lady Martian? A rogue military helmet from World War I? An actual human finger? Nope! It's a rock. It's always a rock.
It's been a long, strange, and really very enjoyable roadtrip for Curiosity, our robot rover to the stars (and planets). But more than two years after it landed on Mars, and commenced rolling towards Mount Sharp, it has finally arrived — and it's started drilling.
Mars has been rough on the Curiosity rover. The Verge collected an entire gallery of photographs from when she was shiny-new, and after surviving two years of dust storms and rock fields. Aside from the torn-up wheels, the not-so-little rover is looking pretty good after all her adventures!
Did you miss out on the early days of the Curiosity rover mission? Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day have you covered with this six-minute story on the Mars rover from conception through launch and landing to the discoveries made on the red planet.
Between UV lasers, X-ray spectrometers, and ground-penetrating radar, it's hard not to be giddy over the hardware NASA's 2020 Mars rover will be packing.
NASA just announced what the Mars 2020 rover will carry to the Martian surface, and one of them sounds like pure sci-fi: MOXIE, a machine that sucks in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and pumps out pure oxygen for use in rocket fuel—or someday, for humans to breathe.
The rigor of operating outside the atmosphere has often led to rather outlandish NASA vehicle designs, but few have been more alien than this mobile lunar field laboratory from the heyday of the Space Age. Shame it never actually made it past New Mexico.
Besides beaming us back rare astronomy photos, one of the visually cooler duties the Curiosity rover has up on Mars is firing its lasers at rocks it encounters in its path. Here's the first footage it's ever sent back of just how that process works.