Curiosity News & Features

NASA Scientists Gear Up for Solar Storms at Mars

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The Sun will be at peak activity this year, providing a rare opportunity to study how solar storms and radiation could affect future astronauts on the Red Planet. In the months ahead, two of NASA’s Mars spacecraft will have an…

Article4 weeks ago
A landscape scene looks out on a mostly flat surface with pools of liquid. in the middle A mountain range in the distance runs across the top of the image, punctuated by a daylight blue sky.

Why is Methane Seeping on Mars? NASA Scientists Have New Ideas

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The most surprising revelation from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover — that methane is seeping from the surface of Gale Crater — has scientists scratching their heads. Living creatures produce most of the methane on Earth. But scientists haven’t found convincing…

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NASA’s Curiosity Searches for New Clues About Mars’ Ancient Water

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The rover has arrived at an area that may show evidence liquid water flowed on this part of Mars for much longer than previously thought. NASA’s Curiosity rover has begun exploring a new region of Mars, one that could reveal…

Article2 months ago

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures a Martian Day, From Dawn to Dusk

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Videos from the rover show its shadow moving across the Martian surface during a 12-hour sequence while Curiosity remained parked. When NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover isn’t on the move, it works pretty well as a sundial, as seen in two…

Article5 months ago

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Clocks 4,000 Days on Mars

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The mission team is making sure the robotic scientist, now in its fourth extended mission, is staying strong, despite wear and tear from its 11-year journey. Four thousand Martian days after setting its wheels in Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, NASA’s…

Article7 months ago

NASA’s Curiosity Reaches Mars Ridge Where Water Left Debris Pileup

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Believed to be a remnant of powerful ancient debris flows, Gediz Vallis Ridge is a destination long sought by the rover’s science team. Three billion years ago, amid one of the last wet periods on Mars, powerful debris flows carried…

Article8 months ago

Cracks in Ancient Martian Mud Surprise NASA’s Curiosity Rover Team

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A new paper suggests the same conditions that created the cracks could have been favorable to the emergence of microscopic life.

Article10 months ago

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Faces Its Toughest Climb Yet on Mars

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Shortly before the rover’s 11th anniversary on the Red Planet, its team helped guide it up a steep, slippery slope to examine meteor craters.

Article10 months ago

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Martian Morning, Afternoon in New ‘Postcard’

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After completing a major software update in April, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover took a last look at “Marker Band Valley” before leaving it behind, capturing a “postcard” of the scene. The postcard is an artistic interpretation of the landscape, with color added…

Article12 months ago
Curiosity's 'Postcard' of 'Marker Band Valley': NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its black-and-white navigation cameras to capture panoramas at two times of day on April 8, 2023. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Martian Morning, Afternoon in New ‘Postcard’

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Lighting from two times of day was combined for a stunning view of terrain that the rover is leaving behind.

Article12 months ago