Within its first three months on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity Rover saw a surprising diversity of soils and sediments along a half-kilometer route that tell a complex story about the gradual desiccation of the Red Planet. Perhaps most notable among findings from the ChemCam team is that all of the dust and fine soil contains small […]Read more "Water for Future Mars Astronauts?"
Enhanced view of the Martian sky Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what’s left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings today at the European Geosciences Union 2013 General Assembly, in Vienna. Evidence has strengthened this month that Mars lost much of […]Read more "Mars’ Atmosphere Is Still Dynamic"
For the first time, NASA’s rover Curiosity used its on-board drill to collect a sample of Martian bedrock that might offer evidence of a long-gone wet environment, the U.S. space agency reported on Saturday. At the center of this image released to Reuters on February 9, 2013 from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called […]Read more "NASA’s robotic rover Curiosity drills into Martian rock"
In this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called Link pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust. The fractured Link outcrop has blocks of exposed, clean surfaces. Rounded gravel fragments, or clasts, up to a couple inches (few centimeters) in size are in a matrix of white […]Read more "Mars Curiosity: Link to a Watery Past"
Let the science begin! Curiosity begins its quest to determine whether Mars was once habitable, metre by metre, rock by rock This is the moment the scientists have been waiting for. Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover will begin driving today in search of the first rock to analyse with its robot arm. After five and a […]Read more "Nasa Curiosity rover begins Mars science mission today"
Less than a month after its touchdown, NASA’s Curiosity rover is already revealing a wealth of new detail about Mars—even before driving for any significant distance. Moreover, scientists are confident the startling high-definition images of inclined strata and other significant geological phenomena transmitted late last month from Curiosity are merely the tip of the iceberg […]Read more "Rover Reveals Unexpected Martian Landscapes"
NASA’s Curiosity rover survived a seven minute plunge through Mars’s atmosphere last Sunday – a huge cause for celebration for advanced composites! Among the many different advanced composite components, the Curiosity Rover was armored with an advanced carbon composite heat shield that helped it safely reach the planet surface. The advanced composite heat shield protected […]Read more "Curiosity Rover Completes One Week on Red Planet"