Mars

lunar-eclipse

Total eclipse tonight!

Late tonight and very early tomorrow morning, you will be treated to a celestial wonder: The earth passes between the moon and the sun, casting it’s large, reddish shadow across the entire lunar surface, causing […]

04/14/2014

This image was taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's Navcam on April 3. (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Cal Tech)

Curiosity captures bright light on Mars

A leader of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover team has offered a couple of explanations for an anomalous bright spot that showed up on pictures from the Red Planet — but they’re not the conventional explanations. […]

04/08/2014

This image provided by NASA shows loose, BB-sized, hematite-rich spherules embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion. The Mars Rover Opportunity found this cluster of them at its Eagle Crater landing site and analyzed their composition with its spectrometers. Hypotheses about their formation have contributed to the story of water on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University)

Mars rover photographs featured at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years after NASA landed two rovers on Mars for a 90-day mission, one is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the planet’s surface. Now […]

01/07/2014

A self-portrait taken by the NASA rover Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

Research suggests ancient Martian lake may have supported life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that may have teemed with tiny organisms for tens of millions of years, far longer than scientists had […]

12/09/2013

NASA's Maven, short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet’s radical climate change. The Maven spacecraft is due […]

11/18/2013

Technicians work on NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The robotic explorer is scheduled to blast off Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 on a 10-month journey to the red planet to study the atmosphere in an attempt to understand how Mars changed from warm and wet to cold and dry. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA’s newest Mars flyer to explore atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA hopes its newest Mars spacecraft lives up to its know-it-all name — Maven. The robotic explorer is due to blast off Monday afternoon on a 10-month journey to the […]

11/16/2013

This combination of Sept. 10 and 23, 2013 photos provided by NASA shows six comet-like tails radiating from a body in the asteroid belt, designated P/2013 P5. (AP Photo/NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt - UCLA)

Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid. The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they’ve never seen […]

11/08/2013

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stand guard near the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV – C25) at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

India vies for elite role in space with Mars trip

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is aiming to join the world’s deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for […]

11/04/2013

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NASA recycles spacecraft to search for asteroids

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – A NASA spacecraft currently in hibernation will be restarted to search for asteroids that astronauts could potentially explore. The space agency said Wednesday it will awaken the Wise spacecraft next month […]

08/22/2013

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Panel: Next Mars rover should gather rocks, soil

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Explore an intriguing spot on Mars. Hunt for ancient signs of Martian life. Bag a bunch of rocks and leave them on the surface for a future mission to possibly return. […]

07/09/2013

NASA Curiosity rover

NASA Mars rover Curiosity begins delayed road trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took longer than expected, but NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally heading toward a Martian mountain. The nuclear-powered, six-wheel rover drove a total of 190 feet since July Fourth, leaving the […]

07/08/2013

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NASA picks 8 new astronauts, 4 of them women

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has eight new astronauts — its first new batch in four years. Among the lucky candidates: the first female fighter pilot to become an astronaut in nearly two decades. […]

06/17/2013

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