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This Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows deposits of glass (in green) created by impacts. (IMAGE: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/JHUAPL/UNIV. OF ARIZONA)

NASA finds glass on Mars, which could help the hunt for alien life

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, June 15, 2015 – For the first time, a spacecraft orbiting Mars has detected glass deposits inside craters on the red planet — a possible boon in the hunt for signs of past Martian life. Researchers think that the glass was created when impactors (meteoroids, asteroids or comets) slammed into Mars, superheating the Martian dirt and turning parts of the surface into glass. Scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were able to see glass on […]

by · June 15, 2015 · Government, Mars, News, Science, space
Our Rover on Mars Looked Into the Sky and Saw Earth

Our Rover on Mars Looked Into the Sky and Saw Earth

By ROBINSON MEYER, TheAtlantic.com Sometime last week, the Mars Curiosity Rover, the two-year-old American craft about the size of a minivan, turned its camera skyward. There, over a dune, it saw a shining evening star that was no star at all. It saw us—it saw Earth. Our home planet, with us aboard, shines a little brighter in the sky on Mars than Venus does here. In the picture from last week, Curiosity can see both the Earth and the moon. Neither twinkles, like a star […]

by · February 7, 2014 · Education, Featured, Mars, News, Science, Technology
Solar Eclipse as seen from the surface of Mars

Solar Eclipse as seen from the surface of Mars

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer, Space.com, for EyesOnNews.com, Aug 31, 2013 – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has captured the sharpest-ever images of a solar eclipse as seen from the Red Planet. The 1-ton Curiosity rover snapped pictures with its telephoto lens as Phobos, the larger of Mars’ two tiny moons, blotted out much of the solar disk on Aug. 17. “This event occurred near noon at Curiosity’s location, which put Phobos at its closest point to the rover, appearing larger against the sun […]

by · August 31, 2013 · Education, Events, Featured, Mars, News, Science
Curiosity using autonomous navigation to check out Mars

Curiosity using autonomous navigation to check out Mars

By Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Aug 29, 2013 – PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars. This latest addition to Curiosity’s array of capabilities will help the rover cover the remaining ground en route to Mount Sharp, where geological layers hold information about environmental changes on ancient Mars. The capability uses software that engineers adapted to […]

by · August 29, 2013 · Education, Events, Featured, Mars, News, Science
Curiosity captures footage of a Martian moon eclipse (Video)

Curiosity captures footage of a Martian moon eclipse (Video)

by Christopher MacManus, CNET.com – As Curiosity continues to trek across the wild red yonder of Mars, it stopped for a moment earlier this month to observe the two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, passing by each other in the night sky. This imagery of one Martian moon eclipsing another as seen from the surface of Mars is the first of its kind, and serves a useful purpose for astronomers.”The ultimate goal is to improve orbit knowledge enough that we can […]

by · August 19, 2013 · Featured, Mars, News, Science, Videos
NASA plays “Happy Birthday” for Curiosity (Video)

NASA plays “Happy Birthday” for Curiosity (Video)

Time, Science & Space, Los Angeles, Aug 5, 2013 — Mount Sharp has beckoned Curiosity since the NASA rover made its grand entrance on Mars exactly a year ago, dangling from nylon cables to a safe landing. If microbes ever existed on Mars, the mountain represents the best hope for preserving the chemical ingredients that are fundamental to all living things. After a poky but productive start, Curiosity recently pointed its wheels south, rolling toward the base of Mount Sharp in […]

by · August 5, 2013 · Events, Featured, Mars, News, Science
And She’s Off! Curiosity Hits the Martian Road

And She’s Off! Curiosity Hits the Martian Road

By Courtney Coren, NewsMax (July 15, 2013) – The Mars rover Curiosity has been given its first major mission — to explore the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp — but it will take the vehicle up to a year to even reach its base. Curiosity traveled some 20 yards on Friday and cleared another 45 yards on Monday on its torturously slow way toward its destination, Discovery News reports. NASA’s Mars rover landed Aug. 5 and has covered 1,000 yards so far. In […]

by · July 15, 2013 · Mars, News, Science