Articles tagged "curiosity rover"

MARS panorama march 4 2020

Curiosity rover captures highest-definition Mars panorama featuring 1.8 billion pixels

NASA's Curiosity rover has snapped its largest and highest-resolution panorama ever, which features an astonishing 1.8 billion pixel view of Glen Torridon-- a region on the flanks of Mars' Mount Sharp. The stunning image is a composite of more than 1 000...

March 08, 2020

dust storm mars june 2018

Martian dust storm now officially a global dust event

One of the most intense dust storms ever observed on Mars is raging across the planet since May 30, 2018. The storm grew rapidly over the next 20 days and is now officially a 'planet-encircling' (global) dust event. Although Martian dust storms are common...

June 21, 2018


Martian sunset observed in color by Curiosity rover

Curiosity Mars rover recorded this sequence of views of the Sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater. It was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The four images sh

May 10, 2015


Curiosity rover finds active, ancient organic chemistry on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill."This temporary increase in meth

December 18, 2014


Space fleet ready for Siding Spring's historic brush with Mars

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is scheduled for a very close flyby at only about 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from the surface of Mars on October 19, 2014 around 18:27 UTC. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth the distance

October 10, 2014


Curiosity rover takes first sample of Mount Sharp

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first sample of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.Late Wednesday, September 24, the rover's hammering drill chewed about 6.7 centimeters (2.6

September 27, 2014


First image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has captured the first image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars. The night-sky image actually includes two asteroids: Ceres and Vesta, plus one of Mars' two moons, Deimos, which may have been an

May 01, 2014


Earth and our moon as seen from Mars

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth. Researchers used the left eye

February 10, 2014

curiosity drill scoop

Curiosity becomes first rover ever to drill Martian rock

Adding another milestone to its achievements, Curiosity has successfully drilled a Martian rock, thereby obtaining sample from its interior. Curiosity is the first rover ever to perform such drilling on a rock beyond Earth, NASA reported on February 20, 2013. Powdered

February 23, 2013

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Martian soil similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii

Mars rover Curiosity has completed the first-ever detailed X-ray analysis of Martian sand showing the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii.Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) to

October 31, 2012

mars terrain

Just how cold is Mars?

Temperature on mars is cooler than what it might appear in those high-resolution pictures sent by curiosity. Weather station data aboard Mars Science Laboratory reveals that desert-like terrain of Gale crater which resembles barren lands of American southwest, is

September 19, 2012

JPL mission support area

Where to watch and follow Curiosity rover landing on Mars on-line

With Mars looming ever larger in front of it, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are in the final stages of preparing for entry, descent and landing on the Red Planet At 10:31 p.m. August 5, 2012 PDT (1:31 a.m. August 6 EDT, 05:31 August

August 05, 2012


Life on Mars? Curiosity landing on Red Planet scheduled for August 6, 2012

Curiosity rover will attempt safe landing on Gale Crater, Mars in just three days. At 10:31 p.m. August 5 PDT (1:31 a.m. August 6 EDT, 05:31 August 6 UTC Earth time - 3 pm Mars time) NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will attempt to deliver the nearly 1-ton,

August 02, 2012

mars curiosity hit by solar radiation storm

Mars rover Curiosity experienced and measured X2-class solar flare radiation storm

On January 27, 2012, Curiosity’s spacecraft was hit by the most intense solar radiation storm since 2005.  The event began when sunspot AR1402 produced an X2-class solar flare. (On the “Richter Scale of Solar Flares”, X-flares are the most powerful kind.)  The

February 24, 2012

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Curiosity Rover launches to Mars

NASA has launched its next Mars rover, kicking off a long-awaited mission to investigate whether the Red Planet could ever have hosted microbial life.The Curiosity rover blasted off atop its Atlas 5 rocket today (Nov. 26) at 10:02 a.m. EST (1502 GMT), streaking

November 26, 2011