NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity (AFP Photo / NASA) The rover Curiosity has discovered water in fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, NASA confirmed Thursday in a series of papers published in the journal Science. Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains about two pints of liquid water, though the molecules are bound to […]
Upon glancing at this image. what do you think it is? If you guessed it is an image of the desert or a sandstorm, you would be wrong. This isn’t even a representation of anything worldly, but other-worldly — This is an incredible artist rendering of Olympus Mons on Mars, which is the largest volcano […]
As Universe Today reported last week, images from the Curiosity rover showed what looked like a piece of shiny metal sticking out from a rock. Some of their readers suggested that it might be a handle or knob of some kind. It’s a knob, yes, says Ronald Sletten from the Mars Science Laboratory team, but a completely natural formation. Sletten, from the University of Washington, explained that, not surprisingly, it is actually a part of the rock that is different — harder and more resistant to erosion — than the rest of the rock it’s embedded in.
At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS › Full image and caption › See drilling animation An animated set of three images from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the rover’s […]
The Curiosity Mars rover has found some strange-looking little things on Mars – you’ve likely heard of the Mars ‘flower,’ the piece of benign plastic from the rover itself, and other bright flecks of granules in the Martian soil. Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock.
This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet. If the rock meets […]
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This view of layered rocks on the floor of McLaughlin Crater shows sedimentary rocks that contain spectroscopic evidence for minerals formed through interaction with water. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona[/caption] PASADENA, Calif. — A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of […]
NASA’s Curiosity rover dusts off a rock on Mars for the first time.
One billion stars New view of the blue marble Furthest-ever image of the universe 9 billion pixels of the Milky Way galaxy The view 50 million light years away Panorama of Mars A not-so-dark “dark core” A twister on Mars Saturns storms European panorma at night from the International Space Station The […]
01.03.13 NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins. This new class of meteorite was found in 2011 in the Sahara Desert. Designated Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, and nicknamed “Black […]
Curiosity monitors radiation and spots elusive whirlwinds on Mars