mei 312013
 
Round Pebbles on Mars Evidence of Ancient Stream

  Detailed analysis and review have borne out researchers’ initial interpretation of pebble-containing slabs that NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity investigated last year: They are part of an ancient streambed. NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team [continue reading]

mrt 132013
 
Conditions on Mars Once Favorable for Life

  An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.   Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed [continue reading]

nov 032012
 
Does Little Methane on Mars Mean It Was Never Habitable?

  NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere.  If the atmosphere of Mars contains methane, various possibilities have been proposed for where the methane could come from and how it could disappear.  Potential non-biological sources for methane on Mars include comets, degradation [continue reading]

sep 302012
 
Curiosity Finds Old Streambed on Mars

  NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence — images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels — is the first of its kind. NASA’s Curiosity rover [continue reading]

aug 282012
 
Curiosity Returns Voice and Telephoto Views from Mars

  NASA’s Mars Curiosity has debuted the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back. A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA’s Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover’s eventual science destination. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS In [continue reading]

aug 232012
 
Curiosity Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing

  NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced yesterday they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury. An artist’s conception of Curiosity exploring Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Making its first movement on the Martian surface, Curiosity’s drive combined forward, turn and reverse segments. This placed the rover roughly 20 [continue reading]