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]

jun 072012
Climate Changes on Mars?

  The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) recently acquired images of two adjacent craters with very different characteristics in the Arabia Terra region on Mars. The Danielson Crater (with a diameter of approximately 60 km) is characterised by a variety of features referred to as ‘Yardangs’, while the smaller Kalocsa Crater (with a diameter of [continue reading]

mei 042012
Mars: Former lakes and rivers - a place for microorganisms?

  Former crater lakes and dendritic river valleys in Acidalia Planitia – a place for microorganisms? Perspective view from the southeast to the northwest over Acidalia Planitia The images from the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), carried on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft and operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und [continue reading]