NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Its First Science Campaign on Mars

The goal of the campaign is to establish what four locations in these units best tell the story of Jezero Crater’s early environment and geologic history. When the science team…

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured these clouds just after sunset on March 19, 2021, the 3,063rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission. The image is made up of…

Salts Could Be Important Piece of Martian Organic Puzzle, NASA Scientists Find

“The fact that there’s organic matter preserved in 3-billion-year-old rocks, and we found it at the surface, is a very promising sign that we might be able to tap more…

NASA’s Mars Helicopter to Make First Flight Attempt Sunday

The Mars Helicopter is a high-risk, high-reward technology demonstration. If Ingenuity were to encounter difficulties during its 30-sol (Martian day) mission, it would not impact the science gathering of NASA’s…

NASA Invites Public to Take Flight With Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet. To mark a month of Ingenuity flights, the…

New Study Challenges Long-Held Theory of Fate of Mars’ Water

From NASA The new science results indicate that a large quantity of the Red Planet’s water is trapped in its crust rather than having escaped into space. Billions of years…

Watch Live: NASA Lands Perseverance Mars Rover

Mission Control Live: NASA Lands Perseverance Mars Rover (clean feed) Watch and listen as signals arrive at Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California from the Perseverance…

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Ready for the Most Precise Landing Yet

From NASA What to expect when the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover arrives at the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021. With about 2.4 million miles (3.9 million kilometers) left to…

6 Things to Know About NASA’s Mars Helicopter on Its Way to Mars

From NASA Jan. 21, 2021 Ingenuity, a technology experiment, is preparing to attempt the first powered, controlled flight on the Red Planet. When NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars on…

Field Geology on Mars Reveals Evidence of Megaflood

Guest “field geology rocks!” by David Middleton Field geology at Mars’ equator points to ancient megafloodBy Blaine Friedlander | November 18, 2020 Floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale…

Water on ancient Mars

There’s a long-standing question in planetary science about the origin of water on Earth, Mars and other large bodies such as the moon. One hypothesis says that it came from…

Cliffs in Ancient Ice on Mars

Scientists have come to realize that, just below the surface, about one third of Mars is covered in ice. We study this ice to learn about Mars’ ancient climate and…

The Lakes of Mars

Guest “Let’s light this candle! Part Deux” by David Middleton NEWS 28 SEPTEMBER 2020Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientistsResearchers have detected a group of lakes hidden…

Snowball Mars?

Guest “have rock hammer, will travel” by David Middleton Early Mars was covered in ice sheets, not flowing rivers SCIENCE, HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY Aug 3, 2020    |   For more information, contact Sachintha…

Mars Perseverance Rover opens daily launch window on Thursday, July 30, at 7:50 a.m. EDT.

From NASA July 22, 2020 RELEASE 20-075 NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Passes Flight Readiness Review NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission cleared its Flight Readiness Review Wednesday, an important milestone on…

Jessica Watkins: First Geologist on Mars?

Guest “what a journey that would be” by David Middleton Hat tip to Mrs. Middleton… NEWS Q&A 19 MAY 2020The first footprints on Mars could belong to this geologistNASA astronaut…

Mars: Noachian River System May Have Flowed >100,000 Years

Noachian (4.1 – 3.7 billion years ago) The Noachian Period is named after Noachis Terra, an ancient highland region located between the huge Argyre and Hellas impact basins of the…

Mars Magnetic Dynamo: New Timeline

Guest “remote astro-geology” by David Middleton It’s very well established that in the distant past, Mars had enough surface water to erode and deposit a wide range of fluvial sedimentary…

A Slice of Polar Layer Cake

From NASA The Martian ice cap is like a cake with every layer telling a story. In this case, the story is one of climate change on Mars. This image…

#BeAnAstronaut: NASA Seeks Applicants to Explore Moon, Mars

From NASA NASA’s new class of astronauts – the first to graduate since the agency announced its Artemis program – appear on stage during their graduation ceremony at the agency’s…

Mars’ water was mineral-rich and salty

New study finds surface waters on early Mars may have been habitable for microbial life Tokyo Institute of Technology Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in…

Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky

From NASA Nov. 26, 2019 Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky Full image and caption Dust storms are common on Mars. But every decade or so,…

Successful Orion Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon, Mars Missions

From NASA July 2, 2019 RELEASE 19-054 Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Credits: NASA…

Jezero Crater, Mars 2020’s Landing Site

From NASA May 28, 2019 NASA’s Mars 2020 will land in Jezero Crater, pictured here. The image was taken by instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which regularly takes images…