NASA Scientists Gear Up for Solar Storms at Mars – NASA

NASA Scientists Gear Up for Solar Storms at Mars – NASA

The Sun will be at peak activity this year, providing a rare opportunity to study how solar storms and radiation could affect future astronauts on the Red Planet. In the months ahead, two of NASA’s Mars spacecraft will have an unprecedented opportunity to study how solar flares — giant explosions on the Sun’s surface — … Read more

Sols 4166-4167: A Garden Full of Rocks – NASA Science

Sols 4166-4167: A Garden Full of Rocks – NASA Science

Here on Earth (in Toronto, specifically), it’s a very typical April which can’t quite make up its mind about whether or not it wants to be spring. On Mars (in Gale Crater), we’re well into spring, and Curiosity is enjoying the (relatively) warmer weather. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I … Read more

Sols 4164-4165: What’s Around the Ridge-bend? – NASA Science

Sols 4164-4165: What’s Around the Ridge-bend? – NASA Science

2 min read Sols 4164-4165: What’s Around the Ridge-bend? This image was taken by the Left Navigation Camera and looks towards the deposits that make up the bend in Gediz Vallis ridge between “Pinnacle Ridge” and “Fascination Turret”. In the background is the layered stratigraphy that makes up the butte “Texoli”. NASA/JPL-Caltech Earth planning date: Monday, … Read more

Sols 4161-4163: Double Contact Science – NASA Science

Sols 4161-4163: Double Contact Science – NASA Science

2 min read Sols 4161-4163: Double Contact Science This image was taken by Mast Camera (Mastcam) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4159 (2024-04-18 13:24:29 UTC). NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Earth planning date: Friday, April 19, 2024 Curiosity has a three-sol weekend plan coming up as it makes progress along the edge of upper Gediz Vallis ridge. … Read more

Why is Methane Seeping on Mars? NASA Scientists Have New Ideas – NASA Science

Why is Methane Seeping on Mars? NASA Scientists Have New Ideas – NASA Science

Living creatures produce most of the methane on Earth. But scientists haven’t found convincing signs of current or ancient life on Mars, and thus didn’t expect to find methane there. Yet, the portable chemistry lab aboard Curiosity, known as SAM, or Sample Analysis at Mars, has continually sniffed out traces of the gas near the … Read more

Sols 4159-4160: A Fully Loaded First Sol – NASA Science

Sols 4159-4160: A Fully Loaded First Sol – NASA Science

3 min read Sols 4159-4160: A Fully Loaded First Sol This image was taken by Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 4158 (2024-04-17 07:52:27 UTC). NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL Earth planning date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Curiosity continues to make progress along the margin of upper Gediz Vallis ridge, investigating the broken bedrock … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures a Martian Day, From Dawn to Dusk – NASA

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures a Martian Day, From Dawn to Dusk – NASA

Videos from the rover show its shadow moving across the Martian surface during a 12-hour sequence while Curiosity remained parked. When NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover isn’t on the move, it works pretty well as a sundial, as seen in two black-and-white videos recorded on Nov. 8, the 4,002nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Clocks 4,000 Days on Mars – NASA

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Clocks 4,000 Days on Mars – NASA

The mission team is making sure the robotic scientist, now in its fourth extended mission, is staying strong, despite wear and tear from its 11-year journey. Four thousand Martian days after setting its wheels in Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover remains busy conducting exciting science. The rover recently drilled its 39th sample then … Read more