NASA’s Mars Odyssey Captures Huge Volcano, Nears 100,000 Orbits – NASA

NASA’s Mars Odyssey Captures Huge Volcano, Nears 100,000 Orbits – NASA

The 23-year-old orbiter is taking images that offer horizon-wide views of the Red Planet similar to what astronauts aboard the International Space Station see over Earth. NASA’s longest-lived Mars robot is about to mark a new milestone on June 30: 100,000 trips around the Red Planet since launching 23 years ago. During that time, the … Read more

Detective Work Enables Perseverance Team to Revive SHERLOC Instrument – NASA

Detective Work Enables Perseverance Team to Revive SHERLOC Instrument – NASA

After six months of effort, an instrument that helps the Mars rover look for potential signs of ancient microbial life has come back online. The SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals) instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has analyzed a rock target with its spectrometer and camera for the … Read more

NASA Technology Grants to Advance Moon to Mars Space Exploration – NASA

NASA Technology Grants to Advance Moon to Mars Space Exploration – NASA

NASA has awarded nearly $1.5 million to academic, non-profit, and business organizations to advance state-of-the-art technology that will play a key role in the agency’s return to the Moon under Artemis, as well as future missions to Mars. Twenty-four projects from 21 organizations have been awarded under NASA’s Dual-Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notices, or … Read more

NASA Selects Commercial Service Studies to Enable Mars Robotic Science – NASA

NASA Selects Commercial Service Studies to Enable Mars Robotic Science – NASA

Nine companies have been selected to conduct early-stage studies of concepts for commercial services to support lower-cost, higher-frequency missions to the Red Planet. NASA has identified nine U.S. companies to perform a total of 12 concept studies of how commercial services can be applied to enable science missions to Mars. Each awardee will receive between … Read more

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

Major Martian Milestones – NASA Science

Major Martian Milestones – NASA Science

The horizon of Mars showing water-ice and dust in the atmosphere, as seen by the NASA’s Mars Odyssey mission on May 9, 2023. To find layers of ice and dust like these in Mars’s atmosphere, participants in the Cloudspotting on Mars project analyze data from a different infrared instrument, the Mars Climate Sounder on the … 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