A small computer vision lab on Mars

To avoid the delays associated with transferring data between Earth and Mars, NASA scientists have developed software that allows the rovers roaming Mars to analyze on the fly.The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, CA built a platform called Onboard Autonomous Science Investigation System (OASIS). OASIS allows the ...

Big ice may explain Mars’ double-layer craters

Geologists from Brown University have developed a promising new explanation for a mysterious type of crater on the surface on Mars.

NASA's Curiosity rover nears first anniversary on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars next week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life. The mobile laboratory also is guiding designs for future planetary missions.

MAVEN Spectrometer opens window to Red Planet’s past

When NASA’s MAVEN mission begins its journey to the Red Planet later this year, it will be equipped with a special instrument to take the planet back in time. That instrument is the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer, a network of electrically charged rods that will measure the charged gas particles—or ions—making up Mars’ upper atmosphere.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover passes one kilometer mark

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer. One kilometer is about 0.62 miles.

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity passes half-way point to next destination

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven more than half of the distance needed to get from a site where it spent 22 months to its next destination.

A billion-pixel view from Mars

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great detail.

Mars water-ice clouds hold key to odd thermal rhythm

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found that temperatures in the Martian atmosphere regularly rise and fall not just once each day, but twice.

A river ran through it - on Mars

Pebbles and sand scattered near an ancient Martian river network may present the most convincing evidence yet that the frigid deserts of the Red Planet were once a habitable environment traversed by flowing water.

Water-rock reaction could provide enough hydrogen to sustain life in ocean's crust or on Mars

Water-rock reaction may provide enough hydrogen 'food' to sustain life in the ocean's crust or on Mars.

Mars Curiosity rover offers strong evidence for flowing water

Despite satellite images that illustrate vast networks of channels, past Mars rover missions have shown limited evidence for flowing water on Mars.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drills second rock target

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."

Report: Wind, not water, formed mysterious mound on Mars

A roughly 3.5-mile high Martian mound that some scientists suspect preserves evidence of a massive lake might actually have formed as a result of the Red Planet's famously dusty atmosphere.

Ancient meteorite could reveal Martian secrets

In an effort to determine if conditions were ever right on Mars to sustain life, a team of scientists, including a Michigan State University professor, has examined a meteorite that formed on the red planet more than a billion years ago.

NASA scientist to aid pot growing mission

What do manned missions to Mars and marijuana have in common? Well it seems that NASA’s only way to get to Mars is by getting high and now a former NASA scientist is looking to apply his life-support expertise to marijuana growing.

NASA: Limited Martian atmosphere is still dynamic

Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate.

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover finds more evidence of water in Red Planet's past

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has identified evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it had previously found clay minerals inside a drilled rock.

Russia and ESA clinch Mars exploration agreement

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, have signed a formal agreement to work in partnership on the ExoMars program towards the launch of two missions in 2016 and 2018.

How could life adapt to Mars?

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers say they've established certain key features in proteins that are needed for life to function on Mars and other extreme environments.

NASA says conditions were "once suited" for ancient life on Mars

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover indicates ancient Mars could have supported living microbes long ago.