Mars Exploration Rovers

Mountains, Gandalf! Red Planet Pictures Show Mars In The Eyes Of The Rovers

by Elizabeth Howell July 14, 2014

Fancy a little Mars in your daily life? You need go no further than the excellent raw image archive that NASA generously provides on its website, showing the view from the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers as they make their way on the surface. Opportunity is rolling along in its eleventh year of operations, busily exploring […]

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Some Ideas on Where the ‘Jelly Donut’ Rock on Mars Came from — and no, it’s not a mushroom

by Nancy Atkinson January 29, 2014

Hoo boy. Just mention the word “mystery” in conjunction with the planet Mars and all sorts of folks come out of the woodwork. Some start talking about silicon-based alien life forms or Mars-based reptiles or projectiles being tossed by little green men. The latest is that there’s an exotic mushroom on Mars, and this idea […]

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The Rock that Appeared Out of Nowhere on Mars

by Nancy Atkinson January 17, 2014

During last night’s celebration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of ten years of the Mars Exploration Rovers, mission principal investigator Steve Squyres shared several stories about the exploration and discoveries made by the rovers Spirit and Opportunity since they landed on Mars in 2004. An intriguing recent mystery is a strange rock that suddenly appeared […]

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Opportunity Rover Glimpses Conditions Suitable for Life

by Nancy Atkinson December 4, 2012

Whitewater Lake is the large flat rock in the top half of the image. From left to right it is about 30 inches (0.8 meter) across. The dark blue nubby rock to the lower left is “Kirkwood,” which bears non-hematite spherules. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. Steve Squyres, Principal Investigator for the Mars Explorations […]

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Latest Panoramic View from Mars Rover

by Nancy Atkinson July 5, 2012

What’s a Mars rover to do when there’s not enough power to rove? Take pictures. LOTS of pictures! This wonderful new panoramic view of the Opportunity rover’s stopping place this past Mars winter, Greeley Haven, is composed of 817 images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012. It shows fresh rover tracks and […]

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