Mars Rovers

Opportunity Rover Gets Power Boost from Wind Events on Mars

by Nancy Atkinson March 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The Opportunity rover on Mars has gotten a 70% boost in power over the past few weeks. A good portion of that comes from the fact that its springtime in Mars’ southern hemisphere where Oppy now sits along the western rim […]

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Curiosity Rover pauses mid-drive and captures Spectacular Martian Mountain Snapshot

by Ken Kremer March 1, 2014

Like any good tourist, NASA’s rover Curiosity apparently couldn’t resist the photobug urge from a gorgeous Martian mountain scene she happened by recently and decided to pull over and enjoy the view. So she stopped the dune buggy mid-drive on the sandy road to her daily destination one Sol last week on Feb. 19, powered […]

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Martian Dune Buggy Curiosity Adopts New Driving Mode to Save Wheels from Rough Rocks

by Ken Kremer February 20, 2014

The team directing the epic trek of NASA’s Curiosity rover across the floor of Gale Crater has adopted new driving strategies and a new way forward in response to the unexpected wheel damage caused by driving over fields of rough edged Red Planet rocks in recent months. This week, engineers directed dune buggy Curiosity to […]

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Mystery of the Martian ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Rock – Solved

by Ken Kremer February 15, 2014

The mystery of the world famous “Jelly Doughnut” rock on Mars has at last been solved by diligent mission scientists toiling away in dank research labs on Earth. The “Jelly Doughnut” rock achieved worldwide fame, or better yet infamy, when it suddenly appeared out of nowhere in pictures taken by NASA’s renowned Red Planet rover […]

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You are Here! Curiosity’s 1st Photo of Home Planet Earth from Mars

by Ken Kremer February 6, 2014

18 months into her mission to discover a habitable zone on the Red Planet, NASA’s Curiosity rover has at last looked back to the inhabited zone of all humanity and snapped her 1st image of all 7 Billion Earthlings living on the Home Planet. “Look Back in Wonder… My first picture of Earth from the […]

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