Partial solar eclipse on Mars as seen from Curiosity [PHOTO]

As once can see above, Curiosity recently caught glimpse of a partial solar eclipse from the surface of Mars and wired back some eye candy for us Earthlings to rejoice. You might find the fact that there’s only a small black dot partially covering the sun a bit disappointing. Instead, maybe we should look at our moon in more appreciative

Tiny Martian spherical rocks puzzle scientists and shifts attention back to Opportunity

In the past couple of months, all Mars-related attention has been almost unanimously shifted towars the Curiosity rover. Not to discredit any of its achievements thus far, which are just appetizers for marvelous fings to come off Curiosity, but the Opportunity rover has been trailing the Martian surface for the past eight years now, long before Curiosity had its first

Mars rover Curiosity blasts first rock with laser

The Curiosity rover, which successfully landed on Mars and is currently stationary has successfully tested its ChemCam laser for the first time since the descent to the Red Planet. Curiosity on Mars The most important task Curiosity will undertake is figuring out whether Mars is or ever was able to support life – and in order to do this, it

First high-res image from Curiosity. Mars in our computer

Ok, enough of the low-res, black and white photos from Curiosity. NASA just released the first high-resolution, nearly dust free, photograph taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars. The image was taken by the rovers’ Navigation Cameras (NavCams), which are capable of photographing at 1megapixel, depicting a flat Martian landscape with the looming rim of Gale crater in the distance,

3-D views from Mars Curiosity rover

Strap on your 3-D glasses, folks. Curiosity is back on ZME Science, this time in full 3-D. We just got ahold of two extraordinary  three-dimensional photos, taken by the car-sized rover on Mars by combining images from the robot’s navigation cameras, which operate in pairs to provide stereo views of the Martian surface.

Curiosity first color image from Mars

Hope you’re all not too bored by the influx of Curiosity we’ve been feeding these past few days. We believe this to be one of the most significant scientific events of the year, topped maybe just by the discovery of the Higgs boson, and as such the rover’s landing on martian soil deserves at least a decent amount of coverage

Curiosity Rover first images from MARS [PHOTOS]

Yes, Curiosity has landed! And like we’ve reported earlier, right after the rover landed on the martian surface, it beamed back its first images to Earth to confirm the successful touchdown. The images took 14 minutes to reach scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, where the whole Mars rover operation is being coordinated. The first one is a black-and-white,

Curiosity rover lands on Mars. New milestone for NASA is backed by worldwide cheer

At precisely 10:32 p.m. Pacific time (1:32 a.m. EDT/0530 GMT), today, August 6, NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down on martian soil flawlessly, finally putting an end to tight nerves and angst which enveloped the agency’s staff, and space exploration enthusiasts from around the globe alike. The landing marks a new milestone for NASA and human space exploration as a whole. The

Mars Curiosity rover bound for Mars crater landing soon

The most sophisticated rover developed by NASA to date, the Mars Curiosity rover, is set to land on the red planet in August. During its one year mission, the rover’s main objective is that of investigating for signs that might hint towards the presence of life, past or present, on Mars. Scientists have unanimously agreed that the best place fur

Organic carbon might have originated on Mars

A new study conducted by NASA indicates that large molecules containing carbon came to Earth from Mars – molecules which are a key ingredient for life as we know it. Studying meteorites that landed on Earth and originated on Mars, the Carnegie Institution for Science alongside NASA researchers concluded that the reduced carbon – carbon that’s bonded to hydrogen or

Rover snaps self-shot and Mars panorama [STUNNING PHOTO]

After a long and well deserved “hibernation”, the Mars Opportunity Rover was guided out of the rim of the massive Endeavour crater a few weeks ago, where it sat winter out. Before it left though, the Opportunity Rover used its panoramic camera to take about a dozen shots using an assortment of filters of its surroundings. The images were transmitted back to Earth,

NASA spacecraft detects change in Martian sand dunes

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed yet another surprising fact about our red neighbor: movement in sand dunes occurs on a large scale, about the same as in dune fields here on Earth. This is totally unexpected because Mars has a much thinner atmosphere than our planet, and high speed winds are much less common than here as well; researchers

More evidence shows Mars was wet

Several studies performed in the last decade have shown Mars used to be warmer and wetter, but scientists still haven’t figured out exactly why we are seeing these clues and how our red neighbor used to look like ages ago. Now, a new study concluded that Mars was much, much wetter than previously believed and that its atmosphere was significantly

NASA turns to engineering crowd source for Mars mission in 2018

NASA is equivalent to innovation and cutting edge technology, and this was made possible by the creative flow of whole generations of brilliant scientists. The same philosophy is in place today, as well, and even though the agency has been faced with drastic budget cuts in the past few years, it has kept an open mind and still hasn’t abandoned

Mars life search will go on, despite of budget cuts

When the administration gives you budget cut lemons, make a different scientific lemonade – that’s pretty much what NASA is trying to do in light of these decisions. Less money, more problems Citing lack of funds, the Obama administration is cutting healthy chunks of the NASA budget, placing a big question mark on many important projects, including the quest to

Today is Mars opposition – best time to see the red planet with the naked eye

The term Mars opposition basically refers to a geometric event. Thus on the 3rd of March, Mars will appear exactly opposite the sun in Earth’s sky, 180 degrees away from it, as well as come at one of the closest distances to Earth, making it easy observable even with the naked eye. This event takes place every two years and

NASA wants you to taste what’s on the Martian space-food menu

NASA  recently issued a call-out to all those interested in joining a special, four-month long study, in which a stay on a Martian outpost would be simulated. The main objective is that of assessing space food, namely whether it’s better if astronauts are provided with meals made out of “shelf-stable” ingredients such as flour, beans, rice and cheese or  freeze-dried and dehydrated

Drought on Mars for the past 600 million years: life impossible on surface

For the past three years, scientists have been analyzing  data fed back by the 2008 NASA Phoenix mission to Mars, which touch landed on the planet’s northern poles. Even though there was ice, soil analysis showed that the planet has been suffering from a massive, 600 million years long drought, providing inhospitable life supporting conditions on its surface. Despite previous research  claimed Mars

Mars rock fell in Africa last July

Well if we can’t go to Mars, it seems Mars is coming to us… at least some chunks of it. Scientists have reported a rather unusual invasion by Martians: meteorite-like chunks that fell from the Red Planet in Morocco last summer. This is the first time since 1962 that researchers have confirmed such a sample, and only the fifth time

NASA parks Mars Opportunity Rover for the winter

There’s no bigger drag on a busy Monday morning than finding your car under a heap of snow in the driveway. Taking measures and parking it under some kind shelter, if possible, would be advised if you don’t plan on driving an ice truck. Take NASA for instance, which, like every year, has routed the precious Opportunity Rover, currently the