The rover, dubbed Yoto, took a handful of photos of the Chang’e-3 lander, its companion on the lunar journey.
Mars One announced today that it has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies for its first (albeit unmanned) mission to Mars. It also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $400,000 to finance the studies.
NASA’s Mars Curiosity has found a 3.7 billion year old lake that could be a clue to whether Mars could have truly supported life.
On August 5, 2012, we watched the lil’ guy make its way to the surface of the red planet. Since then, Curiosity has drilled into Martian rock with lasers, scooped up soil samples, found evidence of water, and set up an adorable Twitter account.
Where government-funded agencies see roadblocks, entrepreneurs see opportunity. But is a one-way mission to Mars a good business bet? Mars One is going all in, NASA be damned.
With future innovations on the line, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab head would love the public’s help. But there are some hurdles to clear first.
About a year ago, NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down successfully on Mars. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, here’s a two-minute video of the rover exploring Mars.
Over the course of 20 minutes, Curiosity fired its million-watt laser at a tiny section of Martian soil 20 times.
The agency believes the transformative technology could be “key” for astronauts venturing to Mars.
Editor’s Pick In remarks at D11 today, Musk came across as a visionary leader who, unlike his peers, actually knows what the hell he’s doing and isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.
On top of the first successful SpaceX Dragon launch, here are other awesome developments we’ve seen in the past year concerning efforts to explore space.
The real hero here is Karl Sanford, the enthusiastic fan who took the time to put it all together. On the YouTube page for the clip, he says, “This is my first attempt at this process and hope to update and refine these videos as more data becomes available.”
To make it worth the substantial cost of shipping greenhouses, lighting, and other necessary equipment to the red planet, the missions need to be very long in duration — as long as 15 or even 20 years.
“This is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” said Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp. “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.”
MAVEN is going to dabble in atmospheric forensics, looking at Martian solar winds and gathering data to figure out a bit more about how the planet’s atmosphere decayed. You can use that as inspiration for your haiku.
The company is looking for “mature and interesting” folks. Basically what that means is that there are no professional or academic prerequisites, and anyone can apply.
If you’ve always felt like a pioneer, but never had the opportunity, Mars One will begin accepting video applications to its Mars colonization project between now and July 2013.
Using a neutron gun and an infrared imaging camera, researchers found signs of hydration: water molecules bound to minerals in Martian rock.
The Netherlands-based company got State Department approval to work with U.S. contractors on life support and space suits designed to last a lifetime.
Inspiration Mars, the first private mission to the Red Planet, will likely be a monumental achievement for humanity — and poop will help make it possible.
The Mars Curiosity rover got one step closer to drilling into the Martian surface this weekend in its search for evidence of microbial life on Mars.
Editor’s Pick We got in touch with Bas Lansdorp, entrepreneur and mission ringleader for Mars One, to talk about how a wild idea — sending humans on a one-way trip to Mars — might actually become reality in our lifetimes. And yes, he has investors.
If you’re 18 or older, resilient, collaborative, and creative, you might be right for extra-terrestrial travel.
Everyone’s favorite Martian will be sending us Earthlings a little New Year’s Eve love tonight.
This year’s LeWeb was heavy on tech jargon, but we’re beginning to see the Internet of Things take shape.
Mars may once have looked like Earth. It has seasons, polar ice-caps and once supported shallow seas and flowing streams. So did it also once support life?
Nasa’s Curiosity rover analyzed its first scoop on Mars, and found water molecules in “higher than anticipated” quantities, according to an announcement from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory today.
Initial readings found that levels of radiation are about the same astronauts typically experience in the low-Earth orbit.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory prepared for a lot of variables when it sent Curiosity, the car sized rover, to Mars, but it didn’t prepare for it to become a tween-aged girl on Myspace.
This clip shows Curiosity’s very first collection of Martian rocks and dust via its robotic arm’s scooper, as seen from the rover’s mast camera.
Nowadays, everybody wanna talk like they got somethin’ to say, but nothin’ comes out when they move their lips — just a bunch of gibberish. VentureBeat readers act like they forgot about Mars.
The Mars Curiosity rover isn’t just a bad-ass robot scientist roaming the badlands of Mars. It’s also a jukebox. The rover transmitted Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am’s latest song “Reach for the Stars.” Tacky? Maybe, but it’s a song from Mars.
NASA announced today that it is planning yet another mission to Mars, this one equipped with a drill for taking measurements of the planet’s sub-surface conditions.
Now that the Curiosity rover’s cameras are open and fully operational, it’s sending back gorgeous and fascinating shots like this one, a 360-degree panorama showing the rollerbot as it approaches Mars’s Mt. Sharp.
NASA’s scientists have taken advantage of 3D graphics and game-like simulations to figure out how to control the rover Curiosity on the rocky Martian landscape.
Ever wanted to explore Mars just like you do on Google Maps? Now you can, thanks to an incredible new 360-degree panorama on 360Cities.
We’re not going to apologize for this: When President Obama muses about getting his own mohawk inspired by Bobak Ferdowsi of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), you’re going to get another post about the landing on Mars.
When we first saw pictures from NASA’s Curosity mission to Mars, many of us asked, “That’s it?”
Film maker Brandon Fibbs has created a video inspired by the Mars rover touch down on Sunday that gives the rest of us a better idea of the emotions the folks in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) control room were feeling at the time of the event.