Mars rover

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover breaks driving distance record

NASA announced today that its Opportunity Mars rover has beat the off-Earth roving distance record previously held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover after driving 25 miles. The Opportunity Mars landed on the planet back in 2004.

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Happy birthday, Curiosity

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.

78K people have signed up for a one-way trip to Mars

“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.”

NASA holds haiku contest to send a message to Mars

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.