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All About the Laser (and Microphone) Atop Mars 2020, NASA’s Next Rover

February 8, 2020

SuperCam is a rock-vaporizing instrument that will help scientists hunt for Mars fossils. NASA is sending a new…
NASA’s New Moon Rover Tested in Lunar Operations Lab

January 15, 2020

An engineering model of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is tested in the Simulated Lunar Operations Laboratory at NASA’s…
Space History Is Made in This NASA Robot Factory

December 25, 2019

Built in 1961, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is the cradle…
NASA’s Moon to Mars Plans, Artemis Lunar Program Gets Fast Tracked in 2019

December 24, 2019

In 2019, NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the agency’s Apollo 11 Moon landing, the most historic moment in space…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

December 19, 2019

NASA’s next Mars rover has passed its first driving test. A preliminary assessment of its activities on Dec.…
Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

December 11, 2019

Curiosity won’t be NASA’s only active Mars rover for much longer. Next summer, Mars 2020 will be headed…
NASA Updates Mars 2020 Mission Environmental Review

November 23, 2019

As NASA continues preparations for the summer 2020 Florida launch of its Mars 2020 rover, including the recent…
Aquatic Rover Goes for a Drive Under the Ice

November 20, 2019

A little robotic explorer will be rolling into Antarctica this month to perform a gymnastic feat – driving…
Screening Soon: ‘The Pathfinders’ Trains Lens on Mars

November 7, 2019

The era NASA called “Faster, Better, Cheaper” started with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory agreeing to land something on…
Mars InSight’s Mole Has Partially Backed Out of Its Hole

October 29, 2019

After making progress over the past several weeks digging into the surface of Mars, InSight’s mole has backed…
Mars 2020 Stands on Its Own Six Wheels

October 26, 2019

This time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 8, 2019, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, captures the…
New Selfie Shows Curiosity, the Mars Chemist

October 25, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover took this selfie on Oct. 11, 2019. A new selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars…
Mars 2020 rover unwrapped. Image credit: NASA
Mars 2020 Unwrapped and Ready for Testing

October 19, 2019

In this time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 4, 2019, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited…
Mars InSight’s ‘Mole’ Is Moving Again

October 18, 2019

NASA’s InSight spacecraft has used its robotic arm to help its heat probe, known as “the mole,” dig…
HiRISE Views NASA’s InSight and Curiosity on Mars

October 17, 2019

The HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently sent home eye-catching views of the agency’s InSight lander…
NASA’s Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander’s Heat Probe

October 5, 2019

NASA’s InSight lander, which is on a mission to explore the deep interior of Mars, positioned its robotic…
NASA’s InSight ‘Hears’ Peculiar Sounds on Mars

October 2, 2019

Put an ear to the ground on Mars and you’ll be rewarded with a symphony of sounds. Granted,…
NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn’s Moons

September 26, 2019

Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form…
NASA is Testing a Drill to Search for Life on Mars – On Its Own

September 20, 2019

NASA has barely scratched the surface of Mars – literally. While past rovers have dug inches into the…
IMPULS team from Poland becomes a first double Martian rovers competition winner in the world

September 18, 2019

For the fifth time constructors from all over the world competed in the international Martian robots competition, ERC.…
Speeded up 28 times, this time-lapse shows NASA's Mars 2020 rover on a spin table at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Aug. 29, 2019. Engineers were looking to establish the rover's center of gravity, or the point at which weight is evenly dispersed on all sides. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA’s Mars 2020 Comes Full Circle

September 13, 2019

Engineers took NASA’s Mars 2020 for a spin on Aug. 29, 2019. The 2,300-pound (1,040-kilogram) Martian vehicle was…
Image credit: ERC
On the mission to find the best Martian rover team in the world

September 5, 2019

Organizers reveal the presentation of ERC 2019 competition tasks. The grand final of the fifth edition of European…
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Attached to Mars 2020 Rover

August 29, 2019

Engineers attached NASA’s Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet, to the…
Image credit: ERC
The international space sector is meeting up in Poland during ERC 2019 conference

August 29, 2019

Representatives of the European and global world of science and business interested in applying space and robotics technologies…
Robotic Toolkit Added to NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

August 16, 2019

The bit carousel — a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual…
NASA ‘Optometrists’ Verify Mars 2020 Rover’s 20/20 Vision

August 6, 2019

Equipped with visionary science instruments, the Mars 2020 rover underwent an “eye” exam after several cameras were installed…
New Finds for Mars Rover, Seven Years After Landing

August 6, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has…
MEDLI2 Installation on Mars 2020 Aeroshell Begins

August 5, 2019

Hardware installed onto NASA’s Mars 2020 entry vehicle this week will help to increase the safety of future…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Does Biceps Curls

July 27, 2019

The robotic arm on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover does not have deltoids, triceps or biceps, but it can…
Fueling of NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Power System Begins

July 25, 2019

NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, has given the go-ahead to begin fueling the…
Mars 2020 Rover: T-Minus One Year and Counting

July 18, 2019

The launch period for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover opens exactly one year from today, July 17, 2020, and…
HiRISE Spots Curiosity Rover at Mars’ ‘Woodland Bay’

July 14, 2019

A dramatic Martian landscape can be seen in a new image taken from space, showing NASA’s Curiosity rover examining a…
RoboSimian can walk on four legs, crawl, move like an inchworm and slide on its belly. In this photo it stands on the Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley, California, for field testing with engineer Brendan Chamberlain-Simon.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
For Climbing Robots, the Sky’s the Limit

July 11, 2019

Robots can drive on the plains and craters of Mars, but what if we could explore cliffs, polar…
Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Super Instrument

July 4, 2019

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have installed the SuperCam Mast Unit onto the Mars 2020 rover.…
NASA’s InSight Uncovers the ‘Mole’

July 2, 2019

Behold the “mole”: The heat-sensing spike that NASA’s InSight lander deployed on the Martian surface is now visible.…
This image was taken by the left Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on June 18, 2019, the 2,440th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. It shows part of "Teal Ridge," which the rover has been studying within a region called the "clay-bearing unit." Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Curiosity Detects Unusually High Methane Levels.

June 24, 2019

This week, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover found a surprising result: the largest amount of methane ever measured during…
Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Wheels

June 21, 2019

In this image, taken on June 13, 2019, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install…
InSight’s Team Tries New Strategy to Help the ‘Mole’

June 6, 2019

Scientists and engineers have a new plan for getting NASA InSight’s heat probe, also known as the “mole,”…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Gets HD Eyes

June 1, 2019

One of the first operations the Mars 2020 rover will perform after touching down on the Red Planet’s…
NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Finds a Clay Cache

May 30, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover has confirmed that the region on Mars it’s exploring, called the “clay-bearing unit,” is well…
Beresheet Impact Site Spotted

May 16, 2019

The photo below shows the landing site of the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft on a region of the Moon…
Video: Fly over Mount Sharp on Mars

May 16, 2019

Ever wanted to visit Mars? A new animated video shows what it would be like to soar over…
For InSight, Dust Cleanings Will Yield New Science

May 7, 2019

The same winds that blanket Mars with dust can also blow that dust away. Catastrophic dust storms have…
Curiosity Tastes First Sample in ‘Clay-Bearing Unit’

April 12, 2019

Scientists working with NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called “the clay-bearing unit”…
Curiosity Captured Two Solar Eclipses on Mars

April 5, 2019

When NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover landed in 2012, it brought along eclipse glasses. The solar filters on its…
This image is a cropped version of the last 360-degree panorama taken by the Opportunity rover's Panoramic Camera (Pancam) from May 13 through June 10, 2018. The view is presented in false color to make some differences between materials easier to see. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU
Opportunity’s Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama

March 13, 2019

Over 29 days last spring, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken…
European Rover Challenge 2019 begins

February 27, 2019

The next edition of the international Mars rover challenge – ERC – has been announced. This year it…
After a Reset, Curiosity Is Operating Normally

February 23, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover is busy making new discoveries on Mars. The rover has been climbing Mount Sharp since 2014 and…
InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service

February 20, 2019

No matter how cold your winter has been, it’s probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself:…
Six Things to Know About NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover

February 14, 2019

After 15 years, the mission of NASA’s Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on…
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