Newly published research quantifies the presence of organic carbon in Martian rocks. Scientists using data from NASA’s Curiosity rover measured the total organic carbon – a key component in the molecules of life – in Martian rocks for the first time. “Total organic carbon is one of several measurements [or indices] that help us understand how much […]
Striking rock formations documented by the rover provide evidence of a drying climate in the Red Planet’s ancient past. For the past year, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has been traveling through a transition zone from a clay-rich region to one filled with a salty mineral called sulfate. While the science team targeted the clay-rich region […]
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its Mast Camera, or Mastcam, to take this 360-degree panorama on March 23, 2022, the 3,423th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The team has informally described the wind-sharpened rocks seen here as “gator-back” rocks because of their scaly appearance. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS To avoid patches of knife-edged rocks, the […]
NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered organic molecules such as ammonia on Mars that could be indicators life once existed on the Red Planet
The discovery was made after NASA conducted a new technique in analyzing Martian soil
The images were captured in early July by NASA rover Curiosity.
NASA has marked the Curiosity rover’s ninth anniversary on Mars by unveiling a new panoramic image of the Martian landscape, a locale that may explain why the Red Planet became dry.
When exploring alien worlds, it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking at – and a fresh analysis of rock samples taken from the Gale crater on Mars suggests this ancient grit might not be the lake sediment we thought it was.
NASA’s Curiosity rover got a good look at a weirdly textured little rock formation that’s resisting the forces of wind and erosion on the red planet.
In 2011 the Curiosity Rover was sent to Mars to collect stones from a location where a lake used to exist. It is important because the fact that there was water could indicate that at some point there was life on the desert planet.
A group of scientists may have just pinpointed the location on Mars of a mysterious source of methane, a gas most often produced by microbes — and NASA’s Curiosity rover could be right on top of it.