Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil

NASA has announced that Mars rover Curiosity will take its third scoop of Martian soil sometime today. While this may be the third scoop for the rover, it’s the first one that will be placed into its on-board equipment for…

Jovian Trojan Asteroids’ Secrets Uncovered by NASA’s WISE

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) may have been decommissioned last year, but the data it has provided is continuing to reveal clues about our solar system. NASA today announced that researchers using data from WISE have discovered a bit…

Mars Rover Curiosity Preparing to Analyze Martian Dirt

NASA researchers have begun preparing Mars rover Curiosity to scoop up Martian soil for testing. The rover was designed to be capable of placing soil into its analytical instruments, but these capabilities have not been tested since its arrival on…

Mars Rover Opportunity to Thoroughly Examine Matijevic Hill

While Mars rover Curiosity might be getting all the attention these days, Mars rover Opportunity is still active during it’s ninth year on Mars. Starting this week, Opportunity will spend weeks or months investigating the unique geological feature of a…

Mars Rover Sends New Photos of the Martian Landscape

The Mars rover Curiosity has already sent back some preliminary photos of its newly named Bradbury Landing site. It also recently completed its first test drive, leaving its tracks in the Martian surface for the first time. This week new…

Ray Bradbury Honored With Mars Rover Landing Site

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced yesterday that it has dubbed the landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity “Bradbury Landing” in honor of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. It was the Curiosity science team that chose to honor Bradbury, who passed…

Mars Rover Team Congratulated by President Obama

It’s been one week since the Mars Science Laboratory’s rover Curiosity was lowered to the surface of Mars. Since then, the world has been treated to high-res images of the Gale crater landing site, a color panorama of the Martian…

NASA ‘Earth Now’ iOS App Shows Earth’s Resplendent Climate Data

Morbidly curious to see a global map of carbon monoxide around the earth? Just in time to satisfy that curiosity, NASA has released a new iOS app, Earth Now, that provides visualizations of such types of global climate data. Essentially,…

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Computers Were Seized By Hackers In November

According to a federal report released on Wednesday, NASA was the target of 47 different sophisticated cyberattacks in 2011, some of which were considered “advanced persistent threats.” During one attack in November, hackers seized control of computers belonging to NASA’s…