An image taken by the Curiosity Rover MastCam instrument shows layered sedimentary rocks composing Mount Sharp. The rover has been driving from the floor of Gale crater up through the rocks within these hills in order to understand how the rocks change from lower in the section (older) to higher […]

Credit: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO This image was taken on March 22, 2021, in the Lunae Planum region [16.74°N, 300.9°E] of Mars by the CaSSIS camera on the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). This region is known to be covered by large lava deposits probably from the nearby Tharsis Montes […]

Artist’s impression of the internal structure of Mars. Credit: © IPGP / David Ducros The first direct seismic observations from NASA’s InSight lander, presented in three studies in this issue, provide clues to the composition of Mars. Researchers across these studies report preliminary findings from the Insight mission and begin to map […]

ILLUSTRATION: NICOLAS SARTER/IPGP InSight and Perseverance have sent back unprecedented data on everything from marsquakes to the Red Planet’s inner layers. WHILE HUMANS HAVE been struggling to control the Covid-19 pandemic, baking in record heat, and trying to figure out how not to run out of water, our spacecraft on Mars have been enjoying a […]

A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity rover taken on Sol 2082 (June 15, 2018). A Martian dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover’s location in Gale Crater. Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new paper enriches scientists’ understanding of where the rock record preserved or destroyed evidence of Mars’ […]

The bright white region of this image shows the icy cap that covers Mars’ south pole, composed of frozen water and frozen carbon dioxide. ESA’s Mars Express imaged this area of Mars on December 17, 2012, in infrared, green, and blue light, using its High Resolution Stereo Camera. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU […]

Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z imaging system captured this 360-degree panorama at “Van Zyl Overlook,” where the rover parked during Ingenuity helicopter’s first flights. The full 2.4-billion-pixel panorama consists of 992 images stitched together. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS The six-wheeled scientist is heading south to explore Jezero Crater’s lakebed in search of signs of ancient […]

When NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in the Jezero crater on February 18th, 2021, it brought with it an interesting little companion that’s been causing quite a stir of late! We are talking, of course, about the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, an experimental flight system designed to demonstrate if aerial systems can work on Mars. Since […]