Memory-Addled Mars Rover Climbs High Above The Red Planet’s Plain

As the Opportunity rover struggles with ongoing problems to its Flash memory, the plucky Martian machine — almost at its 11th anniversary of operations on the Red Planet — has reached the summit of a crater rim, providing spectacular views of the area below. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is readying a fix to the rover’s […]

How NASA Is Saving Fuel On Its Outer Solar System Missions

While Saturn is far away from us, scientists have just found a way to make the journey there easier. A new technique pinpointed the position of the ringed gas giant to within just two miles (four kilometers). It’s an impressive technological feat that will improve spacecraft navigation and also help us better understand the orbits […]

NASA Exoplanet “Travel Posters” Aim To Help With Space Trip Planning

What beauty, and what awesome travel slogans! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a set of “Exoplanet Travel Posters” to bring you — at least in your imagination — to actual exoplanets. Whether you have a fancy for skydiving, or doing astronomy with two Suns, it appears there is a spot to whet your imagination. […]

Robots Exploring Alien Volcanoes? NASA Lab Hopes To Get There One Day

We’ve seen volcanoes or geysers erupting on the moons of Io and Enceladus. Volcanic remnants remain on Mars and the Moon. But it’s tough for rovers to get inside these challenging environments. So NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is trying out a new robot here on Earth to one day, they hope, get inside volcanoes elsewhere […]

Robots Exploring Alien Volcanoes? NASA Lab Hopes To Get There One Day

We’ve seen volcanoes or geysers erupting on the moons of Io and Enceladus. Volcanic remnants remain on Mars and the Moon. But it’s tough for rovers to get inside these challenging environments. So NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is trying out a new robot here on Earth to one day, they hope, get inside volcanoes elsewhere […]