Scientists in the Field

Did You Know…

That January 24, 2016 marked the 12 year anniversary of NASA rover Opportunity’s landing on Mars? Often called “the Indiana Jones of Mars,” Opportunity was initially expected to survive for merely three Earthen months on the Martian planet! Wonder what … Read more

The Latest on Mars

Last week, NASA confirmed evidence of flowing water on the red planet, though it is unclear as to whether its existence can support actual life on Mars. There is still much to be learned and discovered! For more in-depth information … Read more

A Cosmic Lineup

There’s been so much exciting information about Pluto coming in from the New Horizons flyby, but what about the planets a little closer to home? On Friday, August 7th, stars Pollux and Castor of the Gemini constellation will line up with Mars, … Read more

Opportunity reaches TEN YEARS on Mars!

Ten years ago today (January 24, 2004), the rover Opportunity landed on Mars with a three-month mission to find signs of past water on the red planet.  A three-month mission that has lasted TEN years — what an incredible, amazing, … Read more

No Methane! No Life? Not Necessarily . . .

By now you many have heard that the Curiosity rover has detected no traces of methane on Mars. Methane is of great interest to scientists (and us all!) because methane could be sign that there is has recently been microbial … Read more

Mars Missions Face Challenges From Government Shutdown

You might be wondering how the government shut down has affected our robotic champs Curiosity and Opportunity (one of whom is a featured rover in The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity).  The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, … Read more

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