Rover Rounds Martian Dune to Get to the Other Side

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, partway through the first up-close study ever conducted of  extraterrestrial sand dunes, is providing dramatic views of a dune’s steep face, where cascading sand has sculpted very different textures than the wavy ripples visible on the dune’s windward slope. This Dec. 18, 2015, view of the…

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Heads Toward Active Dunes

On its way to higher layers of the mountain where it is investigating how Mars’ environment changed billions of years ago, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover will take advantage of a chance to study some modern Martian activity at mobile sand dunes. This Sept. 25, 2015, view from the Mast Camera…

Mars Panorama from Curiosity Shows Petrified Sand Dunes

Some of the dark sandstone in an area being explored by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows texture and inclined bedding structures characteristic of deposits that formed as sand dunes, then were cemented into rock. Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars’ Mount Sharp…

NASA Mars Rover Moves Onward After ‘Marias Pass’ Studies

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is driving toward the southwest after departing a region where for several weeks it investigated a geological contact zone and rocks that are unexpectedly high in silica and hydrogen content. The hydrogen indicates water bound to minerals in the ground. This low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity…

New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA’s Journey to Mars to New Generation

On the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover, NASA is unveiling two new online tools that open the mysterious terrain of the Red Planet to a new generation of explorers, inviting the public to help with its journey to Mars. A screen capture from NASA’s new…