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Mars Used to Have Water, But We Can't Explain How

Kaushik Mitra • May 07, 2019 • 7

Although we have acquired compelling evidence of flowing liquid water on early Mars, the fundamental question about how water could be stable under Martian atmospheric conditions remains unsolved.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: The Final Report

A.J.S. Rayl • April 26, 2019 • 6

It’s a fall afternoon at Endeavour Crater. The summer winds finally lost their energy and the dust storm season is over. But there are no more signals coming from Earth. No more comm sessions with the orbiters. Nothing like it used to be.

Curiosity Update, Sols 2313-2387: Two New Drill Holes Despite Memory Problems

Emily Lakdawalla • April 25, 2019

The Curiosity team is touring Glen Torridon, the Valley of Clay, south of Vera Rubin Ridge, happily photographing everything and zapping rocks. It’s clearly a delight for the team to be in a place they’ve been hoping to reach for 7 years.

InSight Detects Some Very Small Marsquakes

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2019

InSight has finally detected its first Marsquakes, but so far, none have been large enough to produce good science. Still, it’s great news that the seismometer is producing sensible data.

HiRISE Team Overcomes Imaging Glitches as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Eyes another Decade in Orbit

Alfred McEwen • April 23, 2019 • 1

Blurred images and battery issues are no longer an immediate problem.

InSight Update, Sol 92: The Mole Did Hit a Rock

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2019 • 1

The HP3 mole started hammering itself today, and almost immediately (after just 5 minutes) appears to have encountered a rock. No matter; they'll try again Saturday.

Practicing Mars 2020 rover operations, on Earth

Jeffrey R. Johnson • February 25, 2019 • 1

Jeff Johnson files a report from ROASTT, the Rover Operations Activities for Science Team Training.

InSight update, sols 43-83: Instrument placement complete

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2019 • 3

InSight has placed its second science instrument on the ground and set it free. Now it's time to bury the heat probe in the soil.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: NASA Declares Opportunity and MER Mission “Complete”

A.J.S. Rayl • February 14, 2019 • 4

At around 8 pm February 12, 2019, Pacific Standard Time (PST), the final commands were transmitted to Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover that defied all odds.

Touchdown for InSight's Heat Probe

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2019 • 2

InSight has gone two for two, placing the second of its instruments gently on the Martian ground.

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