November 18, 2013 The robot orbiter will take 10 months to reach the red planet, where scientists hope it will solve an enduring mystery about radical climate change in Mars' distant past.
November 5, 2013 India launched its first-ever probe to the red planet on Tuesday at a cost of one-tenth what NASA is expected to pay for its latest Mars mission.
October 31, 2013 India plans to launch a satellite to Mars in November. The mission is budgeted at less than $80 million — a real bargain when it comes to space exploration. The mission fills many Indians with pride, but there's still a debate on whether this is a good investment for a poor country.
October 14, 2013 The budget negotiations in Washington are not front-page news on Mars. There, NASA's rovers continue to operate, taking photographs and collecting data as they prepare for the coming Martian winter.
September 19, 2013 In a paper released in the journal Science, researchers explain that if the Red Planet is harboring life, the instruments on the rover have been unable to sniff it out.
May 2, 2013 NASA is looking for three haiku to include on a DVD that will travel to Mars aboard a spacecraft this fall. And everyone who submits a poem will have their name included.
April 14, 2013 Communications between the Earth and Mars are going on a month-long hiatus, thanks to interference from the sun. That means NASA's spacecraft on Mars will be on their own until NASA's radio signals can reach them again.
April 9, 2013 Did the seeds of life on Earth begin on Mars? Are we part of Earth's first alien invasion? Adam Frank says we may be looking at a future full of discoveries in our own solar system that could reset our understanding of life and its origin.
March 26, 2013 The wilderness is not just a thing, it's a need. It's an idea that has grown up with humans and it will follow us from this planet to the next, and beyond. Commentator Adam Frank plots our future course.
September 27, 2012 NASA's Curiosity rover has found definitive proof that water once ran across the surface of Mars, the agency announced today. NASA scientists say that new photos from the rover show rocks that were smoothed and rounded by water. The rocks are in a large canyon and nearby channels that were cut by flowing water, making up an alluvial fan.
August 20, 2012 And as Curiosity begins to test its high-powered beam, @SarcasticRover is "reporting" what's up on Twitter: "You laser one stupid rock in the face and suddenly people say you have anger issues. Like the rock wasn't asking for it!"
August 15, 2012 NASA's Curiosity rover will soon begin to search for signs of life, past or present, on the red planet. But can we make sense of life in strange places? And if we don't find it, what will it mean to us?
August 7, 2012 The Curiosity rover on Mars shows that, perhaps, we are ready to solve our problems. It shows us that we can face impossible challenges and find real, lasting solutions.