| Oct 19, 2014
| 8:48 PM
Comet Siding Spring sailed past Mars on Sunday, coming 10 times closer to the Red Planet than any comet on record has come to Earth.
At the time of the comet's closest approach at 11:27 a.m., it was just 87,000 miles from Mars. That's less than half the...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:00 AM
On Sunday, a comet the size of a mountain will brush past Mars, passing just 87,000 miles away from the red planet.
That's about one-third the distance between the Earth and the moon, and scientists say it is likely closer than any comet has gotten to...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 4:04 PM
NASA’s MAVEN mission has sent back its first look at a solar storm that hit the Martian atmosphere last month, delivering detailed images of the halos of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon surrounding the Red Planet and even mapping the ozone lying beneath...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A speeding comet the size of a mountain will come within 87,000 miles of Mars on Oct. 19, and NASA is planning to observe it with just about everything the agency's got.
In a press conference Thursday, officials described how they will use more than a...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Face it. You're never going to Mars. But you can send your name. On a thumbnail-sized microchip. Along with more than a million other names.
No, it's not the same, but it's a way of staking a claim to a teeny, tiny place in space history.
| Sep 30, 2014
| 9:48 PM
After two years of roving the Martian surface, NASA’s rover Curiosity has finally drilled its ultimate target: Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mountain in the middle of Gale Crater. The robotic explorer is set to get a taste of Martian rock Tuesday night...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Quick work! Just eight hours after entering Martian orbit Sunday, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft sent data back to Earth that scientists quickly translated into the mission’s first images. Rendered in primary colors, the ultraviolet snapshots show...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 11:19 AM
A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.
After traveling 442 million miles from Earth, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:29 PM
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere — and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 8:18 PM
A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet's lost water.
After traveling 442 million miles, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution,...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 3:42 PM
MAVEN has arrived! After a 10-month journey through space, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft finally entered Martian orbit Sunday night. The satellite slipped into a 35-hour elliptical orbit without a hitch, which the scientists will...