Gale crater

NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

Curiosity landed near Mount Sharp in Gale Crater in August 2012. It reached the base of the mountain in 2014. Layers of rocks at the base of Mount Sharp accumulated as sediment within ancient lakes around 3.5 billion years ago. 

Jun 12, 2017, 13:30 PM IST
Unexpected mineral spotted on Mars: NASA

Unexpected mineral spotted on Mars: NASA

Scientists claim to have discovered tridymite -- an unexpected silica mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars that may alter our understanding of how the Red Planet evolved.

Jun 24, 2016, 15:33 PM IST
First time ever: Mars Curiosity rover explores Martian sand dunes!

First time ever: Mars Curiosity rover explores Martian sand dunes!

The image shows a close-up of the dunes' sand grains, taken by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera.

Dec 14, 2015, 19:39 PM IST
Ancient lakes at Gale Crater reveal Mars' wet paleoclimate

Ancient lakes at Gale Crater reveal Mars' wet paleoclimate

Mars Science Laboratory presents recent results of its quest to not just follow the water but to understand where it came from, and how long it lasted on the surface of Mars so long ago.

Oct 09, 2015, 13:42 PM IST

3D-printed shelter for Mars astronauts

French firm Fabulous has designed a conceptual shelter for astronauts on Mars that would be 3D-printed on the Red Planet using locally-available materials.

Sep 17, 2015, 19:25 PM IST
Curiosity rover clicks serene sunset on Mars

Curiosity rover clicks serene sunset on Mars

In what could be a perfect desktop or smartphone screensaver for millions on the Earth, NASA`s Curiosity rover has recorded a stunning view of the sunset from its location in Gale Crater on the Red Planet.

May 11, 2015, 12:10 PM IST
NASA Mars rover finds key evidence for lake at landing site

NASA Mars rover finds key evidence for lake at landing site

Billions of years ago, a lake once filled the 96-mile (154-km) wide crater being explored by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, bolstering evidence that the planet most like Earth in the solar system was suitable for microbial life, scientists said on Monday.

Dec 09, 2014, 10:48 AM IST
Curiosity rover takes new selfie on Mars

Curiosity rover takes new selfie on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has posted a new selfie taken on a sandstone outcrop in the Kimberley region of Mars.

Dec 08, 2014, 15:01 PM IST
NASA`s Mars Curiosity rover finally reaches Mount Sharp

NASA`s Mars Curiosity rover finally reaches Mount Sharp

US space scientists on Friday said that after spending a span of 25 months in the Martian desert, NASA's Curiosity rover has finally reached the base of the Martian mountain.

Sep 12, 2014, 10:22 AM IST

NASA`s Mars rover stuck in `Hidden Valley`

NASA`s Mars Rover Curiosity may have to find a new route to its destination Mount Sharp after getting stuck in sand in the “Hidden Valley”.

Aug 20, 2014, 14:59 PM IST

NASA`s Curiosity rover to drive over sand dune

NASA`s Curiosity Mars rover will likely drive westward over a sand dune and across a valley with fewer sharp rock hazards than alternative routes.

Feb 05, 2014, 11:28 AM IST

Clay mineralogy reveals new clues about Mars’ past habitability

Researchers have said that the first detailed examination of clay mineralogy in its original setting on Mars is offering new insights on the planet`s past habitability.

Dec 10, 2013, 15:42 PM IST

NASA rover finds remnants of freshwater lake on Mars

A US space agency rover tooling around on the dry surface of Mars has for the first time uncovered direct evidence of what used to be a freshwater lake, scientists said Monday.

Dec 10, 2013, 09:22 AM IST

Rover Curiosity finds `abundant` water in Martian soil

The first scoop of soil analysed by the Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the Martian surface may contain "abundant" water, Xinhua reported Thursday citing US researchers.

Sep 27, 2013, 10:00 AM IST

Mars rover Curiosity makes `pit stop` to study rocks

After driving for two months, the Mars Rover, Curiosity, has finally parked itself to study rocks under its wheels.

Sep 17, 2013, 11:47 AM IST

Dusty wind, not water, likely formed mound on Mars

A new analysis has suggested that a roughly 3.5-mile high Martian mound that scientists suspect preserves evidence of a massive lake might actually have formed as a result of the Red Planet`s famously dusty atmosphere.

May 07, 2013, 11:25 AM IST

Curiosity rover drills into Mars for 1st time

NASA`s Mars rover Curiosity has turned its drill in rock for the first time.

Feb 08, 2013, 16:19 PM IST

Mars rover `Curiosity` faces tricky landing

Scientists and engineers are anxiously waiting the descent of Mars rover `Curiosity` which is expected to land at 1:31 a.m. EDT (0531 GMT) on August 6.

Jul 31, 2012, 10:37 AM IST

Mars mountain will read like a great novel: NASA

Scientists have spent years whittling down the landing site for the rover, Curiosity, set to launch later this year and land in August 2012.

Jul 24, 2011, 18:42 PM IST