The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
NASA and Google announce an update to Mars in Google Earth, a 3D Mapping tool for the Red Planet.
Join us for a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to see engineers and technicians as they work on the Mars Science Laboratory, which is scheduled to launch in 2011.
A new study of crater images from NASA Mars Odyssey and other orbiters adds to evidence that water has likely played various roles in shaping the Martian landscape.
NASA is funding work on an instrument that could check for biologically produced chemicals on Mars. The device may hitch a ride on Europe's 2013 ExoMars Rover mission.
A radar instrument co-sponsored by NASA on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has looked beneath the surface of Mars and opened up a new dimension for planetary exploration.
It's a good thing there's no speed limit on Mars, because the next parachute to fly to the red planet will deploy faster than you can legally drive on a California freeway!
Mars scientist Diana Blaney studies the Red Planet from Hawaii.
NASA-funded researchers are refining a tool that could not only check for the faintest traces of life's molecular building blocks on Mars, but could also determine whether they have been produced by anything alive.
NASA's durable Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is the first robot to travel 10 kilometers on Mars. It reached that total (6.2 miles) during a drive on Feb. 6, seen above.
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will carry a DVD with names of people from around the world. About 200,000 names have been enrolled so far, and the deadline to get your name on board is Feb. 12. Phoenix will launch in August 2007 and reach Mars in May 2008.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun the final and fastest-paced portion of its "aerobraking" process of using friction with the top of Mars' atmosphere to shrink the spacecraft's orbit.
Aerocapture technology offers speed and fuel efficiency for space exploration.
Read about the expedition as it progresses with these 'Notes from the Field'
Tracy Drain ticks off the complex chain of mission planning and software programming required for NASA's latest Mars orbiter to reach its destination.
The spacecraft team that has been working furiously during the orbiter’s cruise is now preparing for a big moment at Mars: the mission-critical Mars orbit insertion.
After reaching the top of "Husband Hill," NASA's Mars rover finds that sizing up the terrain depends on the point of view.
As Opportunity opened her robotic eyes for the first time, it was clear Meridiani Planum was unlike any place NASA ever visited before.
Look for Mars in the night sky on December 12, 2005, and wish Opportunity a Happy One Martian Year Anniversary!
NASA's robotic explorers are showing us Mars is much more than just the "red planet."