Driving rovers across a foreign planet is not easy. Scientists never expected the types of rocks they found on the surface of Mars, and unfortunately they're hurting Curiosity's tires.
This is How NASA Guides Curiosity Around Mars
Remember the dune buggy Apollo astronauts drove on the moon? Meet its upgraded, big brother! The Space Exploration Vehicle is getting prepped for Mars!
Meet the New Space Exploration Vehicle
With current technology, the round trip journey to Mars would take about 2 years. There are so many factors to think about including radiation, medical emergencies, and housing.
Preparing Astronauts for the Journey to Mars
Meet the man who is designing the space suits astronauts will wear on Mars! Unlike astronauts on the ISS, Mars astronauts will not be able to quickly communicate with scientists on Earth in case of an emergency.
Mars Space Suit Designs
Just a few months into it’s mission, Curiosity spots ground that may have once been part of a lake. The Curiosity team risked it all to drill out a section of the ground here.
Finding Clay on Mars
Before sending Curiosity to Mars, a replica must be tested on Earth. Scientists make sure this mega machine can handle the tough terrain and gravity on the red planet.
Testing Curiosity on Earth
Analyzing sand on Mars is even harder when a substance like perchlorate is present. When Curiosity’s SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) investigates sand, it uses heat -- which triggers perchlorate’s explosive tendencies.
A Substance in Mars’ Sand is Explosive
Mars is a thousand times farther away than the moon from Earth, but Elon Musk believes his team can get people there.
Behind the Scenes at SpaceX
An entrepreneur wants to send people to Mars by 2027. The catch? It's a one way trip. These people will create the first colonies on the red planet.
Would You Take the One Way Trip to Mars?
Mars may have had a core similar to Earth’s. The power it once generated created a magnetic field that protected the red planet’s water.
What Happened to Mars’ Water?
For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth.
What Causes Quakes on Mars?