This Is What Happens When You Drive Through Three Miles Of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over a year now, and in the time has traversed nearly three miles. While its wheels are made of high-grade aluminum, they're not strong enough to last forever. NASA announced this week it was taking an extra-long look at the wheels, and boy are they in rough shape. » 12/22/13 11:18am 12/22/13 11:18am

These NASA Video Games Are Pretty Damn Good

If there was the fun, cool uncle of government agencies, NASA would have to be it. Not only does he have an amazing job (landing robots on Mars), but Uncle Nasa also gives us cool gifts. Not like stupid Uncle Department of Agriculture, who's always trying to pawn off corn husk dolls and garden trowels. Uncle Nasa… » 8/07/12 2:45pm 8/07/12 2:45pm

Live From NASA: Blogging The Curiosity Mars Rover Landing

We're hours away from humanity's most advanced robot explorer ever landing on another planet. Curiosity, the car-sized, six-wheeled mobile laboratory, will very soon slam into the Martian atmosphere, then be placed on the surface of the planet in a way never before tried. This rover has the potential to change… » 8/05/12 8:23pm 8/05/12 8:23pm

Talk To The Man Who Drives The $2.6 Billion-Dollar Mars Curiosity Rover

Matt Heverly has one of the coolest jobs in the Solar System: he drives rovers. On Mars. He drove NASA's Opportunity rover for four years and now he's getting ready for the biggest mission in the history of NASA's planetary exploration—driving the $2.6-billion car-sized Curiosity rover after it lands this Sunday (I… » 8/02/12 2:30pm 8/02/12 2:30pm

The Crazy Design of NASA's New Mars Rover

Nasa is getting ready to throw a Mini Cooper-sized mobile science lab up into space. Curiosity, as the rover is affectionately called, is headed toward Mars with a payload of lasers and mass spectrometers and multi-million dollar robotic drills—basically all the stuff needed to prove fourth planet conditions are… » 4/15/11 11:00am 4/15/11 11:00am