It's Been A Full Decade Since We Landed The Spirit Rover On Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA’s Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionise our understanding of the Red Planet.

Monster Machines: NASA's Student-Designed Arctic Explorer Survives Its First Tundra Test

After a five-month expedition to the wilds of Greenland, the GROVER (Greenland Rover and/or Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research) has returned, intact and toting some valuable climate data. Not bad for an ROV developed by engineering students.

10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began A 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA’s Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly 10 years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong.

Blow Through Nine Months Of Mars Roving Photos In Just One MInute

Since it touched down in August, Curiosity has been taking heaps of pictures. We’ve already seen some of the best shots, but there are hundreds more where that came from.

Monster Machines: NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle

After spending all that time, money and effort delivering a crew of astronauts millions of miles through space to some distant celestial body, do we really expect them to trundle around like a pack of schmucks once they get there? Not a chance. That’s why NASA’s next explorers will roll deep in the Space Exploration Vehicle.

Monster Machines: NASA's Student-Designed Explorer Launches Today

Whether you think it’s our fault or not, the simple fact of the matter is that the Earth is heating up — so much so that last summer’s heat caused surface melting along an unprecedented 97 per cent of the Greenland ice sheet. Now, researchers are turning to an ever-ready solar rover to survey the damage.

Street View Hits Mars With This 4-Gigapixel Panoramic

There’s been no shortage of Mars pictures since Curiosity landed. We’ve got Martian mountains, rover selfies, the works. But thanks to a little image stitching by a clever dude back here on Earth, now we have Mars Street View, kind of.

Monster Machines: Battery-Powered Yeti Guides Antarctic Explorers

Moving people and supplies across the Great White South is treacherous, difficult and expensive, with logistical costs constituting as much as 90 per cent of an expedition’s budget — about $US125,000 a trip on average. And that’s assuming the convoy isn’t swallowed by an ice crevasse en route. This new radar-equipped rover could help the National Science Foundation save lives and millions of dollars a year on such expeditions.

A Fantastical Look At Fixing The Curiosity Rover

After spending roughly $US2.5 billion to build the Curiosity rover and deliver it to Mars, there’s no way NASA would let something as trivial as a mechanical breakdown or software glitch stop its journey — not when we could just send up a repair-bot to fix it.

Don't Freak Out, But Mars Rover Curiosity Is Having Its First Big Problem

Considering what it’s involved, Mars Rover Curiosity’s mission has been going really well. Staggeringly well. But that couldn’t last forever. The rover has hit its first real road bump with a gnarly computer failure that’s going to delay all the science-ing for at least a week.