Although Curiosity is not designed to verify life, we are left to wonder -- if Curiosity did discover life on Mars, what would be the impact of that discovery to the general public and to the future of human and robotic exploration of Mars?
We are dealing with the beginnings of what could end up being life, or pre-life, or at least simple organics on Mars. Whether the agency will step up to the plate and properly seize this priceless moment is an open question.
News item: NASA scientists monitoring the Mars rover Curiosity hint at big news. Oh, great. But they can't tell us what it is?
The audacity and ingenuity we've applied to the red planet can and should be applied to the blue one.
Jake Matijevic, a mathematician-turned-rover-engineer who played an important role in the design of the Mars Science Laboratory, now appears in Wikipedia as "Jake Matijevic (rock). Who was Jake and what's so important about this rock that he would be honored in this way?
While landing on Mars is not a routine event, there have been many other exemplary federal moments this summer, with agencies and civil servants performing at a high level.
Sir Isaac Newton said, "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." There is no disputing physics -- it is a scienc...
Yesterday, the Rover beamed back the first human voice from another planet, which was a prerecorded message from NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. Wake me up when we send humans.
Humanity is tantalizing close to finding out whether Mars was ever an abode for life. Let us continue to be bold in our endeavors.
I had a boyfriend in college who told me, "I thought you must be kind of a ditz because you were laughing all the time." Right. I'm laughing because otherwise I wouldn't step out of my house.
Finding life on Mars would be an amazing discovery, one that I truly hope we realize -- not to alleviate the mundane trappings of our existence, but more so to bring their lessons into sharper focus.
Spacecrafts from the U.S. have photographed strange formations on Mars that look like ancient ruins of buildings. NASA has spent many years debunking the images, but after looking at them, you must decide for yourself if these structures are natural or made artificially.
Curiosity has inspired many, me included, to consider the potential of humankind. But our limitations bring me down. If Mars sent a rover to Earth, it would be called Stupidity.
There's a lot for this SUV-sized rover to do on the big red planet as it goes forth into the unknown. Congrats, NASA! Here are some silly ideas of what Curiosity could find. What will Curiosity discover?
I don't know about you, but just imagining a blissful, unhurried space station where all of our elderly citizens can stroll, golf or go to the opera fills me with warmth and pride of country.
NASA scientists are still trying to determine by exactly how much Martian super PACs pre-date those on Earth and whether or not their contributions to political speech have been helpful or hurtful.