exploration of mars

  • There’s Trouble on Mars for NASA’s Perseverance Rover

    There’s Trouble on Mars for NASA’s Perseverance Rover

    The Perseverance rover is at risk of losing its ability to zap Martian rocks with lasers after one of its instruments began malfunctioning last month. One of two covers on SHERLOC, an instrument fitted on the end of the robot’s arm to look for microscopic clues on rocks, is partially open, interfering with the rover’s…


  • Detailed Mars Water Map Shows Where to Land Future Explorers

    Detailed Mars Water Map Shows Where to Land Future Explorers

    A new map of subsurface water on Mars just dropped, and it reveals regions on the Red Planet where ice may be buried beneath the surface for future astronauts to use. This week, the NASA-funded Subsurface Water Ice Mapping project (SWIM) released its fourth set of maps, which the space agency is calling the “most…