A lunar eclipse will be visible over the Walla Walla Valley on Sunday night — but not a normal one. It will be a supermoon lunar eclipse.
From time to time the rover Curiosity uses its Mars Hand Lens Imager to take a self-portrait. These “selfies” are often taken at rock drill sites.
There is another Walla Walla valley — not here on Earth, but on the planet Mars.
Curiosity had a break from its normal workload for most of June because Mars was in solar conjunction. This means that Mars was almost exactly behind the sun as seen from Earth.
Curiosity is still working on discovering the story of Mars’ past. Hints to this story are hidden in the rocks of Mount Sharp, the Martian mountain that the rover is slowly climbing layer by layer.
JPL, we have a problem.
Curiosity, the Mars traveler, has become Curiosity, the field geologist.
News that the rover Curiosity has found methane on the surface of Mars is exciting because, on Earth, 95 percent of the methane in our atmosphere is created by microbial organisms.
One of the questions that puzzled mission scientists before Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Mars was how there could be a 3.4-mile-high mountain in the middle of an impact crater.
Data collected by the Curiosity rover are challenging our understanding of Martian geology, as members of the Geological Society of America learned last month when several presentations at their annual meeting featured analysis of these data.