Methane on Mars
NASA announces that its "Curiosity" rover has detected the largest ever measurement of methane on Mars.
Sources: BBC News
Sources: BBC News
NASA's "Perseverance" rover successfully synthesizes breathable oxygen while on the surface of Mars. This demonstrates the feasibility of locally producing oxygen for human life support and propellant production.
The mission of NASA's "Opportunity" rover on Mars comes to an end. The rover stopped communicating in June 2018 after a Martian dust storm, and attempts to reestablish communications have not been successful.
NASA announces the discovery of preserved organic matter in an ancient lake bed on Mars by its Curiosity rover. It has not been determined if the matter was potentially related to past life on Mars or not.
NASA announces it has completed its first full-power test of the Kilopower nuclear reactor for space. NASA intends to use the technology to power exploration missions to the Moon and Mars.
NASA's Mars "Curiosity" rover reaches its final destination Aeolis Mons, a mountain that rises 5.5 km at the center of Gale Crater.
NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins its mission to its destination and drives to Mount Sharp.
NASA holds a media conference to announce new discoveries about Mars made by the Curiosity rover. It was found that the planet could have once supported life.
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds calcium deposits on Mars similar to those seen on Earth when water circulates in cracks and rock fractures.
NASA announces new plans to launch another Curiosity-like robotic science rover to Mars in 2020.
NASA and Cornell University have given up attempting to move the "Spirit" rover, currently stuck in sand near Home Plate, Gusev crater on the planet Mars, and are converting it into a stationary outpost. Its twin rover, "Opportunity", remains mobile on Mars.