Most distant images ever made

Most distant images ever made

For a short time, this New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) frame of the ‘Wishing Well’ star cluster, taken December 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever made by a spacecraft, breaking a 27-year record set by Voyager 1. About two hours later, New...
Mars rock is going home

Mars rock is going home

Rohit Bhartia of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover while it’s still on Earth; the other slice will...
Mars rover looks closely at rocks

Mars rover looks closely at rocks

Star-shaped and swallowtail-shaped tiny, dark bumps in fine-layered bright bedrock of a Martian ridge are drawing close inspection by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. This set of shapes looks familiar to geologists who have studied gypsum crystals formed in drying lakes...