The U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL) has just won a grant from NASA to pursue creating Mars rovers powered by microbes. Researchers are hoping this would tackle the problem of providing a safer and more reasonably sized fuel cell to handle the long term needs of powering a rover and sending data all the way back to Earth.
NASA's Mars rover Opporunity is headed for its final destination: the gigantic Endeavour crater, one that holds the promise of clay minerals and older geographic deposits never seen up close.
As of today, NASA is officially abandoning hope of ever making contact with the six-wheeled Spirit rover on Mars. It's a sad, quiet end for the humble 'bot, which exceeded NASA's original expectations twenty times over.
Space aficionados got really excited last year when NASA announced it was working closely with 3D pioneer James Cameron to equip its Mars rover Curiosity, with 3D cameras. Unfortunately, it looks like the Red Planet rover will be searching for space martians without the eye-popping third dimension in tow.