Nasa to send new rover to Mars in 2020

An artist's rendering of the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. Photo: AP/Nasa

Nasa plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020 as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet, the US space agency said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Curiosity convicts the customs clerk

A former customs clerk has been convicted of conducting unauthorised searches on a database that a government unit maintains to keep track of suspicious financial transactions.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:25am

Curiosity discovers soil on Mars is like sand in Hawaii

Images released by Nasa show the Curiosity rover taking a scoop of dirt from the surface of Mars. The rover uses an X-ray imager to analyse the atomic structure of crystals discovered in the soil. Photo: AP

In the first inventory of minerals on another planet, Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity found soil that bears a striking resemblance to weathered, volcanic sand in Hawaii, scientists said.

The rover employs an X-ray imager to reveal the atomic structures of crystals in the Martian soil, the first time the technology has been used to analyse soil beyond earth.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Curiosity's stream discovery raises hopes of finding life on Mars

An image taken by the Curiosity rover of a Mars outcrop that was once the bed of a Martian stream. Photo: AFP

Nasa's Mars rover, Curiosity, has discovered gravel carried by an ancient stream that once "ran vigorously" on the red planet.

The news bodes well for the mission to investigate whether Mars could sustain life, or if life ever existed there.

29 Sep 2012 - 4:16am

Eclipse season on Mars, so Curiosity took photos

Mars' moon Phobos passes in front of the sun, in a snapshot taken by the Curiosity rover. Photo: Nasa

On Mars, a partial eclipse of the sun isn’t quite as rare as on earth. So Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover is snapping hundreds of pictures of the spectacle for the folks back home to ooh and aah over.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Contamination fears over Nasa's rover machine on the surface of Mars

A self-portrait of part of the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, obtained through a camera located on its arm. Photo: AFP

For all the hopes Nasa has pinned on the rover it landed on Mars last month, one wish is unspoken: please don't find water.

11 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

All systems go for Curiosity rover on Mars

Alok Jha

After two weeks of checking instruments, testing software and practising its rock-zapping skills, Curiosity the Mars rover is now taking its first baby steps across the surface of the red planet.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:51am

Stop boring our children at school

When the great Canadian short story writer Alice Munro was asked what makes her happy, she gave this simple reply: "It's being interested." By this definition, many of our students, bored silly in school, are an unhappy lot.

18 Aug 2012 - 2:37am

World now at kid's fingertips

WHEN I look at what technology is beginning to offer children, I wish I were a kid again.

Children start out with lots of talent and curiosity. They are built to explore the world and figure out how they fit into it. They devote amazing energy to things that interest them. Some kids can recite dozens of crazy dinosaur names, for example.

14 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Natural and healthy curiosity

A LETTER by Priscilla Yip (South China Morning Post, July 6) objecting to public displays of affection by teenagers stated the obvious when she said that teenagers kissing and cuddling in public show that they are merely curious about the opposite sex.

10 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Children now over-protected

I APPLAUD the Education Department's decision to set up a committee to look into the matter of teenage suicides.

Most young people today, seem to be living in a ''greenhouse'' environment.

They seldom encounter any obstacles in life, because they are protected by their parents, the so-called baby boomers who faced adversity when they were young.

12 Feb 1993 - 12:00am