Science & Astronomy
8. August 2013

One year ago, shortly after the landing of the Curiosity Rover, I had put together a collection of useful links about the Mars missions, which I still frequently use. The reason for the list was to provide all the information without having to write constantly about the Mars missions myself, something which others are doing in a much better way. I’ve occasionally written articles about NASA and the Mars missions since then, but even one year later all these links are still valid and absolutely essential if you want to keep up with what’s going on on Mars.

NASA Websites – The official sources
Mars Science Laboratory @ JPL – The most important, always up-to-date site
Mars Science Laboratory Raw Images – Everything the rover cameras deliver
Mars Science Laboratory @ NASA – NASAs Curiosity website with sometimes different content
NASA Main Page – Not only Mars news, but still a great resource
NASA Television – Live stream of the current program
NASA Television @ Youtube – NTV’s video archive

Other Websites – The inofficial ones often do it much better
Universe Today – Simply the best resource not only for Mars, but all things space
Universe Today @ Youtube – All the videos from UT including the hangouts
Bad Astronomy – Phil Plait’s Blog is an ideal addition to UT
Planetary Society Blog – Emily Lakdawalla’s detailed reporting
Curiosity Raw Images Browser – Better overview of the raw images including an RSS-Feed
Mars Ogler – Another browser for the raw images
Martian Vistas – Wonderfully edited images from all Mars rovers
HiRISE Image Catalog – High resolution images from orbit (also with an RSS-Feed)

Twitter Streams – Because it’s often much faster
Curiosity-Rover – NASA’s official account of the rover
Mars Rovers – Joint account of all the rovers
Universe Today – Not only announcements from the website
Pamela L. Gay – Astronomer, educator, co-host of Astronomy Cast & CosmoQuest boss
Nicole Gugliucci – Radio astronomer, educator & CosmoQuest post-doc
Emily Lakdawalla – Planetary Society space evangelist
Neil deGrasse Tyson – Astrophysicist  and generally amazing and clever person
Brian Cox – Some prof from Manchester, actually busy at the moment with other things

Updates:
27.09.12 » Added HiRISE and Curiosity Raw Images Browser
03.10.12 » Added Mars Ogler
08.08.13 » English version posted, slightly updated & improved

Write a Comment