Mars NASA Videos

Arm Movement for Taking a Self-Portrait
This animation shows how the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was positioned for taking multiple images that were later combined into a self-portrait of the rover. The animation was made using software that rover planners use to design Curiosity's movements.

Curiosity Drills on Mars
NASA's Curiosity drills for first sample from inside a rock on Mars.

Curiosity Collects First Rock Sample
Curiosity rover obtains the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet.

Curiosity Finds Calcium-Rich Deposits
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds calcium deposits on Mars similar to those seen on Earth when water circulates in cracks and rock fractures.

Curiosity Rover Gives Mars the Brush-Off
NASA's Curiosity rover dusts off a rock on Mars for the first time.

Curiosity Rover Hits Paydirt
Curiosity's analyzed rock sample proves ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

Curiosity Shakes, Bakes, and Tastes Mars with SAM
NASA's Curiosity rover analyzed its first solid sample of Mars with a variety of instruments, including the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite. Developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., SAM is a portable chemistry lab tucked inside the Curiosity rover. SAM examines the chemistry of samples it ingests, checking particularly for chemistry relevant to whether an environment can support or could have supported life. Learn more about how SAM processes a sample by watching this video!

Curiosity, The Stunt Double
Mars Science Lab mission's Curiosity rover is playing the role of stunt double for NASA astronauts, as it monitors radiation levels on its journey to Mars. Curiosity is equipped with a Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) which was turned on shortly after launch and is experiencing deep-space radiation storms in the same way that a real astronaut would.

Curiosity's Martian Holiday
Curiosity will spend the holidays at a location on Mars dubbed 'Grandma's House.'

Curiosity's Robotic Arm
This engineering drawing shows the location of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm's turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. The arm places and holds turret-mounted tools on rock and soil targets. It also manipulates the sample-processing mechanisms on the 66-pound (30-kilogram) turret. The arm has five degrees of freedom of movement provided by rotary actuators known as the shoulder azimuth joint, shoulder elevation joint, elbow joint, wrist joint and turret joint.

Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror
Team members share the challenges of Curiosity's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

Drilling into Mars
This animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection. The drilling and sample transfer took place on Feb. 8 and 20, 2013, or sols 182 and 193, Curiosity's 182nd and 193rd Martian days of operations.

Dropping in on Mars in High-Res
This movie from NASA's Curiosity rover shows most of the high-resolution frames acquired by the Mars Descent Imager between the jettison of the heat shield and touchdown. The video, obtained on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), covers the last two-and-a-half minutes before touchdown in Gale Crater.

First CheMin Results
NASA's Curiosity rover gets its first taste of Mars and finds minerals: plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene and olivine.

First Rock Contact by Curiosity's Arm
This engineering animation depicts the moves that NASA's rover Curiosity made on Sept. 22, 2012, when the rover touched a Martian rock with its robotic arm for the first time. Curiosity examined the rock with instruments on the arm. This animation was made with the software that engineers used for planning the maneuver: Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program.

Flex, Zap, Roll
Curiosity performs a series of firsts this week -- flexing its arm, laser-zapping a rock and rolling on its wheels.

From Mars Curiosity to Times Square - Happy New Year
New Year's Eve revelers watching giant screens in New York's Times Square saw a special Happy New Year greeting from Mars, currently 206 million miles away.

Getting a Rover Ready for Launch
Engineers put the rover through thousands of hours of testing. They did drop tests; pull tests; drive tests; load tests, and many other tests to get Curiosity ready for launch. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Here's the Scoop
Curiosity shakes up a scoopful of dirt, dusts off the sampling system and investigates a shiny object on the surface of Mars.October 12th, 2012

How Do Rovers Drive on Mars?
The 'keys' to NASA's Mars rovers are in the capable hands of the official rover drivers. Learn how they operate the vehicles from millions of miles away in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Landing Practice
Mars Science Laboratory engineers have a dress rehearsal for Curiosity's landing day on the Red Planet.

Living on Mars Time
NASA Curiosity flight director David Oh updates us on the rover and his family’s experience on Mars time.

Mars Rover Power
Curiosity is the biggest robot explorer ever to rove Mars. How do you power something like that?

Mars Soil Sample Delivered
NASA's Curiosity rover delivers its first soil sample to its chemistry and mineralogy instrument.

Mars Streambed
Curiosity science team member Sanjeev Gupta explains how rounded pebbles spotted by the rover are convincing evidence of an ancient streambed on Mars.

Martian Dune Buggy
NASA engineers take the Curiosity test rover to California's Mojave desert to learn how to drive on Martian sand dunes.

Mars’ Bygone Atmosphere
NASA’s Curiosity finds that the Red Planet doesn’t have the same atmosphere it used to.

Messages from Mars
Curiosity sends home special messages before heading onto the Martian plain towards her first target.

NASA Lands Car-sized Rover on Martian Surface
NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.

One Martian Moon Passes Another
This video depicts NASA's Curiosity rover observing Mars' two moons, then shows one moon passing in front of the other.

River Fans on Earth and Mars
Curiosity science team member William Dietrich explores the relationship between river fans found in California’s Death Valley on Earth and similar fans in Gale Crater on Mars.

Rover Gets Set to Scoop
NASA scientists and engineers prepare Mars Curiosity rover for its first scoop of soil for analysis.The rover's ability to put soil samples into analytical instruments is central to assessing whether its present location on Mars, called Gale Crater, ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

Rover Readies for Second Drilling
Curiosity prepares for a second drilling and a tutorial on the complicated choreography to get the drill sample to her instruments.

Rover Results at Rocknest
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team wraps up its scientific study at Rocknest.

SAM Sniffs the Martian Atmosphere
NASA's Curiosity rover uses SAM to make the most sensitive measurements ever to search for methane gas on the red planet.

Spring Break Over- Commanding Resumes
Curiosity gets new software and new capabilities for the long trek to Mt. Sharp.

Stopping and Stretching
NASA's Curiosity rover takes a short breather on her trek to Glenelg to check out her arm instruments.

The Cruise to Mars
The long journey to Mars through the harsh environment of space confronts the Curiosity navigation team with a long list of challenges to get the spacecraft safely to its destination.

Transporting a Mars Rover
Transporting the Curiosity rover from its birthplace in Pasadena, California to Cape Canaveral, Florida, took countless hours and careful planning and preparation. The precious rover was placed onto a flatbed truck using a forklift; was driven down the highway for several miles and flown on a military transport plane for its cross country trip. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Tribute to Jake
NASA's Curiosity heads to rock target 'Jake,' named in honor of Mars Science Laboratory engineer Jacob Matijevic.

What is SAM
Tucked inside the Curiosity rover is a miniature chemistry lab designed to unlock the secrets of Mars. Principal Investigator Paul Mahaffy, Deputy Principal Investigator Pamela Conrad, and MSL Participating Scientist Jennifer Eigenbrode discuss their work on SAM, the Sample Analysis at Mars, and its mission to the figure out the past and present chemistry of the Red Planet.

Why is Curiosity Looking for Organics
What are organic molecules, and what can they tell us about the history of Mars? Learn more in this 60-second video.

Wind and Radiation on Mars
Curiosity monitors radiation and spots elusive whirlwinds on Mars.

Working with Curiosity's ChemCam Laser
Curiosity uses its ChemCam laser to explore a tiny cluster of rocks nicknamed 'Stonehenge.'

Digging Deep with NASA's Next Mars Lander
Mission team members for InSight, the new Mars lander mission selected by NASA to launch in 2016, explain how the spacecraft will advance our knowledge of Mars' history and rocky planet evolution.

How Did Mars Lose Its Atmosphere
Though it doesn't look like a nice place to live now, Mars may have had an atmosphere more like ours on Earth! But how did it lose it? One way a planet can lose its atmosphere is through a process called 'sputtering.' In this process, atoms are knocked away from the atmosphere due to impacts from energetic particles. Learn more in this video!

Mars - Dry Ice and Dunes
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the springtime thaw of seasonal carbon dioxide ice on Mars.

Mars’ Whirling Dust Devil
Animation of a skinny 'dust devil' on the dust-covered Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars.

MAVEN- Exploring the Upper Atmosphere of Mars
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), set to launch in 2013, will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN's Principal Investigator discusses the mission.

MSL Launches With MEDLI Sensors
NASA engineers Michelle Munk and David Way explain the MEDLI -- Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Entry, Descent and Landing Instrumentation -- package on the MSL aeroshell that will measure the heating and pressure the Curiosity rover experiences as it flies through the atmosphere of Mars to its landing site.

NASA Developing Mining Robot for Moon, Mars
NASA is developing the RASSOR mining robot to collect soil, or regolith, on the moon or Mars so it can be processed into rocket fuel, breathable air and other commodities. By using materials available at other locations in the solar system, astronauts don't have to carry it all from Earth.

NASA's Mars Landings
This video shows the landing sites of all six NASA spacecraft to reach Mars—Viking 1, Viking 2, Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix—and the target location where Curiosity will touch down on Aug. 6, 2012. Data collected by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft was used to create the topography and surface color details seen here.

Opportunity on Mars - Eight years and counting
NASA's Opportunity rover hits 8-year mark on Mars.

River Fans on Earth and Mars
Curiosity science team member William Dietrich explores the relationship between river fans found in California’s Death Valley on Earth and similar fans in Gale Crater on Mars.

Spirit's Snapshots of Mars
These views of Mars are just a small sampling from the 124,000 images returned by the Spirit rover

The Mars Chamber
The Mars chamber is a box about the size of a refrigerator that re-creates the temperatures, pressures, and atmosphere of the Martian surface, essentially creating a Mars environment on Earth! Scientists and engineers use this chamber to test experiments on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite--a fully-functioning chemistry lab aboard the Curiosity Mars rover.

What's It's Like to Land on Mars
This video steps viewers through a portion of the choreography needed to land NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. It starts with a computer simulation from NASA's Eyes on the Solar System program and uses actual images from Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager. It ends with a high-resolution color image from Curiosity's Mast Camera.