Mars
Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program  PHYS.ORG · 21 minutes
A new poll shows Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the... more
Meteors help Martian clouds form  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds. more
Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One of the greater challenges of sending payloads to Mars is contending with the planet's atmosphere. While incredibly thin compared to Earth's... more
How to detect life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
When MIT research scientist Christopher Carr visited a green sand beach in Hawaii at the age of 9, he probably didn't think that he'd use the little olivine crystals beneath his feet to one day search... more
Meteors help Martian clouds form  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
How did the Red Planet get all of its clouds? CU Boulder researchers may have discovered the secret: just add meteors. more
How to detect life on Mars  MIT · 3 days
Scientists from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes instrument team develop method to detect the tiniest traces of life on other planetary bodies. more
This is what the ground looked like after inSight landed on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
When InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26th, 2018, it deployed a parachute to slow its descent through the thin Martian atmosphere. As it... more
Bam! Fresh Crater Spied on Mars — and It Looks Spectacular  SPACE.COM · 3 days
A small space rock crashed into the Martian surface recently, producing a fresh crater that researchers estimate is 49 feet to 53 feet (15 to 16... more
Dust storms on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Dust is a critical component in the Martian atmosphere. It influences the atmosphere's circulation by heating or cooling it and is in turn redistributed around the planet by atmospheric winds. In this dust cycle, dust storms play a particularly important... more
The mast is raised for NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020... more
'Star Trek' Logo Spotted on Mars  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door. more
NASA Spacecraft Spots 'Star Trek' Logo on Mars  SPACE.COM · 6 days
It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door: A dune in the shape of the famous logo from "Star Trek" appears prominently in a new picture from Mars. more
NASA's Mars 2020 will blaze a trail for humans  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
When a female astronaut first sets foot on the moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA's latest... more
More research monkeys retire when studies finish  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined to inside of a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. more
ESA Impact June  ESA · 7 days
This special edition of ESA Impact brings you spectacular images of Earth, Mars, black holes and Luca Parmitano. Browse the slide-out texts and videos for insights. more
ESA Impact June Council  ESA · 7 days
This special edition of ESA Impact brings you spectacular images of Earth, Mars, black holes and Luca Parmitano. Browse the slide-out texts and videos for insights. more
White House Reiterates Human Moon Missions on the Path to Mars  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
A day after President Trump appeared to cast doubt on NASA's plans to send humans to the moon, a White House official said the moon remained... more
NASA's Mars Helicopter Testing Enters Final Phase  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter... more
NASA's Mars helicopter testing enters final phase  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the... more
Five things to know about NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA is sending a new technology to space on June 22 that will change the way we navigate our spacecraft—even how we send astronauts to Mars and beyond.... more
Why Mars Lightning Is Weak and Rare  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
If lightning exists on Mars, it may be less energetic and frequent than lightning on Earth, all because of the Red Planet's thin air, a new study finds. more
InSight's team tries new strategy to help the 'mole'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists and engineers have a new plan for getting NASA InSight's heat probe, also known as the "mole," digging again on Mars. Part of an instrument called the Heat Flow... more
Mars Explorers Will Tackle Radiation, Depression … and Space Bread  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Sending astronauts to Mars will be hard, but a panel of experts considered the details of how to make it work — from living underground to exercising in... more
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Ready for High-Def Camera Eyes  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
NASA's next Mars rover gets one step closer to its launch next summer with the installation of a pair of high-definition cameras. more
June New Moon 2019: Catch Planets and Constellations in the 'Moonless' Sky  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The new moon occurs today (June 3), just two days before our natural satellite makes a close pass to Mars in the evening sky. more
Here's How Europe's Rosalind Franklin Rover Will Phone Home From Mars  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Europe's future Mars rover has a place to call home while en route to Red Planet discoveries. The European Space Agency opened its new rover operations... more
NASA's Mars 2020 gets HD eyes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
One of the first operations the Mars 2020 rover will perform after touching down on the Red Planet's Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, will be to raise its remote sensing mast (RSM), which carries important... more
The radiation showstopper for Mars exploration  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An astronaut on a mission to Mars could receive radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on our planet—a major showstopper for the safe exploration of our solar system. A team of European experts is... more
Mars on Earth: What's next?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A Mars sample return campaign would bring samples of the Red Planet back to Earth for examination in the best terrestrial laboratories—but choosing the samples and storing them on Mars for later return is only one part of... more
China's First Mars Spacecraft Undergoing Integration for 2020 Launch  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
China remains on schedule to ready its first independent mission to Mars in time for a short launch window in mid-2020, according to a leading space official. more
Weird 'Fettucine' Rocks May Help Us Spot Life on Mars  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Let's be very clear: No one is suggesting that Martians feast on pasta during a Red Planet all-you-can-eat buffet. more
Mars on Earth – what next?  ESA · 3 weeks
A Mars Sample Return campaign would bring samples of the Red Planet back to Earth for examination in the best terrestrial laboratories – but... more
The radiation showstopper for Mars exploration  ESA · 3 weeks
An astronaut on a mission to Mars could receive radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on our planet – a major showstopper... more
A European mission control for the Mars rover  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The ExoMars rover has a brand new control center in one of Europe's largest Mars yards. The Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) was inaugurated today in Turin, Italy, ahead of the rover's... more
ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
On 15 June, the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will follow a different path. An "Inclination Change Maneuver' will put the spacecraft in an altered orbit, enabling it to pick up crucial status signals from... more
New Lego Space Sets Take Kids to Mars, Brick by Brick  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
As NASA pushes to land humans on the moon and Mars in the coming years, the Lego Group has seven new space-themed building sets inspired by... more
Watch the Clouds on Mars Glide By in This Curiosity Rover Video  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Curiosity craned its neck skyward on May 7 and May 12, capturing gorgeous imagery of wispy clouds scudding through Mars' thin atmosphere. more
Watch the Clouds on Mars Glide in This Curiosity Rover Video  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Curiosity craned its neck skyward on May 7 and May 12, capturing gorgeous imagery of wispy clouds scudding through Mars' thin atmosphere. more
ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin  ESA · 3 weeks
On 15 June, the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will follow a different path. An ‘Inclination Change Manoeuvre’ will put the spacecraft in... more
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover finds a clay cache  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA's Curiosity rover has confirmed that the region on Mars it's exploring, called the "clay-bearing unit," is well deserving of its name. Two samples the rover recently drilled at rock targets called... more
A European mission control for the martian rover  ESA · 3 weeks
The ExoMars rover has a brand new control centre in one of Europe’s largest Mars yards. The Rover Operations Control... more
Farmers and food companies hit the dirt to improve soil health  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Big food brands, such as Kellogg, Campbell, Mars Wrigley and General Mills, have started investing in their ingredients by helping farmers improve soil health and sustainability.... more
'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers report  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report in... more
China’s first Mars spacecraft undergoing integration for 2020 launch  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
“Mars 2020 mission spacecraft is undergoing integration,” Wang Chi, director of the National Space Science Center (NSSC) in... more
A wind tunnel designed to simulate the dusty surface of Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Part of Aarhus University's Mars Simulation Laboratory in Denmark, this wind tunnel has been specially designed to simulate the dusty surface of planet Mars. more
Mars Organic Molecule Analyser: A look at the ExoMars rover's tiny ovens  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
There are few things better than the smell of freshly baked bread from the oven; this is because molecules in the bread disperse in... more
Tunnel to Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
Technology image of the week: this low pressure, low temperature ‘dirty’ wind tunnel at Denmark’s Aarhus University is designed to simulate the dusty surface of the Red Planet more
Scientists Cook Up a New Way to Make Breathable Oxygen on Mars  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Scientists have found a new way that future Mars explorers could potentially generate their own oxygen while visiting the planet. more
Science lab onboard  ESA · 3 weeks
The miniature science laboratory that will analyse Mars soil for signs of life is packed onboard the ExoMars rover more
Comet inspires chemistry for making breathable oxygen on Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers have demonstrated a new reaction for generating oxygen that could help humans explore the universe and perhaps even fight climate change at home. more
Martian ovens  ESA · 3 weeks
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Cooking martian soil in the search for life. more
Ultra-small microbes exhibit extreme survival skills in Ethiopia's Mars-like wonderland  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The first study of ultra-small bacteria living in the extreme environment of Ethiopia's Dallol hot springs shows that life can thrive in conditions similar to those thought to... more
Getting to Mars, whatever it takes  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Sending manned missions to Mars is essential, according to Pierre Brisson, the president of Mars Society Switzerland, "because we can." We spoke with him about this challenge while he was at EPFL recently to give a... more
The Sand Dunes of Mars Move in a Weird Way  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Martian sand dunes are blowing in the wind — but slowly, and based on factors that don't affect sand movement here on Earth. more
Getting ready for Mars on the Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
From disrupted biological clocks to radiation and contamination hazards, Europe is running experiments on the International Space Station to take human exploration one step closer to Mars. more
ExoMars PanCam filters  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
This may look like a collection of colorful contact lenses, and in some respects there are some similarities: these are the filters through which the ExoMars rover—named Rosalind Franklin—will view Mars in visible and near infrared wavelengths. more
Ten things about Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
Discover fascinating facts about the Red Planet and how ESA is contributing to the scientific exploration of Mars more
Martian Sand Dunes Behave Differently than Dunes on Earth: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
According to new research, published in the journal Geology, processes not involved in controlling sand movement... more
Getting ready for Mars – on the Space Station  ESA · 3 weeks
From disrupted biological clocks to radiation and contamination hazards, Europe is running experiments on the International Space Station... more
Mars vision  ESA · 3 weeks
Space Science Image of the Week: These filters for the ExoMars rover cameras will give us our science eyes on Mars more
NASA's Mars 2020 gets a dose of space here on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA's Mars 2020 spacecraft has completed acoustic and thermal vacuum (TVAC) testing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The acoustic test of the spacecraft... more
Europe to Mars – and back!  ESA · 3 weeks
Europe has been in orbit around Mars for more than 15 years and is almost a year away from launching its first rover mission,... more
On This Day in Space! May 25, 2008: Phoenix Spacecraft Lands on Mars  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
On May 25, 2008, NASA's Phoenix lander arrived on Mars. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space videos... more
NASA's Mars 2020 mission drops in on Death Valley  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
On a test flight in Death Valley, California, an Airbus helicopter carried an engineering model of the Lander Vision System (LVS) that will help guide NASA's next Mars mission to... more
Comet inspires chemistry for making breathable oxygen on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Science fiction stories are chock full of terraforming schemes and oxygen generators for a very good reason—we humans need molecular oxygen (O2) to breathe, and space is essentially devoid of... more
On Mars, sands shift to a different drum  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists has found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles... more
Are laser links ready for prime time?  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
Although NASA’s Mars Laser Communications Demonstration never flew, the project proceeded far enough to establish a price for terminals to relay data... more
Strange Martian mineral deposit likely sourced from volcanic explosions  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions is the likely source of a strange mineral deposit near the landing site for NASA's next Mars rover, a new study finds. The research, published... more
Massive Martian ice discovery opens a window into Red Planet's history  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the... more
Strange Martian mineral deposit likely sourced from volcanic explosions  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
In a finding that is soon to be ground-truthed by NASA's next Mars rover, researchers show that a Martian mineral deposit was likely formed by ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions. more
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Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere
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InSight's team tries new strategy to help the 'mole'
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Mars on Earth: What's next?
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Mars on Earth – what next?
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A European mission control for the martian rover
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'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers report
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Europe to Mars – and back!
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