Tag: Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Successfully Drills Duluth Rock After More Than A Year Of Drilling Hiatus

Mars Curiosity rover has been on a drilling hiatus since late 2016 after its drill broke down but a new drilling method overcame the mechanical problem. How does feed extended drilling work?

Space May 24, 2018

Here’s Why Earth Isn’t Red — Hint: It’s Because Of This Iron-Stealing Mineral

New research claims that Garnet, not magnetite, is stealing iron from the Earth’s crust. The researchers think that’s why Earth isn’t as red as Mars.

Earth/Environment May 21, 2018

On The Way To Mars, NASA Satellite Snaps A Photo Of Earth And Moon

The MarCO CubeSats accompanying the InSight lander headed to Mars wanted to check if the journey is going well, so it snapped a photo of its antenna. But there were a couple of photobombers.

Space May 16, 2018

Scientists Discover New Archaeal Lineage At Yellowstone National Park That Could Possibly Explain The Origin Of Life

Scientists have just discovered a new archaeal lineage at Yellowstone National Park. The discovery could help explain how early life began on Earth and possibly on Mars as well.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2018

Scientists Say Earth's Acidic Streams Suggest 12,000 Olympic-Sized Pools Of Evidence Of Life On Mars

Scientists believe that there is a connection between the acidic streams on Earth and potential life on Mars. They studied acidic streams in Dorset, an area in the United Kingdom.

Space May 15, 2018

NASA Will Send An Autonomous Helicopter To Mars During The 2020 Mission To Take Photos

NASA announced that an autonomous helicopter will join a rover for the Mars 2020 mission. The helicopter will fly around Mars and take bird's-eye view photos of the planet.

Space May 11, 2018

First CubeSats Signal Radio Home On Way To Mars, NASA Says

NASA just received two radio signals from the MarCO satellites. The two small satellites will accompany the InSight lander on its journey to study Mars’ structure and its interior.

Space May 7, 2018

NASA InSight Mars Lander Launched: Red Planet Interior Will Be Probed And Mapped

NASA resumed its mission to probe Mars as it launched a new spacecraft that is expected to study the red planet from California. The InSight lander is expected to arrive on the planet sometime in November.

Space May 5, 2018

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, And More To Appear During The Spring And Summer Evening Skies

Certain planets and stars will become more visible to the eye during the spring and summer evening hours. Planets such as Venus, Saturn, and Mars will be seen during the late evening hours.

Space May 4, 2018

European Space Agency Releases First Color Images Of Mars' Surface Showing Its Atmosphere

Trace Gas Orbiter, a space orbiter by the European Space Agency and RosCosmos, released the first color image of the Martian surface. In the photo, Mars' atmosphere can be seen.

Space May 3, 2018

NASA Mars InSight Set To Launch: Here's Why The Mission Is So Important

After a two-year delay, NASA will finally launch the InSight Mars mission to space. The spacecraft, which will be equipped with various tools, will study not the Red Planet's surface, but rather what lies underneath.

Space May 1, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled: The ‘Warrior Woman’ Rock On Mars Isn’t Proof Of An Early Civilization

A new rock formation on Mars is being hailed as proof that an ancient civilization once existed on the planet. Don’t believe it — it’s your mind playing tricks on you.

Space April 30, 2018

NASA Mars Mission Encounters Cracks In Its Heat Shield: Could This Set Back The 2020 Mission?

NASA announced in a statement that the heat shield for its Mars 2020 mission has a crack. This could be a major setback for the mission and could affect its schedule.

Space April 27, 2018

NASA And ESA Teaming Up To Bring Rocks From Mars To Earth

Two space organizations have outlined a very important mission to Mars. Through three missions and one attempted rocket launch from the Red Planet, they hope to bring some of the Red Planet to Earth.

Space April 26, 2018

Mudcracks In Mars Confirm Existence Of Lakes That Likely Dried Up Billions Of Years Ago

Scientists confirmed that the mudcracks present in Mars’s surface could prove the existence of lakes that likely have dried up approximately 3.5 billion years ago. Images of the mudcracks were sent by the Curiosity rover in 2017.

Space April 23, 2018

NASA Sending Spacecraft To Study The Interior Of Mars And Detect Marsquakes

Seismic activity has never been detected on Mars but NASA hopes to change that with its new probe. NASA's InSight is set to study the interior of Mars once it lands on the planet in late November.

Space April 20, 2018

New Theory Suggests Violent History Behind The Creation Of Mars’s Two Moons

Phobos and Deimos may have formed following a collision between Mars and an object the size of asteroid Ceres. A new model suggests ejecta from the event lead to the creation of the two moons.

Space April 20, 2018

SpaceX Rocket To Mars Will Be Built In Los Angeles: Where, Exactly?

SpaceX received approval from Mayor Eric Garcetti to build the BFR, the spacecraft to send humans to Mars, in Los Angeles. Where in the crowded city will SpaceX build a rocket that will be taller than the Statue of Liberty?

Space April 17, 2018

Nobody Is Sure What This Feature On Mars Could Be: Is It A Crater Or A Supervolcano?

New images of the geological feature on Mars called Ismenia Patera have been released, which added mystery to the origin of the feature. Scientists are trying to figure out how it came to be.

Space April 13, 2018

Boeing CEO: We Might Bring Back Elon Musk’s Tesla, And Also Go To Mars Within A Decade

The CEO of Boeing hopes to get to Mars first before SpaceX does, and claims that will be achieved within a decade. The space race for the new era is on.

Space April 13, 2018

NASA MRO Image Features Stunning Dune Gullies At Matara Crater On Mars

The HiRISE instrument onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured image of gullies that formed on the sand dunes of Matara Crater on the Red Planet. How did these gullies form?

Space April 8, 2018

Researchers Insist NASA Used Robot Bees To Explore The Surface Of Mars Instead Of Bulky Rovers

A team of researchers is proposing an alternative to the expensive rovers that NASA keeps sending to Mars. This new plan involves sending robot bees to the red planet.

Space April 4, 2018

Turns Out Mars One Mission To Send Humans To Mars Is A Scam, Says Report

In one of those too good to be true situations, an in-depth report reveals that the Mars One company who planned to send people to Mars is a scam. It paints a picture of a dysfunctional project that isn't ready to fulfill any of its promises.

Space March 29, 2018

NASA To Test Supersonic Parachute For Future Mars Mission

Landing on Mars is not easy, which is why there is a need for advanced parachutes that can be deployed at supersonic speed. On Thursday, March 29, NASA put its ASPIRE to the test in Wallops Island, Virginia.

Space March 27, 2018

Elon Musk Really Wants To Colonize Mars, And Here's How He'll Do It

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has set his sights on colonizing Mars. A presentation by Musk on Mars colonization has now been published, allowing everyone to see the visionary CEO's plans of sending humans to the Red Planet.

Space March 27, 2018

NASA Finds 'Chryse Alien Head' On Mars In 2005, But No One Notices Until Now

A photo that was taken of a crater by NASA in 2005 is starting to make rounds due to the name that was given to it by the agency. NASA named the image 'Chryse Alien Head.'

Space March 26, 2018

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Reaches 2,000 Sols On Red Planet

The Curiosity Rover registered a new milestone of reaching 2,000 sols or days on Mars. Data and samples observed by the rover showed the previous presence of lakes and freshwater that are essential in the survival of microbial life.

Space March 23, 2018

Astronomer Rediscovers The Planet Mars, Ends Up On Astronomy News Service

People still aren't sure who discovered the planet Mars, but it is now known that it wasn't this professor. An account of his discovery of the planet Mars was published in an astronomy news service.

Space March 22, 2018

Oceans On Mars Could Have Formed As Early As 4 Billion Years Ago, According To New Research

Scientists discovered that the oceans on Mars may be significantly older than previously thought. New estimates indicate that oceans on Mars formed 4 billion years ago.

Space March 19, 2018

NASA Might Send A Drone To Mars In Addition To New Rover

The Mars 2020 rover mission could be a trip for two. NASA is reportedly testing a drone that will fly and examine Mars from above.

Space March 19, 2018

The New Space Race: Vladimir Putin Says Russia Will Beat US To Mars

Vladimir Putin wants Russia to land on Mars before the United States does. So, it’s launching a Mars mission in 2019, earlier than NASA’s own Mars exploration program.

Space March 16, 2018

Still No Proof Of Life On Mars: Crystals Found By Rover Are Not Trace Fossils

The million-dollar question "Is there extraterrestrial life on Mars?" is being asked again. NASA insists that the crystal features spotted by Curiosity Rover on Martian surface are not traces of alien life -- just rock crystals formed by water.

Space March 7, 2018

A Must See Sky Show: Saturn, Mars, And Jupiter To Align This Week

A rare astronomical event is happening this week. Bright planets Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will align before sunrise, while the moon will pass by them.

Space March 6, 2018

Scientist May Have Found Evidence Of Fossilized Alien Tracks On Mars

An astrobiologist who has published studies and books on Mars thinks he found fossilized alien footprints after studying images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. He plans to present his hypothesis about trace fossils on Mars in a June conference.

Space March 5, 2018

Mars Curiosity Rover Is Drilling The Red Planet Again, This Time With A New Method

Since the Mars Curiosity Rover hit a snag in 2016 that broke its ability to drill the Red Planet’s surface, NASA has been hard at work trying to fix it. Now, the space agency may finally be on to something.

Space March 2, 2018

New Theory Suggests Moon Formed From A Vaporized Rock Within Earth

A new study suggests that the Moon was formed from a rapidly spinning vaporizing rock from early Earth and not from a collision of cosmic rocks. This new theory on the Moon's formation is unlike anything we've known before.

Space March 1, 2018

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster May Contaminate Planet Mars With Bacteria From Earth

Scientists at Purdue University think that Elon's Musk's Tesla car currently in orbit around the sun was not sterilized before it was launched into space. What could happen if it contaminated Mars?

Space February 28, 2018

Bacteria Survives In The Most Mars-Like Place On Earth, Giving Hope For Life On The Red Planet

David Bowie onced asked if there’s life on Mars. Well, according to a new study published in PNAS, it’s possible Mars harbors life despite its conditions.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2018

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter On 'Precautionary Standby Mode': What's The Problem?

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting Mars for 12 years, was placed on a 'precautionary standby mode.' What does this status mean, and is the spacecraft in danger of being lost in space forever?

Space February 20, 2018

NASA Opportunity Rover Hits 5000-Days Milestone On Mars Soil

NASA's Opportunity Rover was only set for a 90-day Martian exploration. Days turned into months and years and now, Opportunity has set another milestone for reaching 5,000 sols on the Red Planet.

Space February 19, 2018

Israeli Scientists Complete Mars Habitat Mission In Negev Desert

Six Israeli scientists lived in confined quarters in the Negev desert, conducted experiments, and ate food from capsules for four days. What are the objectives of this D-Mars experiment?

Space February 18, 2018

NASA To Return Mars Meteorite To Red Planet In 2020 Rover Mission

NASA and JPL are going to return the SaU008 Martian meteorite back to its home planet via a rover that’ll fly to Mars in 2020. It’s also being used to calibrate a highly sophisticated tool called SHERLOC.

Space February 16, 2018

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Just Took A Selfie And A Stunning Panorama Of The Red Planet

The Curiosity Rover just snapped a selfie on Mars, giving off some serious ‘Wall-E’ vibes. It also shared a stunning new panorama of the Red planet.

Space February 3, 2018

Dust Storms May Have Played Role On Atmosphere Loss On Planet Mars

A new study suggested that Martian dust storms play an important role in helping gas escape from the planet's atmosphere. A research team conducted the study based on observations made by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Space January 28, 2018

Kilopower: NASA Testing Nuclear Power System For Future Surface Missions

Kilopower is on its way to changing the future of exploration missions in space. The nuclear power source can provide 10 kilowatts of continuous energy for 10 years or more.

Space January 19, 2018

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