Two young earthworms were found in Mars soil simulant NASA provided for researchers conducting studies on growing crops on the Red Planet. This is how worms can benefit a future Mars colony:
Space November 28, 2017
An interdisciplinary team from MIT won the 2017 Mars City Design competition. The winning team's nature-inspired dome design mimics a forest in both structure and function.
Space November 26, 2017
The latest conspiracy theory about Mars is that there is a colony there where kidnapped children work as slaves. The claims were made by a former CIA case officer on the radio talk show Infowars hosted by Alex Jones.
Space June 30, 2017
A city with a million human inhabitants could be built on Red Planet as early as 40 years from now, Elon Musk said. What are some of the current challenges to building a human colony on Mars?
Space June 25, 2017
Elon Musk's Mars colony is seen as the direction of humanity, given the possibility of the apocalype and the uncertainty of humans' future survival as a species. Learn about Mars as the focal point of humanity's doomsday preparations.
Space June 20, 2017
The environment on Mars may cause human colonists to go through evolutionary changes that can lead to the creation of new human species. How will the future generations of Mars colonists look like?
Space June 8, 2017
NASA is planning on returning to the moon before making the trip to Mars. Here's how that will affect future space missions including the trip to Mars.
Space May 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created bricks using Mars-like soil. But will these be strong enough for human habitats on the red planet?
Space May 1, 2017
The NASA mission to colonize Mars may be faced with many unanticipated hurdles. A study shows the training program is not enough to prepare astronauts for life on the Red Planet since it can’t replicate Martian environmental conditions.
Space March 14, 2017
British-Dutch company Mars One has delayed its planned manned mission to Mars until 2032. The change in timeline was made to give the venture time to raise enough funds to cover the large expenses of the mission.
Space December 8, 2016
Building a sustainable human colony on Mars would require the ability to mine resources already available on the Red Planet. NASA's RASSOR mining robot can scoop soil on Mars, which can then be extracted for resources needed to produce commodities.
Space October 5, 2016
Elon Musk unveiled the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) that could transport humans to planet Mars. The SpaceX CEO envisions a million people living in the Red Planet in 40 to 100 years.
Space September 28, 2016
Perchlorates, while instrumental in maintaining liquid water on Mars and serving as a potential electricity and energy source, can cause potential dangers to the well-being of future human colonizers on the Red Planet.
Space June 22, 2016
A moon buggy powered by steam could assist in the quest to colonize our lunar neighbor. But how could such a plan also help humans aiming to land on Mars?
Space April 11, 2016
Getting humans to Mars is "very realistic" and would actually be the easy part, according to astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin. But building a human colony on Mars that has a self-sufficient system needs to be worked on, requiring regular transportation and international collaboration.
Space February 29, 2016
People on social media have speculated about a possible SpaceX mission to Mars following a recent tweet by a space journalist Chris Bergin that hinted at the firm's future projects. Observers believe the space company could be planning to build a colony on the red planet or even a million-man spacecraft.
Space October 10, 2015
A NASA design competition sought entries for a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration and awarded first prize to the Mars Ice House. The 3D-printed igloo harnesses the planet's liquid ice and promotes additive technology for sustainability.
Space October 5, 2015
Colonizing Mars could be mankind's option when catastrophe strikes Earth, but sending humans to live on the Red Planet has some challenges. Here are five of them.
Space May 16, 2015
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson aired out a few concerns about Mars One, pointing out the potential pitfalls the project may encounter in sourcing for funding.
Space March 9, 2015
Testifying before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, Aldrin pushed for a revival of the country’s pride as a leader in space exploration.
Space February 25, 2015
People make plans all the time, but there’s nothing like telling others about it to create accountability. Elon Musk has done just that so all that’s left now is to see how his plans pan out.
Space January 7, 2015
Volunteers in NASA-funded project will subject themselves to the stress and isolation of a simulated mission to Mars. Three women and three men will live, work in close proximity on a Hawaiian volcano.
Space October 22, 2014
The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation program (HI-SEAS) is underway, placing six people in close quarters inside a dome, where they will live for eight months.
Space October 15, 2014
Engineers at MIT have looked at plans by Mars One that will bring human colonies to Mars by 2024. However, those engineers think that the mission is doomed and will result in those colonists' deaths.
Geek October 14, 2014
Mars colonists in the future could find a time capsule from modern-day Earth, if a group of students at MIT get their way.
Space June 26, 2014
Landing a human crew on Mars is a primary goal of NASA, says their chief scientist, Ellen Stofan.
Space June 24, 2014
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is telling the press humans could walk on Mars by 2026. Can he pull it off?
Space June 18, 2014
The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) space vehicle is still grounded in Hawaii, awaiting a critical test of the flying saucer-like device.
Space June 14, 2014
Greenhouses may be set up on Mars in the future. Here are some of the challenges researchers faced, testing plants in a low-pressure environment.
Space May 7, 2014
The LDSD can bring objects as large as a two-story house safely down on the surface of Mars. What is next for this real-life flying saucer?
Space April 14, 2014
A simulator meant to replicate conditions on the red planet will be built in an unknown location. Here's how the facility will test the equipment - and people - heading toward Mars.
Space March 29, 2014
A fatwa issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) forbids Muslims from participating in a one-way mission to Mars. However, Mars One thinks the journey is ideal for followers of Islam.
Space February 21, 2014
Small, independent robots may one day be able to explore the bottom of the ocean, repairs nuclear reactor cores and even build the first colonies on Mars. But for now, they are building castles out of foam bricks.
Space February 15, 2014