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Scientists Put Mars 2020 Rover Through Its Paces

NASA engineers have been simulating the entry and landing of the Mars 2020 rover on the Red Planet in preparation for next year's launch. The rover will study the planet's habitability, including whether it harbored microbial life in the past.

Space March 21, 2019

Scientists Detect 'Mini-Tremors' On Mars

NASA's InSight lander has detected microseisms, or continuous and ubiquitous tremors, on Mars. The faint humming was discovered in February, a few months after the lander had arrived on the Red Planet.

Space March 19, 2019

NASA's Pathfinder Mission May Have Landed Near Ancient Mars Sea In 1997

The Mars Pathfinder mission ended 22 years ago but brought back new information about the red planet. Who would’ve known that the Pathfinder rover landed near an ancient inland sea on Mars?

Space March 16, 2019

Space Orbiter Captures Image Of 'Hairy Blue Spider' On Planet Mars

Incredible new images from the ExoMars mission show the surface of Mars. One of the photos appear to show 'hairy spiders' that are actually the result of dust devil activity.

Space March 16, 2019

NASA Unveils Opportunity Rover's Last Set Of Photos

Mars Opportunity might have perished in a planet-wide dust storm in June, but it continues to provide data about the Red Planet to NASA. The space agency published one of the final photos they received from the 15-year-old rover.

Space March 13, 2019

NASA Boss Jim Bridenstine Says First Person To Step On Mars Likely To Be A Woman

The head of NASA reveals that the first human to visit Mars is likely to be a woman. Future missions to the moon will also include women, which will be the first time in history.

Space March 13, 2019

Man Gets Wrong Rover In Tattoo To Honor Mars Opportunity

A man who wanted to pay tribute to Opportunity mistakenly got an image of Curiosity, the much younger rover, on his shoulder. The tweet went viral days after NASA had announced the official end of Opportunity's mission on Mars.

Space February 20, 2019

Mars One Is Bankrupt And Down For The Count

Nearly seven years after it first grabbed headlines, Mars One, a startup that wanted to send the first human colony to Mars, is officially dead. The news was first revealed on Reddit and was confirmed by the company's cofounder.

Space February 13, 2019

Mini MarCO Cube Sat Dead In Space Beyond Mars Orbit, Says NASA

The MarCO CubeSats that were launched last year have been unable to communicate with NASA. WALL-E has been silent since December while its twin EVE last sent a message in January.

Space February 6, 2019

NASA Curiosity Team Teaches An Old Rover New Tricks For Measuring Martian Gravity

A team of researchers used accelerometers onboard NASA's Curiosity rover to track subtle changes in the gravity on Mars. They measured the pull on Mount Sharp in Gale Crater, coming up with new questions on how it was formed.

Space February 1, 2019

Curiosity Rover Takes Quick Selfie Before Heading Off To Martian Landscape

After it had finished collecting its final sample, Curiosity rover took a selfie from its location in Vera Rubin Ridge. Its next destination is to the clay region of Mount Sharp. Its next destination is to the clay region of Mount Sharp.

Space January 30, 2019

Mars Opportunity Rover May Have Perished 'Honorably' During Dust Storm, Says NASA

NASA might soon be ending its efforts to recover Opportunity. The principal investigator behind the mission said that while they have not given up hope yet, it might also be the end of the 15-year-old explorer.

Space January 28, 2019

NASA Team Sends New Set Of Commands To Opportunity Rover On Mars

NASA continued its attempt to recover Opportunity months after the rover had gone silent because of June's dust storm. Engineers at JPL started sending new commands in the hopes of addressing the issues preventing the rover from contacting Earth.

Space January 26, 2019

NASA's Opportunity Rover Begins 15th Year On Mars Surface

NASA's Opportunity Rover landed on Mars 15 years ago on Jan. 24, 2004. Its last communication with Earth was detected in June 10, 2018, and NASA still does not know the current status of the rover.

Space January 25, 2019

Elon Musk Shows Off Fully Assembled SpaceX Starship

SpaceX has finished assembling a test hopper, an experimental spaceship that looks like the Starship. The test hopper will not be launched to orbit but will instead will be propelled 16,400-feet up in the sky.

Space January 12, 2019

European Space Agency Tests Self-Driving Rovers In Morocco Desert

The PERASPERA's field test, hosted by the Ibn Battuta Centre, was conducted near Erfoud, on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. EU’s Europlanet Research Infrastructure designated the wind-blown desert environment as a "good match" for Mars.

Space December 26, 2018

Former Moon Mission Astronaut Says Sending Manned Missions To Mars Would Be 'Almost Ridiculous'

In a recent interview, Bill Anders criticized NASA's plans to one day send humans to the surface of Mars. He said that he has always been a supporter of unmanned missions mainly because they are cheaper.

Space December 24, 2018

ESA Spacecraft Captures Image Of 'Winter Wonderland On Mars'

Breathtaking photos of Mars' Korolev crater could be mistaken for a huge ice skating rink. The ESA stitched together several pictures taken from months ago by the Mars Express satellite.

Space December 21, 2018

NASA InSight Lander Sends Back Audio Of Martian Winds

NASA's InSight lander detected vibrations from the winds blowing on the surface of Mars. The U.S. space agency raised the pitch of the audio sampling to be perceptible by human ears.

Space December 8, 2018

Curiosity Rover Finds Shiny Object In Martian Soil

NASA's Curiosity found a shiny rock that scientists believe is a meteorite. The team behind the Mars rover wanted to take a closer look at the mysterious object to figure out what it is.

Space December 4, 2018

NASA Successfully Lands InSight On Martian Soil

InSight has successfully arrived in Mars. The lander reported that it has unrolled its solar panels and will continue deploying its other scientific equipment in the next couple of months.

Space November 27, 2018

Elon Musk Considers Permanently Moving To Mars

Elon Musk talked about plans of SpaceX to send humans to Mars during an interview with 'Axios' on HBO. The tech executive said he might move to the Red Planet permanently.

Space November 26, 2018

Mars InSight Lander Getting Ready To Touchdown On Red Planet

InSight will attempt a successful landing on Monday, Nov. 26. The Mars lander will experience what is called "seven minutes of terror" in which it will enter the red planet's atmosphere at 12,300 miles per hour and then abruptly slow down to land.

Space November 24, 2018

Striped Martian Moon Phobos Got Its Distinct Grooves From Rolling Rocks

Brown University researchers have found an explanation of Mars moon Phobos' unique grooves. After a computer simulation, they concluded that the rolling rocks from the Stickney crater may have created these grooves.

Space November 22, 2018

NASA Picks Ancient River Delta As Landing Site For Next Martian Rover Mission

NASA has announced the landing site of the Mars 2020 rover. Out of more than 60 options, experts from the scientific community have chosen Jezero Crater, which was once a river delta where water flowed.

November 20, 2018

NASA Announces Public Broadcast For First Mars Landing In 6 Years

NASA announced that the touch down of InSight later this month will be livestreamed on its website and social media pages. InSight is NASA's first lander to Mars in six years.

Space November 14, 2018

SpaceX Tesla Roadster Now Beyond Mars Orbit

Starman reached the point past the orbit of Mars. The astronaut mannequin aboard a Tesla Roadster launched by SpaceX in February continues its voyage in space.

Space November 6, 2018

Scientists Explain Strange Cloud On Mars

The European Space Agency's Mars Express captured a photo of the cloud that hangs over the Arsia Mons, one of Mars' biggest volcanoes. However, scientists explained that the cloud is not coming from the volcano.

Space October 27, 2018

Martian Brine May Have Enough Oxygen To Support Microbes

A new study found that the salty water detected by radar scans might hold enough oxygen to sustain microbial or even basic animal life on Mars. The salty liquid water, however, can only be found under the surface of the red planet.

Space October 23, 2018

NASA Is Looking For Tech And Science Payloads To Go On Commercial Lunar Landers

NASA has officially announced its formal solicitation for small lunar payloads ahead of planned robotic and manned missions on the surface of the Moon. The first round of proposals will be accepted until November.

Space October 20, 2018

Lockheed Martin Unveils New Lunar Lander Concept

The lunar lander designed by Lockheed Martin can carry up to four astronauts to the surface of the moon in one trip. If not in use, it will be on the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Space October 5, 2018

NASA Funded Study Says Prolonged Space Travel Could Destroy Astronauts' Guts

Astronauts who will be traveling toward the surface of Mars are at risk of developing stomach or colon cancer. Scientists found that long-term exposure to cosmic radiation can significantly damage a person's gastrointestinal tissues.

Space October 3, 2018

NASA Unveils '60 Years In 60 Seconds' Video To Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary

On Monday, NASA celebrated its 60th anniversary with a video highlighting milestones such as the first man on the moon. Jim Bridenstine also addressed the future of the space agency.

Space October 3, 2018

Scientists Are Making And Selling Artificial Martian Dirt For $20 Per Kilogram

The University of Central Florida created dirt that closely resembles the one on the surface of Mars using data collected by NASA's Curiosity rover. Moon and asteroid dirt are also available.

Space October 1, 2018

NASA Releases Roadmap For New And Sustainable Lunar Missions

NASA published a 21-page roadmap that details the space agency's space exploration plans for the next two decades. The report is in line with U.S. President Trump's directive to return to the moon.

Space September 29, 2018

Mars Orbiter HiRISE Sends Back Photo Of Opportunity Rover Covered In Dust

Opportunity can be seen as a black dot in the photo captured using the HiRISE. The 15-year-old rover has been silent since the Red Planet was engulfed in a red haze caused by a dust storm.

Space September 27, 2018

Ancient Mars Had Right Conditions To Support Underground Life

A new study proposed that life might have existed underneath the surface of Mars. Researchers from Brown University claimed that the hydrogen from water molecules might have allowed microbes to thrive for billions of years.

Space September 25, 2018

The SpaceX Mars Base Will Become A Reality In 10 Years, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that Mars Base Alpha will be built by 2028. This gives SpaceX 10 years to test the BFR rocket, send supplies to the Red Planet, and transport humans who will construct the man-made structures.

Space September 25, 2018

NASA Just Tested An Umbrella-Shaped Heatshield That May Soon Be Used On Mars

NASA tested an aeroshell that will be used in future space missions. The device opens like an umbrella, protects its cargo from heat, and slow the descent of the spacecraft to the ground.

Space September 17, 2018

NASA Planning To Build Outpost On Moon In Next Half Decade

NASA has started constructing a lunar outpost that will enable research to be conducted around and on the Moon. The project is expected to be fully operational and host its first human crew in mid-2022.

Space September 12, 2018

US Geological Survey Sets Sights On Mining In Space

US Geological Survey started a large-scale mapping of available resources from the outer space, specifically asteroids, the moon, and Mars. The effort could help future space missions into deep space and supply resources to Earth.

Space September 5, 2018

NASA Launches New Competition To Turn CO2 Into Energy

NASA has launched a contest aiming to crowdsource a design that can convert carbon dioxide into glucose as an energy source. The effort is part of the space agency's plan to send humans to Mars by 2030.

Earth/Environment September 3, 2018

NASA Announces Survival Deadline For Mars Rover Opportunity

Mars has started to get clearer skies after a planet-wide dust storm covered it with a crimson-hued haze. NASA revealed plans to communicate to Opportunity, which has remained silent in the past several weeks.

Space September 3, 2018

Mars Opportunity Rover May Be Down For The Count But NASA Remains Hopeful

NASA remained optimistic that the Opportunity rover will recover after it had gone silent due to a global dust storm on Mars. Scientists say that the vehicle would need sunlight to power back up and send signals to Earth.

Space August 28, 2018

NASA Worries For Mars Opportunity Rover Amid Massive Dust Storm, But All Hope Not Yet Lost

NASA admitted that it may have already lost the Opportunity rover, as it has remained silent since June 10 amid the massive dust storm that has enveloped Mars. However, all hope is not yet lost.

Space August 18, 2018

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