Mars
Dormant Viruses Activate During Spaceflight, NASA Investigates  ASTRO WATCH · 4 hours
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published... more
Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Spectacular Images  ASTRO WATCH · 4 hours
Three years ago, on 14 March 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the "ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter" spacecraft.... more
Trembling aspen leaves could save future Mars rovers  nanowerk · 10 hours
Researchers have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up... more
Mini tremors detected on Mars for first time  Science Magazine · 11 hours
Faint “microseisms” may help scientists understand the Red Planet’s subsurface more
A Weird Powder Puzzle on the Martian Moon Phobos May Be Solved  SPACE.COM · 16 hours
The eccentric orbit of the Martian moon Phobos could drive the flow of powder across its surface, a new study finds, shedding light on... more
Trembling aspen leaves could save future Mars rovers  SCIENCE DAILY · 18 hours
Researchers have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up... more
Trembling aspen leaves could save future Mars rovers  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Researchers at the University of Warwick have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and... more
Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk... more
Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with... more
Opportunity's Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Over 29 days last spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become... more
A NASA spacecraft may have explored the edges of an early Mars sea in 1997  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA's first rover mission to Mars, the Pathfinder, imaged an extraterrestrial marine spillover landscape 22 years ago, according... more
NASA Releases Opportunity Rover’s Final Photos of Mars  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
After eight months of effort and sending more than a thousand commands in an attempt to restore contact with the... more
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS returns spectacular images  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. The camera system has been observing Mars from its primary... more
Mars image bounty  ESA · 5 days
Showcase of the ExoMars orbiter’s imaging capabilities more
NASA Budget, Jim Bridenstine Begin Detailing Moon Mission  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
President Donald Trump‘s 2020 budget fully funds NASA’s newly redirected mission of heading to the moon and then to Mars... more
Martian meteorites land at Army lab  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA officials say that some rare and distinct meteorites found on Earth were actually blasted off Mars by a large impact event. One such rock from the red planet made its way to an Army laboratory... more
Opportunity's parting shot was a beautiful panorama  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Over 29 days last spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final resting spot in Perseverance Valley. Located on the inner slope... more
Cleaning Mars parachute  ESA · 6 days
Technology image of the week: A test version of the main ExoMars 2020 parachute being heat treated in an ESA oven to make it sterile enough for the Red Planet more
Rehearsing for the Mars landings in Hawaii and Idaho  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Imagine astronauts on Mars, tasked with picking rock samples that will be used by scientists to search for signs of life. But they can only transport a limited number back... more
Researchers Outline Goals for Collecting and Studying Samples from Mars  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
A new paper published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science describes the results of a major collaboration... more
Planetary Researchers Map Potential Sources of Martian Water  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Future manned trips to Mars will require on-site resources, including water, and planetary scientists from a project called ‘Subsurface Water... more
SWIM project maps potential sources of Mars water  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Missions carrying humans to Mars will require on-site resources, and a project led by Planetary Science Institute (PSI) scientists Nathaniel Putzig and Gareth Morgan is mapping the availability of potential shallow water-ice... more
Mars InSight Lander's 'Mole' Pauses Digging  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
NASA's Mars InSight lander has a probe designed to dig up to 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface and measure heat coming from... more
Simulated extravehicular activity science operations for Mars exploration  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new study describes the Science Operations component and new results from NASA's Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT). The goal of BASALT was to provide evidence-based recommendations for future... more
Goals for collecting and studying samples from Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new article defines specific scientific objectives for a Mars Sample Return campaign, to describe the critical measurements that would need to be done on returned samples to address the objectives, and... more
Scientists tackle major challenges to sending astronauts to search for life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers, which includes scientists from McMaster's School of Geography & Earth Sciences, NASA, and others, is tackling one... more
Researchers outline goals for collecting and studying samples from Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Returning samples from the surface of Mars has been a high-priority goal of the international Mars exploration community for many years. Although randomly collected samples would be potentially... more
Ancient Mars Had Planet-Wide Groundwater System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Observations by ESA’s Mars Express orbiter show evidence of an ancient planet-wide groundwater system on the Red Planet. “Early Mars was a watery world,... more
Good luck 'Mole'—experiment starts hammering into the Martian soil  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
On 28 February 2019, 'Mole' fully automatically hammered its way into the Martian subsurface for the first time. In a first step, it penetrated to a depth between 18 and... more
New Moon/Mars Mission in Progress at HI-SEAS Habitat  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The six-member crew at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat on the... more
Clues to Martian Life Found in Chilean Desert  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface... more
First Evidence of Planet-wide Groundwater System on Mars  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Mars Express has revealed the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath... more
Fit for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Rovers are versatile explorers on the surface of other planets, but they do need some training before setting off. A model of Rosalind Franklin rover that will be sent to Mars in 2021 is scouting the Atacama Desert, in Chile,... more
First evidence of planet-wide groundwater system on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Mars Express has revealed the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath the Red Planet's surface, five of which may contain minerals crucial to... more
Fit for Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
Rovers are versatile explorers on the surface of other planets, but they do need some training before setting off. A model of Rosalind Franklin rover that will be sent to... more
Astronauts Assemble Tools to Test Space Tech  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
Technology drives exploration for future human missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. For spacecraft to journey farther and live longer, we’ll... more
Clues to Martian life found in Chilean desert  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life. The... more
First evidence of planet-wide groundwater system on Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
Mars Express has revealed the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath... more
An Exploding Asteroid Blasted Across Mars' Surface in the Last 10 Years  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Sometime in the last decade, something heavy slammed into the Martian atmosphere and blasted apart into a hard rain of superheated material. more
InSight Lands Praise and a Proclamation from LA County  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
Several members of the Mars InSight team accepted a proclamation on behalf of the mission from L.A. County... more
NASA unlikely to return Mars samples in the 2020s  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Despite a new emphasis on a streamlined, “lean” sample return architecture, a NASA official says it’s unlikely that... more
How scientists are piecing together the history of the moon  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In the solar system's early days, a first Earth is thought to have been pulverised by a planet that scientists call Theia. We don't know what it was... more
X-rays might be a better way to communicate in space  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In the coming years, thousands of satellites, several next-generation space telescopes and even a few space habitats are expected to be launched into orbit. Beyond Earth, multiple missions... more
NASA Selects Experiments for Possible Lunar Flights in 2019  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
NASA has selected 12 science and technology demonstration payloads to fly to the Moon as early as the... more
Planning for Extra Hera Flyby  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
ESA’s proposed Hera mission will already visit two asteroids: the Didymos binary pair. The Hera team hopes to boost that number by performing a flyby of... more
After a reset, Сuriosity is operating normally  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA's Curiosity rover is busy making new discoveries on Mars. The rover has been climbing Mount Sharp since 2014 and recently reached a clay region that may offer new clues about the ancient Martian... more
New International Moon/Mars Mission Launched at HI-SEAS Habitat  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
A two-week mission to perform scientific experiments and test technological instruments needed for the future exploration of the Moon or... more
Signs of ancient flowing water on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
These images from ESA's Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that hint at a warmer, wetter past for the Red Planet. more
Signs of ancient flowing water on Mars  ESA · 4 weeks
These images from ESA’s Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that... more
Mars Weather: Daily Reports from NASA’s InSight Lander  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Beginning Tuesday, February 19, 2019, NASA’s InSight lander will provide a daily report of atmospheric weather conditions on Mars. This... more
InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
No matter how cold your winter has been, it's probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself: Starting today, the public... more
And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter. more
Mars’ lake may need an underground volcano to exist  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 weeks
If a lake under Martian ice is real, there must be a subsurface magma pool to keep conditions warm enough for water to remain liquid, scientists say. more
Getting to Mars may happen only if we can grow food in space  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Decades after the last human set foot on the moon, NASA is contemplating setting up a permanent base there or sending astronauts... more
How Teamwork Could Make or Break NASA Mars Mission  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Northwestern University researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew... more
Self-driving rovers explore Moroccan desert, shooting for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Ever since the first successful landing on Mars in the 1970s, scientists have striven to deepen their knowledge of the red planet's surface. The first successful rover, the Sojourner, was deployed on... more
Weak spots for Mission to Mars revealed  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off problems that could make or break the Mission to Mars. more
Study of analog crews in isolation reveals weak spots for Mission to Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Northwestern University researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off... more
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