Mars
T-minus one year and counting for Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 37 minutes
The launch period for NASA's Mars 2020 rover opens exactly one year from today, July 17, 2020, and extends through Aug. 5, 2020. The mission will launch from Cape Canaveral... more
Red wine's resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today's tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, Harvard researchers are asking: how do we make sure the winners... more
Opinion: Young Americans deserve a 21st-century moonshot to Mars  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
"Hidden Figures" and "First Man" were arguably the most inspirational space-themed movies of the last several years. Both, though, had to reach back to the glory days of John Glenn... more
A Material Way to Make Mars Habitable  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of... more
Poll: 50 Years After Apollo 11, More Americans Now Back Mars Landing  SPACE.COM · 2 days
Americans are more willing to pay for a mission that would land an astronaut on Mars, a Gallup poll conducted in the lead-up to... more
SpaceX to Let Its 'Starhopper' Starship Prototype Off Its Leash Soon  SPACE.COM · 2 days
The Starhopper spacecraft, a prototype of SpaceX's Starship Mars vehicle, is scheduled to make its first untethered test flight soon. more
SpaceX May Let Its 'Starhopper' Starship Prototype Off Its Leash Today  SPACE.COM · 2 days
The Starhopper spacecraft, a prototype of SpaceX's Starship Mars vehicle, is scheduled to make its first untethered test flight July 16, company founder and CEO Elon... more
Live Now! NASA Chief Talks Apollo 11, Moon and Mars  SPACE.COM · 3 days
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is discussing the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing live, as well as the agency's plan to return to the moon in... more
A material way to make Mars habitable  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
New research suggest that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material -- silica aerogel -- that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect. Through modeling and experiments, the researchers show that... more
How We Could Make Mars Habitable, One Patch of Ground at a Time  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Transforming Mars into a life-friendly world doesn't have to be a herculean, planet-wide effort. more
NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Seen from Space  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
NASA’s Curiosity rover was imaged on Mars on May 31, 2019, by the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera aboard the... more
Silica aerogel could make Mars habitable  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of the realm of science fiction to propose terraforming. In a 1971 paper, Sagan suggested... more
Researcher sees potential for ancient life on Martian surface  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Photos taken by the Mars Curiosity rover may show a desolate rocky landscape to some, but to Penn State researcher Christopher House, the photos show potential for ancient life. more
Image: HiRISE spots Curiosity rover at Mars' Woodland Bay  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A dramatic Martian landscape can be seen in a new image taken from space, showing NASA's Curiosity rover examining a location called "Woodland Bay." It's just one of many stops... more
From Apollo to Mars: The Evolution of Spacesuits  SPACE.COM · 5 days
Often overshadowed by the weight of the historic achievement itself, the most obvious feature of the Apollo 11 photographs is one of the most critical pieces of spaceflight equipment — their spacesuits. more
Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid... more
Image: Martian meteorite on Earth calibrates camera bound for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Exhibit 0102.226 may look like just a rock, but this dark and patchy mass is actually a piece of Mars, ejected when an asteroid or comet struck the... more
For climbing robots, the sky's the limit  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Robots can drive on the plains and craters ofMars, but what if we could explore cliffs, polar caps and other hard-to-reach places on the Red Planet and beyond? Designed by engineers at NASA's Jet... more
Mars Astronauts Could Tote Inflatable Heat Shield to Ease Landings  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Landing humans on Mars will require the heaviest payload ever sent to the Red Planet, which is why NASA plans to test out an inflatable decelerator in space... more
Mars Astronauts Could Tote Inflatable Decelerator to Ease Landings  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Landing humans on Mars will require the heaviest payload ever sent to the Red Planet, which is why NASA plans to test out an inflatable decelerator in space in 2022. more
Upside-down, 3-D-printed skin and bone for Mars explorers  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
3-D printing human tissue could help keep astronauts healthy all the way to Mars. An ESA project has produced its first bioprinted skin and bone samples. more
Footprints on the Moon and cemeteries on Mars: Interview with space archaeologist Alice Gorman  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
There is a lot of documentation about what's been left on the moon—but it's amazing how much we don't know. more
Mars Astronauts Could Tote Inflatable Landing Pad to Ease Descent  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Landing humans on Mars will require the heaviest payload ever sent to the Red Planet, which is why NASA plans to test out an inflatable decelerator in space... more
PLAYMOBIL Playsets Harness Your Child's Excitement For Space  SPACE.COM · 1 week
Space is a perfect way to introduce kids to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), especially when they can pretend to be Martian astronauts in their spare time! more
Five Reasons Future Space Travel Should Explore Asteroids  SPACE.COM · 1 week
While the world reflects on the first flight to the moon and our future on Mars, we think asteroids — the so-called "minor planets" — deserve recognition. more
NASA Announces a Dozen Science and Tech Experiments to Scout the Moon  SPACE.COM · 1 week
NASA wants to practice for a potential future human mission to Mars by investigating how astronauts would fare on the moon. more
ESA’s Mars Express Spots Dust Storms at Martian North Pole  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has observed several local and regional dust storms brewing at the north... more
Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA's Mars Express has been keeping an eye on local and regional dust storms brewing at the north pole of the Red Planet over the last month, watching as they... more
Red Planet Dust Storms Rage in Mars Express Photos  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
It's dust-storm season in northern Mars, as a series of newly released photos makes very clear. more
Methane Vanishing on Mars: Aarhus Researchers Propose New Mechanism as an Explanation  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The processes behind the release and consumption of methane on Mars have been discussed since methane was measured for the first time for approx.... more
Trump Lauds Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Promises American Flag on Mars  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
President Trump just honored the United States' crowning spaceflight achievement, and stressed that the nation will make an even bigger leap in the coming years. more
Slow progress: NASA's still trying to get inSight's Mole working again  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The InSight lander has been on Mars for 213 Sols on its mission to understand the interior of the red planet. It's armed with a seismometer,... more
NASA Selects New Teams to Study the Moon, Mars, Asteroids and More  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
NASA selected eight new research teams to study the moon, near-Earth asteroids and the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos. more
Asteroid Vesta originates from a cosmic 'hit-and-run' collision  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter preserves the processes of planetary formation, frozen in time. Vesta, the second largest asteroid in this belt, provides an outstanding opportunity for scientists to investigate... more
Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA’s Mars Express has been keeping an eye on local and regional dust storms brewing at the north... more
Artificial gravity breaks free from science fiction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Artificial gravity has long been the stuff of science fiction. Picture the wheel-shaped ships from films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Martian, imaginary craft that generate their own gravity by spinning around... more
European Mars Lander Suffers Parachute Damage in Test  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Development of a European-Russian Mars lander suffered a setback when the spacecraft’s parachutes malfunctioned in a recent test, but project officials said they still have time to correct the problem before its... more
European Mars lander suffers parachute damage in test  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Development of a European-Russian Mars lander suffered a setback when the spacecraft’s parachutes malfunctioned in a recent test, but project... more
Methane vanishing on Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Wind-driven erosion of minerals on Mars may be the reason why methane disappears so rapidly on the red planet. Saltation causes electrical charges, that can oxidize minerals and ionize gases like methane, making the ionized methane bond to the minerals.... more
Methane vanishing on Mars: Researchers propose new mechanism as an explanation  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Scientists have proposed a previously overlooked physical-chemical process that can explain the rapid disappearance of methane from Mars' atmosphere. more
Methane vanishing on Mars: Researchers propose new mechanism as an explanation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The processes behind the release and consumption of methane on Mars have been discussed since methane was measured for the first time for approximately 15 years... more
InSight Team Gets Look at Stuck 'Mole' on Mars  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The InSight Mars lander team is "elated" that the robot succeeded in lifting away the support structure surrounding stuck burrowing heat probe. more
InSight Team Pulls Stuck 'Mole' Out of Mars for Troubleshooting  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The InSight Mars lander team is "elated" that a digging apparatus has been removed from the ground after being unable to further probe the Red Planet. more
Landing the Mars 2020 rover: Autopilot will avoid terrain hazards autonomously  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The view of the Sea of Tranquility rising up to meet Neil Armstrong during the first astronaut landing on the Moon was not what Apollo 11... more
Learning how to protect astronauts from space radiation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
There is little known about the effects of space radiation on the human body. Astronauts cannot see or feel it, yet the high doses they are exposed to outside Earth's cocoon pose... more
TESS Mission Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool, nearby... more
Inflatable decelerator will hitch a ride on the JPSS-2 satellite  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An inflatable decelerator technology that could one day help humans land on Mars will fly on the same Atlas V rocket as the JPSS-2 satellite. more
InSight Mars lander uncovers the 'mole'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Behold the "mole": The heat-sensing spike that NASA's InSight lander deployed on the Martian surface is now visible. Last week, the spacecraft's robotic arm successfully removed the support structure of the mole, which has been unable... more
Radiation sensitive  ESA · 2 weeks
There is little known about the effects of space radiation on the human body. Astronauts cannot see or feel it, yet the high doses they are exposed to outside Earth’s cocoon pose... more
Earth to Mars in 100 days: The power of nuclear rockets  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The solar system is a really big place, and it takes forever to travel from world to world with traditional chemical rockets. But one technique developed... more
Image: Mars 2020 rover's seven-foot-long robotic arm installed  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In this image, taken on June 21, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install the main robotic arm on the Mars 2020 rover. (A smaller arm to handle... more
NASA's New Exoplanet-Hunting Telescope Has Spotted Its Tiniest Alien World Yet  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
NASA's new exoplanet-hunting telescope has discovered its smallest planet yet: a world somewhere between the sizes of Earth and its smaller sister, Mars. more
Spores in Space: Mold Can Withstand Radiation Doses That Would Kill a Human  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Scientists zapped mold spores in a laboratory and concluded that two types of fungus could survive a journey to the moon or... more
ExoMars 2020: progress and challenges  ESA · 3 weeks
The full parachute system that will help deliver the ExoMars rover and a surface science platform to the martian surface has completed a full-scale high-altitude deployment... more
SuperCam instrument integrated on NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The French/American SuperCam instrument has been delivered early June to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has been integrated this week on NASA's Mars 2020 rover. The French space agency, CNES, together with... more
NASA's TESS mission finds its smallest planet yet  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool, nearby star. The planet, called L 98-59b, marks the tiniest discovered... more
A chaos found only on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The cracked, uneven, jumbled landscape seen in this image from ESA's Mars Express forms an intriguing type of terrain that cannot be found on Earth: chaotic terrain. more
A chaos found only on Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
 The cracked, uneven, jumbled landscape seen in this image from ESA’s Mars Express forms an intriguing type of terrain that cannot be found on... more
Low-temperature aqueous alteration of Martian zircon during the late Amazonian period  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Many accounts at present support the presence of liquid water on Mars, where hydrated minerals testify to past processes of aqueous weathering in Martian meteorites such... more
Ice-squeezed aquifers might create marsquakes  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
As the Mars InSight lander begins listening to the interior of Mars, some scientists are already proposing that some marsquakes could be signals of groundwater beneath the frozen surface of the Red Planet. more
Santorini volcano, a new terrestrial analogue of Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Greek island of Santorini is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, but 3,600 years ago it suffered one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history.... more
Research resets timeline for life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Western researchers, leading an international team, have shown that the first 'real chance' of Mars developing life started early, 4.48 billion years ago, when giant, life-inhibiting meteorites stopped striking the Red Planet. The findings... more
Curiosity Detects Transient Methane Plume on Mars  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) tunable laser spectrometer onboard Curiosity last week detected surprisingly high levels of the gas methane at... more
Dried Earth microbes could grow on Mars with just a little humidity  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Showing that salt-loving bacteria can double their numbers after absorbing damp air has implications for life on other planets. more
Mars May Have Escaped Life-Threatening Impacts Early On  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
A storm of cosmic impacts may have ended relatively early on Mars, suggesting that the Red Planet was habitable longer than scientists previously thought, a new study finds. more
More Mars Methane: Curiosity Rover Spots Biggest Surge Yet  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
NASA's Curiosity rover has sniffed out another spike of the potentially life-indicating gas methane, and this one is the biggest yet. more
Curiosity Rover finds high levels of methane on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A team working with NASA to study data the Mars Curiosity Rover has found high levels of methane at a site on the Red Planet. The existence of methane is,... more
China's Moon, Mars and Space Station Missions May be Facing Delays  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
China's major space missions including a lunar sample return, Mars orbiter and rover and a modular space station could be facing delays due to an apparent... more
Experiments with Salt-Tolerant Bacteria in Brine Have Implications for Life on Mars  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Salt-tolerant bacteria grown in brine were able to revive after the brine was put through a cycle of drying and rewetting. The research has... more
On This Day in Space! June 22, 2000: Possible Evidence of Liquid Found on Mars  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
On June 22, 2000, NASA announced possible evidence of present-day liquid water on Mars. See how it happened... more
Experiments with salt-tolerant bacteria in brine have implications for life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Salt-tolerant bacteria grown in brine were able to revive after the brine was put through a cycle of drying and rewetting. The research has... more
Mars 2020 rover gets its wheels  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In this image, taken on June 13, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install the starboard legs and wheels—otherwise known as the mobility suspension—on the Mars 2020 rover. They installed the port... more
Small satellite concept finalists target moon, Mars and beyond  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
NASA has selected three finalists among a dozen concepts for future small satellites. The finalists include a 2022 robotic mission to study two asteroid systems, twin spacecraft to study the... more
Call from Mars winners shortlisted  ESA · 4 weeks
Eleven finalists have been chosen to have their recordings sent to the Red Planet on the ExoMars 2020 mission. The joint ESA-Roscosmos mission will investigate, among... more
Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
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
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Live Now! NASA Chief Talks Apollo 11, Moon and Mars
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For climbing robots, the sky's the limit
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Upside-down 3D-printed skin and bone, for humans to Mars
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Artificial gravity breaks free from science fiction
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Landing the Mars 2020 rover: Autopilot will avoid terrain hazards autonomously
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Earth to Mars in 100 days: The power of nuclear rockets
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Research resets timeline for life on Mars
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Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere
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