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mars mission advocates see benefits in nasa s lunar exploration plans
With NASA committed to a human return to the moon, Mars exploration advocates say those lunar...
When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death. Planetary astrobiologists has found that after encountering never-before-seen rainfall three...
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When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death.
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We know less about the ground beneath our feet than we do about the surface of Mars, but new research by University of Colorado Boulder geoscientists shines a light on...
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After a comprehensive review of their scientific merits and technical status, the SPC has decided to extend the operation of the five missions led by ESA's Science Programme: Cluster, Gaia, INTEGRAL, Mars Express, and XMM-Newton. The SPC...
Before that happens, we need to recognize that a very real possibility...
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Thanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves — but what does it...
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On Nov. 13, 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit Mars. At the time,...
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Tonight (Nov. 12), National Geographic’s "Mars" series returns for a second season with a captivating premiere. This first episode reflects...
In September of 2016, Elon Musk unveiled his vision for a super-heavy launch vehicle, which would be SpaceX's most ambitious project to...
The ExoMars Landing Site Selection Working Group has recommended Oxia Planum as the landing site for the ESA-Roscosmos rover and surface science platform that will launch to the Red Planet in 2020.
VIDEO Before that happens, we need to recognize that a very real possibility...
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Read an excerpt from the second book in Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut series, "The Fated Sky." The book opens as mathematician-turned-astronaut Elma York...
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In the opening pages of Mary Robinette Kowal's novel, "The Calculating Stars," an asteroid slams into the ocean...
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Some 78 million miles (126 million kilometers) from Earth, alone on the immense and frigid Red Planet, a robot the size of a small 4x4 wakes up just after sunrise. And just as it...
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The moon may be the next space destination for American astronauts, but the frontier of Mars still beckons, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine says.
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National Geographic's "Mars" returns for a second season on Monday (Nov. 12), bringing a blend of extraterrestrial drama and real-life insights about...
In National Geographic's "Mars" docudrama series, a group of pioneers build the first colony on Mars, complete with rovers, helicopters and other tech inspired...
If the weather is clear in your area on Sunday evening on through late next week, you will have an opportunity to see what...
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oxia planum favored for exomars surface mission
The ExoMars Landing Site Selection Working Group has recommended Oxia Planum as the landing site for the ESA-Roscosmos rover and surface science...
scientists capture the sound of sunrise on mars
Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification...
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After suffering a couple technical glitches that put NASA's Curiosity rover off its duties on Mars, the robotic explorer is back to work, having driven to a new...
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VIDEO Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music.
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oxia planum favoured for exomars surface mission
The ExoMars Landing Site Selection Working Group has recommended Oxia Planum as the landing site for the ESA-Roscosmos rover and surface science platform...
A team of researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Exeter, UK, has created the soundtrack of the Martian sunrise captured by...
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curiosity rover on the move again
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drove about 197 feet (60 meters) over the weekend to a site called Lake Orcadie, pushing its total odometry to...
Mariner 9 was the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. It arrived at Mars in 1971 and subsequently our perceptions of the Red Planet.
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By aiming for Mars, 21-year-old Abigail Harrison hopes to inspire young women on Earth to pursue their own dreams.
SpaceX aims to start flight-testing key design components of its Mars-settling spaceship next year,...
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SpaceX aims to start flight-testing key design components of its Mars-settling spaceship next year,...
A new life-support system that can recycle breathable air is being installed at the International Space Station, promising to dramatically decrease the amount of...
On Nov. 7, 1996, NASA launched its Mars Global Surveyor mission. This was the first mission...
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Sometimes, boring is best — and that's certainly true when you're trying to set a lander down on...
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VIDEO The closest place in the universe where extraterrestrial life might exist is...
No doubt about it, NASA explores some of the most awe-inspiring locations in our solar system and beyond. Once seen, who can forget the majesty of astronaut Jim Irwin standing...
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No doubt about it, NASA explores some of the most awe-inspiring locations in our solar system and beyond....
The presence of water on Mars has been theorized for centuries. Early telescopes revealed ice caps, and early astronomers noted channels that were hypothesized to be natural rivers...
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The presence of water on Mars has been theorized for centuries. Early telescopes revealed ice caps, and early astronomers noted channels that were hypothesized to be natural rivers...
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Starman has put a lot of miles on his ride in the last nine months.
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Starman has put a lot of miles on his ride in the last nine months.
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naturally occurring batteries fueled organic carbon synthesis on mars
Mars’ organic carbon may have originated from a series of electrochemical reactions between briny liquids and volcanic minerals,...
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Before Mars became a forbiddingly dry world, water once came and went smoothly on the planet's surface, just as it does here on Earth. Now, scientists...
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NASA has enjoyed a nice run of success landing robots on Mars lately, but that doesn't mean the...
The northeastern rim region of Hellas impact basin, located in the southern hemisphere of Mars, contained numerous ephemeral lakes throughout Mars' history,...
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Mars Society's Robert Zubrin, who has long sought to push humanity toward missions to the Red Planet, has...
On Nov. 1, 1962, the Soviet Union launched the Mars 1 spacecraft...
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Mars Society's Robert Zubrin, who has long sought to push humanity toward...
VIDEO Every Mars landing is a knuckle-whitening feat of engineering. But each attempt has its own quirks based on where a spacecraft is going and what kind of science the mission intends to...
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Mars expert John Grotzinger tells the story of exploration and the search for ancient life on the red planet at the annual Carlson Lecture.
Orson Welles' Oct. 30, 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells tale of alien invasion, startled many listeners who thought Martians...
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On Halloween in 1938, Orson Welles terrified the population of New York and New Jersey with an adaptation of H.G. Well's "War...
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The sources and nature of organic carbon on Mars have been a subject of intense research. Steele et al. (2012) showed that 10 martian meteorites contain macromolecular carbon phases contained...
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Mars' organic carbon may have originated from a series of electrochemical reactions between briny liquids and volcanic minerals, according to new analyses of three Martian meteorites from a team led...
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Organic molecules — compounds that on Earth can be linked with life — encased within meteorites from Mars may have formed on the Red...
NASA has changed its mind about how long it will continue to seek contact with an aging robotic vehicle that was blanketed in a dust storm on Mars...
After months of testing supersonic parachutes, NASA is confident they...
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After months of testing supersonic parachutes, NASA is confident they have found the one.
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VIDEO In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record.
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The clock hasn't run out on NASA's Opportunity Mars rover after all.
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desert test drive for mars rover controlled from 1 000 miles away
A UK-built Mars rover was taken for a test drive in Spain’s Tabernas Desert...
NASA is preparing technology for use on its Mars 2020 rover mission, due to land on the Red Planet in February 2021 — and it's breaking...
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NASA is preparing technology for use on its Mars 2020 rover mission, due to land on the Red Planet in February 2021 — and it's breaking world records...
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Perchlorates can also fuel the metabolism of some microbes
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Since September 13, 2018, ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft has been observing the evolution of a water...
The ExoFiT Mars rover testing team will use a new model called 'Charlie' to test hardware, software and to practise science operations for the future European...
mars 2020 parachute a go
In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record. Less than 2 minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-meter) Black Brant IX...
mars express keeps an eye on curious cloud
Since September 13, ESA’s Mars Express has been observing the evolution of an elongated cloud formation hovering in the vicinity...
One month from today, Mars will welcome a new robotic resident that seeks to probe the planet's innards.
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Since 13 September, ESA's Mars Express has been observing the evolution of an elongated cloud formation hovering in the vicinity of the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet's equator.
a changing crater honouring a renowned mars scientist
The surface of Mars may appear to be perpetually still, but its many features are ever-changing – as represented in...
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For more than a month now, a European orbiter circling Mars has been watching a long, plume-like cloud on the Red Planet.
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NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for more than four months after a major dust storm, but will continue...
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mars express keeps an eye on curious cloud
Since 13 September, ESA’s Mars Express has been observing the evolution of an elongated cloud formation hovering in the vicinity of...
You don't need wheels to explore Mars.
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The zip of electricity in Martian dust storms helps to form the huge amounts of perchlorate found in the planet's soils, according to new research from Washington University in St....
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Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye....
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nasa to soon end active efforts to restore contact with opportunity
NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for...
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Caltech researcher Vlada Stamenković and co-authors calculated that if liquid water exists on the Red Planet,...
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Mars has long been thought of as dry and barren – unable to harbour life. But research over the past few years...
NASA's MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space. Now, MarCO—which stands for Mars Cube One—has Mars in sight.
NASA's MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space. Now, MarCO -- which stands for Mars Cube One -- has Mars...
A tiny Mars-approaching spacecraft has snapped a photo of its target, marking the first time that a cubesat has ever captured an image of the Red Planet.
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nasa s first image of mars from a cubesat
NASA's MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space....
Salty water just below the surface of Mars could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of microbial life that emerged and flourished on Earth billions of years...
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Some pockets of salty water buried just beneath the Martian surface could have enough oxygen to support microbes, and perhaps even simple animal life such as sponges, a...
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NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or...
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is putting its "new" brain to work a bit while mission team members try to fix a memory issue with the "old" one.
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minerals of the world unite
Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it...
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On Oct. 19, 2016, the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission arrived at Mars! See how it happened in...
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Nonbinding vote seems to endorse ambitious traverse
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NASA's InSight Mars lander carries a five-fingered metallic claw at the end of its robotic arm that's crucial to the robot's mission. Here's how that claw will work.
Spaceflight experts talked about the romance and danger of someday traveling to Mars during a panel at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
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When Australian scientists presented evidence in 2016 of life on Earth 3.7 billon years ago—pushing the record back 220 million years—it was a big deal, influencing even the search for life on Mars.
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The idea of exploring and colonizing Mars has never been more alive than it is today. Within the next two decades, there...
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Colonizing Mars Means Contaminating Mars — And Never Knowing For Sure If It Had Its Own Native Life
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Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars
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Colonizing Mars means contaminating Mars – and never knowing for sure if it had its own native life
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Five things to know about InSight's Mars landing
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Mars 2020 parachute is a 'go'
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