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Tags results for 'Mars'

NASA powers up Orion spacecraft for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Orion will be able to take humans farther than we’ve ever been before, eventually even to Mars.

India launches spacecraft to Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2013 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
India has successfully launched a spacecraft to the Red Planet - with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach Mars.

Mars Orbiter Mission now halfway to moon

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The mission successfully completes fifth orbit raising manoeuvre.

Nasa's Maven Mars mission launches

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The US space agency's (Nasa) Maven mission has set off for Mars.

Indian probe begins journey to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2013 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
India's mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is due to reach Mars on 24 September next year.

Spacex to test reusable stage combustion raptor rocket engine in 2014

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2013 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
"reusable methane combustion engines that will power the next generation of SpaceX launch vehicles designed for the colonization of Mars.”

How many satellite launches does it take to get to Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 7th Dec, 2013 03:12 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's launch this week leaves a long road to getting humans to other planets.

Inmarsat begins Global Xpress roll-out

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2013 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The roll-out has begun for Britain's single biggest commercial space project.

Mars One will work with Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology for a 2018 robotic mission

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2013 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The Mars One Roadmap is to land a crew on Mars in 2025.

Water seems to flow freely on Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2013 04:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Dark streaks that hint at seasonally flowing water have been spotted near the equator of Mars. The potentially habitable oases are enticing targets for research.

NASA's Plan To Deal With Pesky Moon Dust

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2013 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Moon dust is dangerous. Each mote is like a tiny shard of glass, there’s no wind or rain to soften the edges of lunar soil.

Mars: First Radiation Measurements from Planet’s Surface

Posted in Science on 29th Dec, 2013 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
The measurements provide crucial information for human missions to Mars.

Xenon ion and water cubesat engines for interplanetary cubesats with costs ten thousand times less

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket propulsion system powered by the Sun and water, which will push small spacecraft far beyond the Earth.

Mars One Narrows List Of Wannabe Martians For 2025 Colony

Posted in Science on 3rd Jan, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A private company hoping to populate Mars has narrowed its applicant pool by 99.5 percent.

Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo manned mission to the moon

Posted in Business on 8th Jan, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Golden Spike has detailed plans for a lunar return using existing assets.

Mars mystery rock that "appeared" from nowhere is "like nothing we’ve ever seen before"

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts said they were “completely confused” by both the origins and makeup of the object.

Elon Musk could start making superlarge Mars colonization rocket in about 2024

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
“We’ve got to restore American ability to transport astronauts with domestic vehicles, and that’s what we hope to do in about two years."

NASA wants to help private companies mine the moon

Posted in Business on 12th Feb, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
To keep its gaze focused on the stars, NASA has had to change up its game of late. Private corporations, rather than NASA itself, now resupply the International Space Station.

Winter in the Antarctic Shows What It Will Take to Live on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Concordia station offers the isolation and hardships explorers will face on the Red Planet.

Mars meteorite hints at life on the red planet

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
With each passing year and every Mars mission, we find more evidence that life might have existed on the red planet.

NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2014 01:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite is reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.

Massive impact sent Martian meteorites to Earth

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
We've found over 100 meteorites here on Earth that originate from Mars. But how did they get here?

NASA plans Mars Sample-Return Mission in 2022 with modified SpaceX Dragon capsule

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2014 04:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have blueprinted a low-cost Mars sample-return mission that would use a souped-up Dragon capsule from SpaceX.

SpaceX Wants to Send a Positively Massive Rocket to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is testing the waters with its new Raptor engine. It could be the engine that, if Elon Musk gets his wish, propels the first colonists to Mars.

Mysterious New Gully Spotted on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2014 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Exactly what caused this Red Planet rivulet remains a mystery.

This startup is test-driving buildings for a Martian colony in 2024

Posted in Hardware on 27th Mar, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon, we’ll be able to gauge what life might be like on Mars, despite never having landed a human being on the planet’s surface.

Europe begins Mars site selection

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2014 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) has published the "longlist" of eight sites it is considering as a destination for the ExoMars rover.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The Martian surface is inhospitable today, but is thought to have once been favorable to life.

NASA outlines the path for getting humans to Mars

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2014 01:23 AM
by AlexMuller
This new plan outlines what steps we’ll take on the path to human exploration on Mars, making it a reality within the next 15 to 20 years.

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover starts drilling again

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
It is almost a year since Curiosity last turned its drill on Mars.

Bacteria from Earth can easily colonize Mars

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2014 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Bacteria from Earth could quickly colonize the surface of Mars, according to new research conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA wants to plant a garden on Mars by 2021

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2014 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Dubbed the Mars Plant Experiment (MPX), NASA would like to see if it could get a few flowers to grow while subjected to Martian radiation.

Curiosity Took 65 Bacteria Species On Trip To Mars

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
It's not known whether any of those Earthly critters survived the journey to Mars.

Construction of New Mars Lander Approved for 2016 Mission

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2014 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and its international partners have been given the green light to begin construction on a new Mars lander to be launched in 2016.

Wireless broadband can reach the moon, and maybe Mars

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Thanks to a group of researches from MIT and NASA, this kind of connectivity could be within the realms of possibility.

A habitable environment on Martian volcano?

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
The Martian volcano Arsia Mons may have been home to one of the most recent habitable environments yet found on the Red Planet, geologists say.

NASA Plans To Send People To Mars By 2035

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2014 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has recommitted itself to landing humans on Mars by 2035, but has admitted that this is a project that will require the world to work together.

NASA Test Bed for Growing Earth Life on Mars to be developed

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A device for studying the survival of terrestrial life forms on the surface of Mars.

Spacex Dragon could land on Mars with a mission under the NASA Discovery Program

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
One of NASAs long standing interests has been to robotically drill deeply into Mars' subsurface environment.

A private Mars mission intends to get samples of Mars rock before NASA does

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2014 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has a plan to get us to Mars, but even getting samples of rocks back from the red planet could take decades.

Students will send time capsule to Mars

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A group of students want to greet the first Mars human colonists with a time capsule by collecting photos, videos, audio clips, and messages to send to the planet by 2017.

Nasa 'flying saucer' tests Mars tech

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2014 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A US space agency (NASA) experiment on Saturday to test future Mars landing technologies proved largely successful.

From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
India’s recent launch of a spacecraft to Mars was a remarkable feat, but the $75 million mission’s thrifty approach is getting all the attention.

NASA Asteroid Initiative Funds 20 Companies To Capture Asteroid And Bring To The Moon

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:23 AM
by AlexMuller
$4.9 million dollars for the Asteroid Initiative with the goal of capturing and bringing an asteroid to Earth’s moon.

NASA OK’s spending on a new rocket built for deep space exploration

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The Space Launch System project will take us back to the moon, to mars, and even beyond.

Geologist says that Curiosity rover's images show Earth-like soils on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Soil deep in a crater dating to some 3.7 billion years ago contains evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter.

The future of space: Will we see a new space race?

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2014 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
US Eyes Asteroids as Other Nations Shoot for the Moon.

NASA seeks commercial satellites to talk to Mars

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2014 04:41 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is investigating using private satellites to provide communications into the 2020s between Earth and the fleet of exploration probes operating on and around Mars.

Mars 2020 rover will pave the way for future manned missions

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Nasa's next Martian rover will attempt to make oxygen on the surface of the red planet when it lands there in 2021.

Mars Opportunity Rover sets off-world driving record

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has taken the record for the greatest distance traveled on another planetary body.

NASA will send a system to extract oxygen from the Mars Atmosphere in 2020

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA plans to make oxygen, a central ingredient of rocket fuel, on Mars early in the next decade.

NASA Approves Construction of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 29th Aug, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
For all the otherworldly space vehicle concepts that NASA engineers dream up, only a small percentage of them ever make it off the drawing board and onto the production line.

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

Posted in Science on 10th Sep, 2014 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.

Curiosity reaches Mount Sharp

Posted in Science on 13th Sep, 2014 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Mount Sharp will be the centerpiece of a new program of study to locate areas which could or once could have supported microbial life on Mars.

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft prepares for orbital insertion

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Achieving a stable orbit around the Red Planet would be the culmination of a 10-month voyage, during which the robotic explorer traveled 442 million miles.

India's Mars satellite 'Mangalyaan' sends first images

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2014 06:14 PM
by AlexMuller
India's space agency has released its first picture of Mars, taken by its satellite which entered orbit around the Red Planet on Wednesday.

Curiosity Mars rover drills into base of Mount Sharp

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2014 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope the chemistry of the rocks at the base of this mountain will reveal new details about the environmental history of Mars.

Four sites vie for European ExoMars landing

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2014 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency has identified the four locations on Mars where it could send a rover in 2018.

Elon Musk believes colonizing Mars will save humanity

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk says that he's fighting to colonize Mars because he feels he must do all he can to keep the flame of humanity alive.

Mars One design not feasible, MIT researchers find

Posted in Business on 16th Oct, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a detailed settlement analysis tool to assess the feasibility of the Mars One plans to establish the first human colony on Mars by 2025.

MAVEN spacecraft provides look at Martian upper atmosphere

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2014 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
MAVEN’s main mission is to study the effect of the Sun on the Martian atmosphere and has hit the ground running.

NASA looks to SpaceX for Mars landing tips

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The powered landing capability of SpaceX's Falcon 9 makes it a good test bed for studying how to land on Mars

Will cosmic rays threaten Mars One, and other deep-space astronaut projects?

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Crewed missions to Mars such as Mars One may face dangerous levels of cosmic rays (energetic particles), according to a new paper.

NASA seeks proposals for deep space missions

Posted in Science on 1st Nov, 2014 08:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The proposals are designed to support NASA's deep space missions, such as that which Orion will carry out.

NASA and Lockheed Martin Say That the Orion Spacecraft is Complete

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft.

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2014 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers have volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?

China plans Mars mission For 2020, a new space race could be heating up

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2014 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Most people assume that if and when humans do land on Mars, it will be with a NASA logo on their arm. You might want to think again.

Lockheed Martin begins Insight Mars lander final assembly

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Scheduled to launch in 2016, the unmanned InSight probe will be the first deep-drilling mission sent to the Red Planet.

Ministers to chart Ariane rocket's future

Posted in Business on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Key decisions on Europe's capability and activity in space will be taken by research ministers on Tuesday.

UK lead role in Mars mission

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has announced the UK will play the "lead role" in Europe's ExoMars mission to the Red Planet.

Orion 'Mars ship' launch postponed

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 02:53 AM
by AlexMuller
The first test flight of the US space agency's Orion "Mars ship" has been postponed, amid technical issues.

Orion is a Triumph. Let's Not Waste It

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2014 09:51 PM
by AlexMuller
The current plan is to lasso a small asteroid with a robotic ship and put it in orbit around the moon.

Curiosity Mars rover 'solves mountain riddle'

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2014 09:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists working on NASA's Curiosity rover think they can now explain why there is a huge mountain at the robot's landing site in Mars's Gale Crater.

NASA's Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2014 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Methane on the Red Planet is intriguing because here on Earth, 95% of the gas comes from microbial organisms.

Organic matter detected on Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Curiosity rover has made definitive detection of organic molecules, but there’s not enough evidence to tell if it came from ancient Martian life or from a non-biological process.

More on the search for possible life on Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere and detected other organic molecules in a rock sample collected by the robotic drill.

MAVEN uncovers secrets of Martian atmosphere loss

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars is regarded as the most Earth-like of the planets in the Solar System, but its atmosphere is only 0.6 percent as dense as Earth's and is constantly leaking into space.

We Found a New and Cheaper Way to Get to Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:31 AM
by AlexMuller
There are reasons why getting from Earth to Mars is hard, among them are 1) the massive amount of fuel needed and 2) a launch window that is limited to every 26 months.

2014: It's been a busy year in space

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2014 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
In a mixture of triumph and tragedy, space exploration reached new horizons, tested new technologies, and pushed the limits of possibility.

4 ways spacefaring microbes could mess with the solar system

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2014 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they are also sending thousands of bacteria along with it.

NASA to hack the Mars rover Opportunity in order to fix 'amnesia' fault

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2015 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Opportunity, which has been exploring Mars for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems.

Growing greens on the Red Planet

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2015 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
When the first living visitor from Earth lands on Mars we might well expect it to be a man or a woman, but if students have their way, it could be one small step for a lettuce.

NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2015 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Inflatable heat shields could help spacecraft reach the high-altitude southern plains of Mars and other areas that would otherwise be inaccessible under existing technology.

Sandstone structures on Mars look much like structures created by microbes on Earth

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The early history of Mars seems to have been very similar to that of Earth, especially with respect to the ancient hydrosphere.

Elon Musk Eyes Seattle HQ for Mars Planning

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The SpaceX boss promised details about a Mars transport system towards the end of this year.

Lost Beagle2 probe found 'intact' on Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact.

Musk spills details on SpaceX's internet venture

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk doesn't only plan to bring the whole world online using a fleet of low-cost communication satellites, he also wants to use the same infrastructure to provide internet on Mars.

Should we use helicopter drones to fly across Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2015 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept for an unmanned helicopter to fly through the skies of Mars.

The US is Planning How to Regulate the Moon

Posted in Business on 4th Feb, 2015 04:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The US's Federal Aviation Administration will extend its framework for licensing space launches to licensing developments on the Moon.

Mysterious haze in Mars' atmosphere baffles scientists

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2015 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A mysterious haze high above Mars has left scientists scratching their heads.

The Search for Life on Mars Could Be Dooming Itself by Accident

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
When Curiosity goes looking for organic molecules, it vaporises rock and sniffs the gas that comes out. The plan could be going awry due to a mineral called jarosite.

Mars Express images help decipher the geological history of the Red Planet

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has provided a fresh look at a region believed to be hiding large volumes of water ice just beneath the surface.

The first people on Mars could be in for a serious case of jet lag

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Sleep scientists now worry that our Earthly circadian rhythms could be one more major headache for the first humans on Mars.

Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that Mars was once hit by an asteroid so large that it melted nearly half of the planet’s surface.

NASA finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2015 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A huge primitive ocean once covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say.

Lockheed Martin previews next generation space cargo ships

Posted in Hardware on 15th Mar, 2015 05:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Lockheed Martin has provided a glimpse at the next generation of commercial spacecraft.

Scientists fly kites on Earth to study Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A kite, equipped with off-the-shelf instruments such as a camera, a GPS, and orientation sensors, can scan the terrain from high above.

'Northern lights' auroras observed on Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A NASA spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has detected a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Possible fatty acid detected on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A fatty acid might be among the molecules discovered on Mars by Curiosity. However, it's not possible yet to determine if the compound has a biological or non-biological origin.

Martian Microbes Could Be Eating Carbon Monoxide From the Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2015 08:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Good news for the possibility of life on Mars.

Russia wants to build a replacement for the Space Station, but NASA is looking to Mars

Posted in Business on 30th Mar, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's Roscosmos space agency claimed that it is working with NASA on a replacement for the International Space Station.

Mars beckons for European satellite

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite Europe will be sending to Mars early next year is about to undergo its final test programme.

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Engine

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA announced it will partner with companies to create more advanced space technology, including a new engine that could get humans to Mars in less than 40 days.

150 billion cubic meters of water ice on Mars in glaciers covered by dust

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies have now calculated the size of the glaciers and thus the amount of water. It is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than one meter of ice.

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point, allowing brine to form.

Hidden water below Antarctica provides hope for life on Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2015 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Antarctica is the Earth environment that most resembles Mars.

Here's How We'll Terraform Mars With Microbes

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Could our planet's toughest microbes change the face of Mars?

NASA Putting Out a 'Journey To Mars Challenge' to the public

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2015 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has launched the 'Journey to Mars Challenge' asking the public for their ideas for maintaining a crew on Mars. Three winners will be awarded $5,000.

Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2015 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Laser power is still a long way from being ready for any kind of planetary exploration, but this first test confirms that it works.

NASA Chief Wants to Cut Mars Travel Time in Half

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the expertise the US can muster, including advanced propulsion technologies such as solar electric engines and perhaps even nuclear rockets.

NASA to send 'flying saucer' to edge of space

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is trying to make progress toward a manned mission to Mars and, to that end, they are testing a cutting-edge spacecraft breaking system.

Earth Organisms Could Survive on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Mars is known for its hostile, low-pressure environment, but despite that fact a study shows that Earth organisms (Archaea) could indeed survive on the Red Planet.

First ever glass deposits found on the surface of Mars

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The glass was created when meteorites slammed into the Martian surface with enough force to melt some of the rocks, which then cooled, turning them into impact glass.

Japan wants to dig up the dirt on Martian moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
JAXA thinks the mission could launch by 2022. If it gets off the ground, the spacecraft would be the first to land on a Martian moon.

NASA will launch two interplanetary cubesats in 2016

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space.They will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA believes that it's on the way to creating organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth.

Crater reveals Mars probably had water within last million years

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have long been searching for water on Mars, and now new research suggests that watery debris flowed in one of its craters as recently as a million years ago.

A boomerang-like aircraft could be the first to fly on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
With its various rover missions, NASA has been actively exploring the surface of Mars, but now the space agency wants to investigate the Martian skies.

How We'll Live on Mars:

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
'What’s really important is to get people off this planet and become a spacefaring society.'

NASA Mars Trek Is the Google Earth of Mars

Posted in Software on 11th Jul, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has just released a new website that lets users explore Mars imagery in depth, similar to what you can do with Google Earth.

Should the European Space Agency build a colony on the far side of the Moon?

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The new head of the European Space Agency has a plan, for humanity to build a 'village on the Moon'.

Curiosity finds continent-building rocks on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Early Mars may have been a bit more like early Earth.

Most powerful rocket ever edges closer to lift-off

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2015 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) has completed its critical design review; a major stepping stone on the way to becoming certified for manned spaceflight.

A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2015 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth.

Mars orbiter prepares for next year's InSight lander arrival

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
The InSight Mars lander mission may be more than a year away, but NASA is already moving its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to provide communications during the landing.

NASA marks Curiosity's third anniversary with new interactive online tools

Posted in Software on 8th Aug, 2015 09:16 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has released two new tools designed to both educate the public and help scientists select future landing sites.

Scientists Find Evidence for Ancient Lake in Meridiani Planum on Mars

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of an ancient lake that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface water ever to exist on the Red Planet.

NASA Successfully Tests Engine For Future Mars Mission

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA completed one of the last tests of an engine that will help to propel its Orion crew capsule on future deep-space missions

Launch date for Inmarsat's delayed Global Xpress spacecraft

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The new £1bn GX network is the biggest commercial UK space project in the process of being rolled out right now.

SpaceWorks Believes Cryogenic Sleep Holds the Key to Space Travel

Posted in Science on 28th Aug, 2015 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Bodies need too much maintenance for deep space travel. We need a supply of those things absent from space; water, food and oxygen.

Key Inmarsat Proton rocket flight under way

Posted in Hardware on 28th Aug, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket has launched from Kazakhstan carrying a hugely important spacecraft for London-based Inmarsat.

Buzz Aldrin developing a 'master plan' to colonize Mars within 25 years

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Aldrin and the Florida Institute of Technology are pushing for a Mars settlement by 2039, the 70th anniversary of his own Apollo 11 moon landing.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight from Kazakhstan 'a success'

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat has been declared a success.

Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of Nasa recruits has begun living in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

A New study casts doubt on the Mars valley water formation theory

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2015 07:55 PM
by AlexMuller
During the period in which the distinctive valleys supposedly formed, the Martian atmosphere may have already been too depleted to maintain the free-running water.

CubeSats to Mars and beyond

Posted in Hardware on 6th Sep, 2015 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
All the activity and interest in CubeSats has been primarily limited to spacecraft in Earth orbit. Now engineers are exploring what CubeSats could do beyond Earth orbit.

SpaceX Dragon capsule could bring back soil samples from Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 03:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Life on Mars, now or in the past, is still up for debate, and the best way to settle it is by getting samples into the hands of scientists.

NASA tests new wing shape for future Mars planes

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Sep, 2015 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The space agency has been considering a boomerang-like aircraft for future Mars exploration for quite some time.

NASA Is Sending Bacteria to the Edge of Space to See if They Can Hitchhike to Mars

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
To find out if life can hitchhike to Mars and survive on the planet’s surface, NASA is going to see how they do 120,000 feet up.

Liquid water flows on today’s Mars, NASA confirms

Posted in Science on 28th Sep, 2015 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars, NASA announced today.

What travelling to Mars might do to the brain

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2015 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Although the stress can have many long-lasting effects on the body and mind, it appears that 18 months isn’t long enough to do any permanent damage.

What liquid water on Mars could mean for the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
This result is a game-changer for four main reasons.

Who Will Become the First People on Mars?

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A rundown of the ongoing race to the Red Planet:

3D-printed ice shelter wins NASA's Mars habitat design competition

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
The contest sought concepts for how 3D printing might be used to create shelters on Mars. The winner, Ice House, would be built using Mars' predicted abundant water supply.

The water discovery ignites new debate on if there could be life on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
'I think it’s quite possible there are halophiles that could survive on Mars.'

NASA completes successful heat shield testing for future Mars exploration vehicles

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2015 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Rockets have limited space to accommodate spacecraft and their heat shields. However, NASA has a solution to accommodate that.

Life on Mars: NASA unveils plans for human colonies by 2030s

Posted in Science on 11th Oct, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on Mars, setting out how it aims to create 'deep-space habitation facilities' as stepping stones to Mars.

Elon Musk: We need to leave Earth as soon as possible

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If something catastrophic happens one day, like a nearby star exploding, we may all get vaporized. Musk says we can't afford to wait around and find out.

Within 80 days Elon Musk should reveal a detailed design for the Mars Colonial Transport vehicle

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
"It's going to put over 100 tons of cargo on Mars." We are expecting something absolutely enormous.

Lunar detour could lighten the launch load for manned missions to Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A detour to the Moon could make repeated trips to Mars sustainable, reducing the mass of launch from Earth by 68%.

Mars atmosphere 'eroded by Sun activity'

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2015 01:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists think they are getting closer to explaining precisely how Mars lost much of its atmosphere.

What is interplanetary dust and can it spread the ingredients of life?

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA reported that a cloud of dust was surrounding Mars high above its atmosphere. They ruled out Mars itself and its moons Phobos and Deimos as the sources of the dust.

NASA's chemical 'laptop' would help find life on other planets

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's newly tested Chemical Laptop is the first device built to detect amino acids and fatty acids (the telltale signs of life as we know it) on other worlds.

Mars 2020 rover may have a little flying helper drone

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing a helicopter-like drone that could scope out the landscape ahead of the Mars 2020 rover.

Falling Phobos will eventually put a ring around Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Eventually, in 20 to 40 million years, the dust-coated pile of rubble could completely fall apart from all the stress.

Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony; Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
12 Americans have put their boots on the Moon. But NASA has no plans to send humans back. Instead, NASA will shoot straight to Mars.

Europe's ExoMars missions are go; finally

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2015 02:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The initial venture will involve a satellite going to Mars to study the atmosphere. The orbiter will drop a probe on to the surface to test technologies needed to land a rover.

A drill to tunnel miles below the surface of Mars

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:07 PM
by AlexMuller
In the California desert, Honeybee robotics is testing a drill that could search for life on other worlds.

UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2015 12:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The ExoMars rover is due to launch for Mars in 2018, with arrival in 2019.

The New Space Race Is Heating Up: Asteroid Mining, Reusable Rockets, and Water on Mars

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
With growing access to large sums of private risk capital, and powerful exponential technologies, the pace of progress is accelerating.

Mapping astronauts' behavior on the ISS could make a better ride to Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A company called Draper is developing a way to monitor how astronauts use the ISS for planning a long term spaceflight to Mars.

Faulty instrument delays Mars lander launch

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Insight lander will miss its scheduled launch window in March 2016 due to a continuing fault with one of its primary scientific instruments.

NASA's Mars 2030 virtual reality software to put users on the surface of the Red Planet

Posted in Software on 29th Dec, 2015 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is looking to give owners of popular VR headsets an immersive experience with Mars 2030.

The World Is Racing to Build a Moon Base

Posted in Science on 1st Jan, 2016 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
ESA (and China) are looking at lunar bases in the next couple decades, and NASA is looking at the space in the moon's orbit.

NASA To Build A Habitat For Living On Mars

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2016 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
As a part of the 2016 NASA budget, congress has asked NASA to design a 'habitation module' that astronauts might use to camp out on mars.

NASA's heavy lift rocket is running into problems

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Short on budget, the Space Launch System reportedly doesn't have a game plan.

Official report pokes more holes in NASA's plan to get to mars

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The report raises safety concerns over the rocket and spacecraft that will send astronauts to Mars. The report also says that NASA's overall plan to get to Mars is too vague.

Lack of microbes in Antarctic permafrost dims hopes for life on Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 10:48 AM
by AlexMuller
The unsuccessful search for living microbes in the permafrost of Antarctica’s University Valley could spell bad news for the search for Mars life.

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year, wants to go to space by 2020

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Rumors have been swirling about how SpaceX will soon unveil an ambitious architecture that will allow it to begin human missions to Mars within a decade.

Fungi survive mars-like conditions on the space station

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 01:08 AM
by AlexMuller
A study, by ESA, has found that two species of tiny fungi originally from Antarctica have survived living in Mars-like conditions for a period of 18 months.

France and India To Jointly Explore Mars And Venus

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
France and India will put a lander on Mars in a bid to explore the planet, according to the chief of the French space agency.

Ancient Martian lakes may have harboured life, researchers say

Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep water basins formed on Mars more than three billion years ago may have once been habitable, according to new research.

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Will Launch Craft to Mars and Carry 13 CubeSats

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the enormous SLS, will carry 13 CubeSats and a spacecraft bound for the Red Planet.

Ordnance Survey creates map for Martian ramblers

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2016 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
OS says the map could prove helpful for future Mars mission planning as well as providing a compelling visual way of informing the public about them.

Mars Express provides a look at ancient Martian flooding

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2016 02:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Fracture-like features are thought to have been caused by the loss of underground ice, as well as the general evaporation of water, which was once highly abundant.

China is racing to make the 2020 launch window to Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s Mars 2020 mission may well have company along the way, with teams in China working urgently to ready their first independent mission to the Red Planet.

Plans Being Devised for Human Outpost Near the Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2016 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The ongoing work is expected to help plot out other deep-space trips, such as the journey to a near-Earth asteroid and the larger leap to distant Mars.

NASA has invited India to collaborate on its mission to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Feb, 2016 11:17 AM
by AlexMuller
ISRO has already proved that it has the ability to get to the Red Planetary efficiently; the space agency spent only US $74 million (less than the budget of the film Gravity).

Great tilt gave Mars a new face

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2016 02:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars hasn't always looked like it does today. Some 3 to 3.5 billion years ago, the planet underwent a huge tilt.

NASA officially delays its next mission to Mars until 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 05:06 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA said it is now targeting May 5th, 2018 for the launch of InSight, with the spacecraft scheduled to land on Mars on November 26th, 2018.

Why Europe's New Mission to Mars is Such a Big Deal

Posted in Science on 12th Mar, 2016 08:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Early next week, the ExoMars mission launches with the goal of discovering signs of life on the Red Planet.

European-Russian spacecraft heads out in search for life on Mars

Posted in Science on 14th Mar, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft on Monday in a joint mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars and bring humans closer to flying to the planet themselves.

New gravity map gives us our best view yet of the inside of Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.

2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year.

We Finally Know What's Causing Enormous Mounds on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have puzzled over the miles-high mounds rising from of the centres of Martian craters.

Steam powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2016 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
In January the European Space Agency announced plans to build a 3D printed lunar village by 2030 made from Moon rock.

The first step toward alpha centauri: sailing to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 16th Apr, 2016 07:10 AM
by AlexMuller
These lasers sails could drive "space-chips" to Mars in roughly 30 minutes, researchers say.

An engine for Mars: Aerojet wins $67M NASA contract for solar electric propulsion

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric propulsion systems are expected to send astronauts to Mars and its moons starting in the 2030s.

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Formally announced in January, China's Mars voyage will attempt to recreate the success of the U.S. Viking 1 mission that landed a rover on the planet four decades ago.

NASA says it will help SpaceX with Mars 2018 mission

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2016 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX just announced it's hoping to land an uncrewed Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, which would make it the first private company to land on another planet. But it's not going alone.

How SpaceX plans to land on Mars in 2018 using the most powerful rocket in the world

Posted in Hardware on 1st May, 2016 08:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Red Dragon will go to Mars to retrieve samples collected by NASA’s Mars rover and then return them to Earth.

Boiling water may be the cause of the Martian streaks, a study says

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The results of lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water, though in an otherworldly manner, scientists said.

Europe and Russia delay ExoMars rover project to 2020

Posted in Science on 4th May, 2016 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim of the mission is to land a rover on the Red Planet. Capable of drilling up to 2m below the surface, it would search for signs of past or present life.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by NASA May Have Found Evidence of Volcanic Eruptions

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the help of mineral-mapping, scientists found evidences that there were volcanic activities on Mars billions of years ago.

NASA is working on a humanoid robot to send to Mars

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The Humanoid called Valkyrie is one of the most advanced robots by NASA, created for a trip to Mars. It is also said to be the most advanced in the world.

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2016 06:16 PM
by AlexMuller
"Atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere is notoriously difficult to measure"

NASA is funding research into human stasis for transport to Mars

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2016 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA believes that the crew’s mental well-being will be substantially improved by effectively eliminating the 400 days spent in transit to and from Mars.

Lockheed martin wants to send humans to Mars in 12 years

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2016 12:07 PM
by AlexMuller
LM plans to unveil a vision for a spacecraft to make it happen. The "Mars Base Camp," would set up a laboratory, staffed by 6 astronauts, in Mars orbit in 2028.

Evidence of ancient tsunamis on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Such events could only have occurred more than three billion years ago when the planet was wetter and warmer.

Mars Used To Look More White Than Red

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2016 02:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The first concrete evidence that Mars has just exited an extreme ice age, one so intense it would have put Earth's recent frosty foray to shame.

Mysterious Heavy Ion Beams Above Mars Explained

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's latest mission to Mars has uncovered the origins of fast-moving streams of particles high above the planet, flowing against the solar wind.

Space experts say sending humans to Mars worth the risk

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 04:54 PM
by AlexMuller
There's a long-standing joke that NASA is always 20 years from putting astronauts on Mars. A to-do list from 2015 looks remarkably similar to one compiled in 1990.

Elon musk says he wants SpaceX to land humans on mars by 2025

Posted in Business on 3rd Jun, 2016 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
That's long before NASA's nebulous plan to land humans there in the 2030s or 40s.

SpaceX to send 3 unmanned missions to Mars leading to a manned mission

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2016 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX to send an unmanned mission to Mars using the Dragon V2 starting in 2018 and launch a rocket to Mars every 26 months.

Elon Musk says early Mars missions will establish crucial cargo routes

Posted in Science on 11th Jun, 2016 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
"You can count on it. It’s going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station," said Musk.

First Mars crew be pioneers who build up Mars facilities for colonization

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2016 06:35 PM
by AlexMuller
"having an architecture that would enable the creation of a self-sustaining city on Mars with the objective of being a multiplanet species"

Martian dust storms could make life interesting for future astronauts

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2016 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
The electrostatic qualities of the storms could interfere with vital equipment, while the sheer density of the dust particles works to dramatically lower visibility.

Japan wants to take autonomous construction extraterrestrial

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
JAXA is looking to take autonomous construction technology to the undeveloped plains of the Moon and Mars.

NASA's Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, Discovers Unexpected Mineral on Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
A finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

Ancient Mars Was Even More Earth-Like Than We Imagined

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings from NASA’s Curiosity Rover provide evidence that significant amounts of oxygen once permeated the atmosphere of ancient Mars.

NASA’s Mars-Bound Rocket Just Passed a Major Test

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2016 04:27 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA successfully fired-up one of those 77-tonne rocket boosters by lighting it up at full power, all while never leaving the ground.

Red Planet Impact: Huge Moons May Have Crashed Into Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, may be the only survivors of a giant impact that created many short-lived, but now-absent moons.

NASA works to wake up Curiosity as mission gets two-year extension

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
On July 2, the nuclear-powered rover experienced some sort of a glitch and stopped most of its tasks as it went through a sequence to make sure it was still operating.

The Water on Mars May Not Be Drinkable

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2016 04:15 PM
by AlexMuller
If the water is coming from underground, it must be held in very deep aquifers, which would make the water far too salty to desalinate.

New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2016 09:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The new rover will have a mast conducting three types of spectroscopy on rocks and soil from a distance, to help try and spot signs of life.

How Lockheed Martin plans to set up a base camp in Mars orbit

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2016 08:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A laboratory that orbits Mars, giving astronauts the ability to drive rovers and UAVs on the Martian surface in real-time, and perhaps paving the way for a landing.

The Mars curiosity rover is starting to make its own decisions

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jul, 2016 02:35 AM
by AlexMuller
The Mars Curiosity Rover can now autonomously decide which rocks to zap with its onboard laser.

NASA books nuclear-certified Atlas 5 rocket for Mars 2020 rover launch

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jul, 2016 04:43 PM
by AlexMuller
ULA’s Atlas 5 and Delta 4-Heavy and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy were studied as possible launch vehicles.

SpaceX estimated to spend $300 million on Red Dragon mission

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2016 01:49 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's "Red Dragon" concept envisions using a Dragon spacecraft with only minor modification to land on the surface of Mars as a precursor to later human missions.

Deep Trenches on Mars Aren't What We Thought They Were

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2016 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A long-standing theory suggesting that trenches were left long ago by flowing rivers was just debunked.

The next Mars rover will capture sounds

Posted in Hardware on 6th Aug, 2016 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that it will outfit the next Mars rover with microphone cameras that'll record descent, landing, and surface operations.

NASA releases cute Mars rover game to celebrate Curiosity anniversary

Posted in Games on 7th Aug, 2016 01:50 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’re excited about a new way for people to engage with Curiosity’s adventures on Mars and future exploration by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover'

Are we looking for Martian life in all the wrong places?

Posted in Science on 9th Aug, 2016 05:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Organic compounds that may have existed in/on rocks located on the surface of Mars would have been degraded by radiation from the Sun.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Intensifies Hunt for Extinct Martian Microbes

Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2016 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
The 2020 Mars Rover already deep into development. It'll be targeting rocks with the best chance of revealing ancient Martian life.

Mars colony design finalists will be 3D-printed to scale & tested in Mojave

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2016 03:38 AM
by AlexMuller
With $30,000 from Kickstarter, Mars City Design is taking its first steps towards designing a settlement.

China unveils its Mars 2020 probe and science goals

Posted in Science on 24th Aug, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The mission will be complex and ambitious, including an orbiter, lander and rover.

Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2016 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Having survived their year in isolation, the crew members said they were confident a mission to Mars could succeed.

NASA's New Lander Will Finally Go to Mars in 2018

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2016 04:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Insight was originally scheduled to launch this past March with the goal of collecting all kinds of data about what’s happening in Mars’s interior.

On Sept 27 Musk will give a live-streamed talk on how SpaceX plans to colonize Mars

Posted in Business on 21st Sep, 2016 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
'Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species'. The talk will be delivered at the International Astronautical Congress.

Musk outlines his vision for Mars colony and the future of space

Posted in Hardware on 28th Sep, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

Boeing Eyes Moon-Orbiting Space Station as Waypoint to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2016 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
"If we're thinking about going that far away to Mars, we need to take a kind of interim step,"

Boeing CEO Vows to Beat SpaceX and Elon Musk to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 5th Oct, 2016 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
'I’m convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding a Boeing rocket,'

ESA gives Schiaparelli probe final commands ahead of Mars landing

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2016 12:11 PM
by AlexMuller
With arrival at Mars set for October 19, ESA mission control is busy making last minute adjustments for the Exomars 2016 mission.

US to work with private firms on Mars plan

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2016 07:25 AM
by AlexMuller
President Barack Obama says the US will work with private companies on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.

European Schiaparelli probe on target for Mars landing

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
It is now on a direct path to intercept the top of the Red Planet's atmosphere on Wednesday.

Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early'

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2016 02:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) has not yet conceded that the lander crashed but the mood is not positive.

After rough descent, Europe's Mars lander is probably dead

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2016 03:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Mars orbiter however is a success.

Schiaparelli: Mars probe 'crash site identified'

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2016 04:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The parachute was jettisoned too early and its retrorockets, designed to slow the robot to a hover, fired only for a few seconds. They should have operated for half a minute.

MIT claims they are programming humanoid robots to help explore Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
When it comes time for astronauts to set foot on the Red Planet, they will be looking for robots to help them with some of the legwork.

Elon Musk says SpaceX could put 'miner/tunneling droids' on Mars

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2016 02:18 PM
by AlexMuller
'Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids.'

Key meeting to weigh Mars crash report

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2016 12:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Engineers are close to identifying the cause of the crash that destroyed the Schiaparelli lander on Mars last month.

Beagle 2 mission 'was so close to Mars success'

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2016 01:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Beagle 2, the failed British mission to Mars in 2003, came "excruciatingly close" to succeeding, a study shows.

The surface of Mars is much drier than expected

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2016 11:55 AM
by AlexMuller
As if we needed another reminder that Mars isn't friendly to life, researchers from Scotland's University of Stirling have revealed that the planet is more arid than Earth's driest deserts.

Newly spotted ice field buried on Mars could provide water to future colonists

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2016 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A significant finding because of its position on the planet and its location relatively near the surface.

Schiaparelli: European Space Agency gives update on Mars crash investigation

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2016 02:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency has released details from its preliminary report into the Schiaparelli crash on Mars.

Europe's science ministers to decide on ExoMars rover

Posted in Science on 26th Nov, 2016 07:24 PM
by AlexMuller
European research ministers will be asked for a little over €400m (£345m; $430m) to put a rover on Mars in 2021 when they meet next week.

Boeing Announces Plan to Go Head-to-Head Against Elon Musk

Posted in Hardware on 27th Nov, 2016 10:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk has set a 2018 deadline for an unmanned mission to Mars, and 2025 for its manned mission.

European Space Agency tests the ExoMars orbiter's cameras and instruments

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2016 04:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The ExoMars mission lost its lander, but its probe is in great shape.

Europe presses ahead with Mars rover

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2016 04:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe will push ahead with its plan to put a UK-assembled robotic rover on the surface of Mars in 2021.

ESA will fund ExoMars 2020

Posted in Hardware on 4th Dec, 2016 11:34 AM
by AlexMuller
ExoMars 2020 will send a rover to the red planet.

Curiosity Delivers New Evidence That Life Could Have Thrived on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2016 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of chemical complexity suggests that Mars had a long history with water, improving the chances that life existed on the planet.

Boron has been detected on Mars for the first time

Posted in Science on 20th Dec, 2016 05:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The Curiosity rover has found boron on the surface of Mars, indicating that, at some point, the Red Planet had long-term habitable groundwater.

Laser-Based Propulsion System Could Get Us to Mars in Record Time; Just Three Days

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2016 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
With conventional rocketry, we can make it to the red planet in five months’ time, at its closest point to Earth.

Moon and Mars in China's five-year space plan

Posted in Science on 29th Dec, 2016 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars and the far side of the Moon are on the itinerary for China's National Space Administration (CNSA), according to a new white paper released this week.

Astronauts could live inside ice domes on Mars

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2017 03:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The astronauts who will someday go to Mars will be bombarded by radiation from space.

Mars in Three Days: Here's the Tech That Could Make It Happen

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2017 12:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The vast distances between us and other points of particular interest in space are vast, and the speed limitations of our technology are a significant barrier to exploration.

Curiosity found the first evidence of ancient mud cracks on Mars

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2017 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A time capsule to when ancient lakes flowed.

UAE Mars mission on track for a 2020 launch

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2017 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Hope spacecraft to inspire Arab region to generate knowledge, mission specialist says.

Under Trump, astronauts might chart a new path to a familiar place: The moon

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2017 05:27 PM
by Alex Muller
A return to the moon is gaining traction. A trip to an asteroid looks iffy. And Mars is still the ultimate destination.

Will the Trump Administration fund the SpaceX Mars Colonization plan?

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2017 11:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Trump seems to be cozying up to Elon Musk and is entertaining the idea of financing Musk’s Mars colonization project.

'Curiosity' exposes low CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2017 12:53 PM
by Alex Muller
The CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere 3.5 billion years ago was too low for sediments to be deposited.

Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in Three Years

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2017 10:04 AM
by Alex Muller
The plan could dramatically shift the mission of the space agency, prioritising low-Earth orbit activity over distant exploration.

SpaceX will delay their first unmanned Red Dragon Mars mission until 2020

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2017 05:47 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX will focus more heavily on their crew program and their Falcon Heavy program.

NASA developing carbon nanotube-based material for Stronger and lighter vehicles and Mars habitats

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2017 04:11 PM
by Alex Muller
Deep space exploration will require new materials.

Nasa wants to 3d print habitats with metal extracted from martian soil

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2017 04:20 PM
by Alex Muller
scientists are studying the various ways to make goods on Mars rather than carry materials there.

NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2017 07:51 PM
by Alex Muller
NASA Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, says launching a magnetic shield could help warm Mars and possibly allow it to become habitable.

US Government Issues NASA Demand, 'Get Humans to Mars By 2033'

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
Both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017.

Warming Mars and thickening its atmosphere can be done in 10-100 years

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2017 07:00 PM
by Alex Muller
If all the solar incident on Mars were to be captured then Mars would warm to Earth-like temperatures in about 10 years.

Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2017 07:36 AM
by Alex Muller
President Trump on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing funding for NASA while setting a new goal to send humans to Mars.

Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2017 07:39 PM
by Alex Muller
Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars.

ExoMars: Mars Rover scientists to study Mawrth Vallis location option

Posted in Hardware on 29th Mar, 2017 09:24 AM
by Alex Muller
Europe is going to investigate a second site on Mars as a possible destination to send its 2021 rover.

We finally know what happened to (most of) Mars' missing atmosphere

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2017 08:01 AM
by Alex Muller
When Mars had an atmosphere four billion years ago, it probably looked a lot like Earth; warm, wet, and habitable.

Lockheed Martin plans manned Mars Base Camp for 2028

Posted in Science on 6th Apr, 2017 09:30 AM
by Alex Muller
By 2028, Lockheed Martin plans to have astronauts in orbit around Mars in its Mars Base Camp space station.

Mars colony could 3D-print stuff from Red Planet dust

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2017 05:06 PM
by Alex Muller
A technique could allow the first humans on Mars to 3D print everything from tools to temporary housing out of a tough rubber-like material using only Martian dust.

NASA designs an inflatable greenhouse for Mars

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2017 06:06 PM
by Alex Muller
An inflatable greenhouse that’ll be more effective at helping astronauts cultivate veggies and produce oxygen in a place like Mars.

Martian Soil Could Be Used to Build a Colony

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2017 06:56 PM
by Alex Muller
Engineers from the University of California in San Diego have created bricks composed of simulated Martian regolith (soil).

China plans to reach Mars by 2020 and eventually build a moon base

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2017 07:40 PM
by Alex Muller
China has plans to orbit the moon, land people on it, and eventually settle a moon colony.

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2017 12:15 AM
by Alex Muller
A bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make it habitable for future generations of human colonists.

NASA's mission to Mars includes a year-long stay on the moon

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2017 04:48 PM
by Alex Muller
The agency aims to send a crew to live in cislunar space by 2027.

Humanity must populate a new planet within 100 years, warns Stephen Hawking

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2017 10:18 PM
by Alex Muller
He cites 'climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth' as reasons to leave.

Schiaparelli: Crashed lander was ill-prepared for Mars

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2017 02:50 PM
by Alex Muller
The crashed European spacecraft Schiaparelli was ill-prepared for its attempt at landing on the surface of Mars.

Mars was probably habitable for longer than we thought

Posted in Science on 2nd Jun, 2017 03:01 PM
by Alex Muller
It was warm and wet right around the time life got its start on Earth.

Humans Heading to Mars Could Face a Disturbingly High Cancer Risk

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2017 05:01 AM
by Alex Muller
Possibly two times greater than what experts previously thought.

Civilization on Mars could take 100 years to establish, says Elon Musk

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2017 12:54 PM
by Alex Muller
The SpaceX leader publishes his plan to colonize Mars, outlining challenges for bringing lots of people to the red planet.

Musk Wants SpaceX’s Trips To Mars To Be Like Riding Cruise Ship

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2017 04:38 AM
by Alex Muller
Musk said that if people are going to be in tight quarters for several month, it might as well be a fun trip.

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