Mars

Ukraine Invasion Could Delay ExoMars Rover Mission By Two Years

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Mar, 2022
by Alex Muller

Deteriorating relations between Russia and Europe mean the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars rover mission faces a launch delay that could set back its Red Planet landing by at least two years.

Perseverance is using its tools on Mars to search for signs of life

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2021
by Alex Muller

Perseverance now heads to the western edge of the crater next, according to NASA, where an ancient river delta probably flowed into a lake in the crater. Scientists think that this is the best bet for signs of potential microbial life, because on Earth, microbes exist in a similar environment.

Radiation could restrict crewed Mars missions to less than four years

Posted in Science on 5th Sep, 2021
by Alex Muller

An international team of scientists has calculated that a crewed mission to Mars should only last a maximum of four years if the astronauts' health isn't to be endangered by prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation.

New research shows there is probably no water under the South Pole of Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

Mars may have clay under its South Pole, not liquid water, as some researchers previously suspected. After years of scientific mystery, a new study is one of three recent works that give evidence for alternate explanations to the Martian lakes hypothesis.

NASA scientists may have solved a vanishing methane mystery on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2021
by Alex Muller

There is a hitherto unknown process at work in the Martian atmosphere that is destroying the methane quickly, before it can collect.