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Early Martian landscape probably looked like this image of Devon ice cap

Early Mars was covered in ice sheets, not flowing rivers. Many valley networks scarring Mars's surface were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not...

NASA, ULA launch Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission to red planet

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples...

6 things to know about NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter

The first helicopter attempting to fly on another planet is a marvel of engineering. Get up to speed with these key facts about its plans. When...

Electrically charged dust storms could shed light on life on MARS

How’s the weather on Mars? Tough on rovers, but very good for generating and moving highly reactive chlorine compounds. New study shows that Martian dust storms,...

Ancient asteroid impacts created life ingredients on Earth and Mars

A new study reveals that asteroid impact sites in the ocean may possess a crucial link in explaining the formation of the essential molecules...

Scientists solve the mystery of lava-like flows on Mars

The mystery of some lava-like flows on Mars has been solved by scientists who say they are caused not by lava but by mud. There...

New image reveals ancient Martian rivers in unparalleled detail

A satellite has revealed ancient Martian rivers in more detail than ever before. Researchers have spent decades looking for evidence of ancient water on Mars. As...

These little tires could go to Mars

It’s rocky. It’s sandy. It’s flat. It’s cratered. It’s cold. The surface of Mars is a challenging and inhospitable place, especially for rovers. As future missions...

Scientists establish new timeline for ancient magnetic field on Mars

Mars had a global magnetic field much earlier—and much later—in the planet's history than scientists have previously known. A planet's global magnetic field arises from...

Jezero crater on Mars may harbor signs of life

A new analysis of satellite imagery supports the hypothesis that the Jezero crater on Mars could be a good place to look for markers...

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