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Dust particles from Mars can make little sparks

Friction that results from dry Martian dust particles making contact with each other may produce electrical discharge at the surface and in the planet’s...

Newly arrived Mars rovers are safe from lightning strikes, shows study

If experiments done in small bottles in a University of Oregon lab are accurate, the friction of colliding Martian dust particles are unlikely to...

How Mars 2020 will help bring part of the red planet back to Earth

Out in the cold, empty void beyond Earth, NASA's latest Mars mission is hurtling at 43,000 miles per hour toward the Red Planet. The mission,...

What is causing those landslides on Mars?

Maybe underground salt and melting ice. Changes in Mar’s geography always attract significant scientific and even public attention. A hope for signs of liquid water (and...

6 things to know about NASA’s Mars helicopter on its way to Mars

When NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, it will be carrying a small but mighty passenger: Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter. The...

Ancient Mars was more like Iceland than Idaho

New study indicates that, more than 3 billion years ago, seasons in Gale Crater on Mars were probably something like those in Iceland. The ancient...

Scientists find new way to make fuels on Mars

Researchers may have come up with a solution to one of the most pressing challenges of a Mars voyage: How do we get enough fuel...

How to get people from Earth to Mars and safely back again

There are many things humanity must overcome before any return journey to Mars is launched. The two major players are NASA and SpaceX, which work...

3 things we’ve learned from NASA’s Mars InSight

Scientists are finding new mysteries since the geophysics mission landed two years ago. NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down Nov. 26, 2018, on Mars to study...

Water on Mars not as widespread as previously thought, shows study

Water on Mars, in the form of brines, may not be as widespread as previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at...