Mars

Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries

Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries

The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the...
Is anything tough enough to survive on Mars

Is anything tough enough to survive on Mars?

Researchers at the University of Arkansas recently took a step toward answering a question for the ages: Is there life on Mars? Answer: they can’t...
Thruster for Mars mission breaks records

Thruster for Mars mission breaks records

An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a...
You can now use Google maps to explore the solar system

You can now use Google maps to explore the solar system

Chances are, at one time or another, we’ve all used Google Maps to find the shortest route from point A to point B. But if...
Scientists will build 'eyeglasses' for Mars moon mission

Scientists will build ‘eyeglasses’ for Mars moon mission

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have been tasked with building a pair of space-ready spectacles for a Japan-led mission to two moons of...
This meteorite came from a volcano on Mars

This meteorite came from a volcano on Mars

Today, it is well understood that Mars is a cold, dry, and geologically dead planet. However, billions of years ago when it was still young,...
Previous evidence of water on mars now identified as grainflows

Previous evidence of water on mars now identified as grainflows

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust...
Long-gone lake on Mars resembled those on Earth

Long-gone lake on Mars resembled those on Earth

Information collected during NASA’s Curiosity rover mission suggests that an ancient, long-gone lake on Mars once had chemical and physical properties similar to those...
Dear Elon Musk Your dazzling Mars plan overlooks some big nontechnical hurdles

Elon Musk’s Mars plan overlooks some big nontechnical hurdles

Elon Musk has a plan, and it’s about as audacious as they come. Not content with living on our pale blue dot, Musk and his...
Signs of life on Mars Look for the element vanadium

Signs of life on Mars? Look for the element vanadium

The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won't play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there...