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What two planetary siblings can teach us about life

Mars and Earth are like two siblings who have grown apart. There was a time when their resemblance was uncanny: Both were warm, wet and...

Mars moon Phobos got its grooves from rolling stones

Study shines a light on the origin of the Mars moon Phobos’ distinctive grooves A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the...
Overflowing crater lakes carved canyons across Mars

Overflowing crater lakes carved canyons across Mars

Today, most of the water on Mars is locked away in frozen ice caps. But billions of years ago it flowed freely across the surface,...

Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars

Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a...

Mars InSight lands on November 26th. Here’s where it’s going to touch down

In the course of exploring Mars, the many landers, rovers and orbiters that have been sent there have captured some truly stunning images of...

Early Mars had plentiful water, new flooding evidence suggests

The presence of water on Mars has been theorized for centuries. Early telescopes revealed ice caps, and early astronomers noted channels that were hypothesized to...

The Hellas impact basin contained numerous lakes throughout Mars’ history

The northeastern rim region of Hellas impact basin, located in the southern hemisphere of Mars, contained numerous ephemeral lakes throughout Mars’ history, a new...

Five things to know about InSight’s Mars landing

Every Mars landing is a knuckle-whitening feat of engineering. But each attempt has its own quirks based on where a spacecraft is going and what...

Naturally occurring ‘batteries’ fueled organic carbon synthesis on Mars

A similar process could occur anywhere that igneous rocks are surrounded by brines, including the subsurface oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon...

There might be enough oxygen below the surface of Mars to support life

The possibility that life could exist on Mars has captured the imagination of researchers, scientists, and writers for over a century. Ever since Giovanni Schiaparelli...