Mars

Scientists use Dorset, UK, as model to help find traces of life on Mars

Life on Mars? Scientists use Dorset, UK, as model to help find traces of...

Scientists have found traces of fatty acids - key building blocks of biological cells - in Dorset's acidic streams. They say that because of the...
Mars growth was stunted by early giant planetary instability

Mars growth was stunted by early giant planetary instability

An astrophysics team explains why the growth of Mars was stunted by an orbital instability among the outer solar system's giant planets in a...
NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch...
Volcanoes on Mars helped form its early oceans

Volcanoes on Mars helped form its early oceans

Thanks to the many missions that have been studying Mars in recent years, scientists are aware that roughly 4 billion years ago, the planet...
Future astronauts could get water from ice on Mars

Future astronauts could get water from ice on Mars

Researchers have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath the surface of Mars are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. These eight scarps,...
Ancient volcanoes on Mars could have been the place for life

Ancient volcanoes on Mars could have been the place for life

For decades, Mars has been the focal point of intense research. Beginning in the 1960s, literally dozens of robotic spacecraft, orbiters and rovers have explored...

Measuring earthquakes on Mars

The NASA InSight mission, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is due to launch from California aboard a...
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...

Mercury’s crust may be thinner than scientists thought

Data from the Messenger mission to Mercury, which ended in 2015, led scientists to believe the planet’s crust is roughly 22 miles thick. A new...
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...