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How on earth does NASA choose a landing site on Mars

How on earth does NASA choose a landing site on Mars?

Getting to the surface of Mars takes years of planning, engineering and science work, a successful launch, and a months-long journey of millions of...
The Coolest Landscape on Mars

The coolest landscape on Mars (or Earth)

Many Martian landscapes contain features that are familiar to ones we find on Earth, like river valleys, cliffs, glaciers and volcanos. However, Mars has an...
Gale Crater now

Mars rock-ingredient stew seen as plus for habitability

NASA's Curiosity rover is climbing a layered Martian mountain and finding evidence of how ancient lakes and wet underground environments changed, billions of years...
Boron on Mars

First detection of boron on the surface of Mars

Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient past. This...
Long-term space mission challenge: liver disease

Long-term space mission challenge: liver disease

In a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado has found that mice...
Illustration of plants growing in a Mars base.

Feeding a Mars mission: The challenges of growing plants in space

Plants will play a critical role in the survival of human beings on long-duration space missions, such as a mission to Mars. However, as a...
Topography of western Acheron Fossae

A record of ancient tectonic stress on Mars

Sets of ridges and troughs some 1000 km north of the giant Olympus Mons volcano contain a record of the intense tectonic stresses and...
New evidence for a warmer and wetter early Mars

New evidence for a warmer and wetter early Mars

A recent study from ESA's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provides new evidence for a warm young Mars that hosted water...
To Mars in 70 days. Science fiction or fact?

To Mars in 70 days. Science fiction or fact?

After months of speculation and rumor, NASA has finally released its long-awaited research paper on the controversial EM Drive propulsion system. The paper was recently...
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

Curiosity Mars rover team examining new drill hiatus

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is studying its surroundings and monitoring the environment, rather than driving or using its arm for science, while the rover...