Mars

Mars volcano, Earth's dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

Mars volcano, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian shield volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3...
NASA's Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will...
Mars has metal in its atmosphere

Mars has metal in its atmosphere, NASA’s MAVEN reveals

Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously...
Mars is severely gassed out

Mars is severely gassed out

New measurements of Mars' thin atmosphere show that most of it has been lost to space due to bombardment from solar wind. This was the...
Life on Mars can survive for millions of years even right near the surface

Life on Mars can survive for millions of years even right near the surface

Mars is not exactly a friendly place for life as we know it. While temperatures at the equator can reach as high as a balmy...
On Mars, wind rules

On Mars, wind rules

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both...
Potential human habitat located on the moon

Potential human habitat located on the moon

This tube could be the spot for a city on the moon A large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon...
Splashdown! Crashing into martian mud

Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud

An impactor smashing into an ice-rich surface gave rise to the complex flow features around this ancient crater on Mars. Impacts of comets and asteroids...
NASA’s new Mars rover will have 23 'eyes'

NASA’s new Mars rover will have 23 ‘eyes’

When NASA's Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three...
NASA missions catch first light from a gravitational-wave event

NASA missions catch first light from a gravitational-wave event

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC...