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Sponges from Mars? Study suggests water on the red planet could support life

Mars has long been thought of as dry and barren – unable to harbour life. But research over the past few years indicates that there...

Electricity in Martian dust storms helps to form perchlorates

The zip of electricity in Martian dust storms helps to form the huge amounts of perchlorate found in the planet’s soils, according to new...

New study about Martian moons contradicts long-held theory

The red planet’s two moons are likely pieces of the planet itself rather than stray asteroids, say scientists. The two moons that orbit Mars are...

Water on Mars could hold more oxygen than previously thought

Given the right circumstances, water on Mars could hold more oxygen than previously believed, theoretically enough to support aerobic respiration A team led by scientists...

University is selling Martian dirt, $20 a kilogram plus shipping

The University of Central Florida is selling Martian dirt, $20 a kilogram plus shipping. This is not fake news. A team of UCF astrophysicists has developed...

How a tiny Curiosity motor identified a massive Martian dust storm

There is no shortage of eyeballs, human and robotic, pointed at Mars. Scientists are constantly exploring the Red Planet from telescopes on Earth, plus the...

MIT software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing

Selecting a landing site for a rover headed to Mars is a lengthy process that normally involves large committees of scientists and engineers. These committees...

Ancient Mars had right conditions for underground life

Ancient Mars likely had ample chemical energy to support the kinds of underground microbial colonies that exist on Earth. A new study shows evidence that...

Martian moon may have come from impact on home planet

The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins. The dark faces of...

NASA’s MAVEN selfie marks four years in orbit at Mars

Today, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft celebrates four years in orbit studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet and how it interacts with the Sun...