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...
Voyage to the red planet is ready

Voyage to the red planet is ready

All systems are go for NASA’s next launch to the Red Planet. Saturday's early-morning liftoff of the InSight Mars lander will mark the first time an interplanetary...
Did enormous volcanoes lead to oceans on Mars

Did enormous volcanoes lead to oceans on Mars

A new theory of how oceans on Mars came and went over the last 4 billion years suggests they formed several hundred million years...

Recent work challenges view of early Mars, picturing a warm desert with occasional rain

The climate of early Mars is a subject of debate. While it has been thought that Mars had a warm and wet climate, like Earth,...
Microbes living in a toxic volcanic lake could hold clues to life on Mars

Microbes living in a toxic volcanic lake could hold clues to life on Mars

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered microbes living in a toxic volcanic lake that may rank as one of the harshest...
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...
Planets don’t get bigger than this

Planets don’t get bigger than this

Planets can be no bigger than about 10 times the mass of Jupiter, a new paper concludes. Of course, that’s pretty massive. Jupiter carries almost...

ExoMars returns first Mars images from new orbit

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned the first images of the Red Planet from its new orbit. The spacecraft arrived in a near-circular 400...

Mars impact crater or supervolcano?

These images from ESA’s Mars Express show a crater named Ismenia Patera on the Red Planet. Its origin remains uncertain: did a meteorite smash into...
Top tomatoes thanks to Mars missions

Top tomatoes thanks to Mars missions

Next time you eat a tomato or sweet pepper, take a closer look, because there’s a good chance that its healthy appearance is thanks...