Mars

Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries

Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries

The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the...
New technique for finding life on Mars

New technique for finding life on Mars

Miniature low-cost, low-weight instruments can detect and analyze microorganisms in extreme environments resembling those on Mars Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of...
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...
Dust storms linked to gas escape from Mars atmosphere

Dust storms linked to gas escape from Mars atmosphere

Some Mars experts are eager and optimistic for a dust storm this year to grow so grand it darkens skies around the entire Red...
NASA's next Mars lander spreads its solar wings

NASA’s next Mars lander spreads its solar wings

NASA's next mission to Mars passed a key test Tuesday, extending the solar arrays that will power the InSight spacecraft once it lands on...
Mars' surface water

Mars’ surface water: We finally know what happened

An international study has revealed that the sun may not have evaporated away all of Mars' surface water after all. Instead, the surface water on...
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...
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,...
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...