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Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

An artist’s rendition depicts a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. “The MAVEN […]

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. David Rothery, The Open University Today Mars has only a thin atmosphere, and […]

What could explain the mystery of how land formed on Mars without much water

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona, Author provided

What could explain the mystery of how land formed on Mars without much water

What could explain the mystery of how land formed on Mars without much water NASA/JPL/University of Arizona, Author provided Jan Raack, The Open University The surface of Mars, with its dune flows, gullies and slope movements, is the result of sediment being transported downwards in […]

Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration

Artist depiction of a satellite orbiting Mars. NASA scientists are studying ways to keep future astronauts safe from radiation on an exploration to Mars. Credits: NASA

Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration

Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration While it’s true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it’s also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red […]

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

Off to court… D Mitriy/wikipedia, CC BY-SA

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law Off to court… D Mitriy/wikipedia, CC BY-SA Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey to […]

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided John Bridges, University of Leicester The last picture taken of the Mars lander Beagle 2 showed it being successfully ejected from […]

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

This view of a portion of the Eridania region of Mars shows blocks of deep-basin deposits that have been surrounded and partially buried by younger volcanic deposits. The image was taken by the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and covers an area about 12 miles wide. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international report examines observations by NASA’s […]

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System. Justin Cowart, CC BY-SA

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System. Justin Cowart, CC BY-SA Ben Cohen, University of Glasgow Mars famously has the largest volcanoes known to science. The largest is Olympus Mons, pictured […]

Private companies are launching a new space race –  here’s what to expect

satellite. Pixabay, CC BY-SA

Private companies are launching a new space race – here’s what to expect

Private companies are launching a new space race – here’s what to expect satellite. Pixabay, CC BY-SA Monica Grady, The Open University The space race between the USA and Russia started with a beep from the Sputnik satellite exactly 60 years ago (October 4, 1957) […]