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The lunar observatory could search deeper into space than an Earth-bound equivalent. Les Bossinas/NASA

Five reasons to forget Mars for now and return to the moon

Five reasons to forget Mars for now and return to the moon Shutterstock Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University and Gareth Dorrian, Nottingham Trent University Hopes of colonising Mars rest on the premise that we could terraform the red planet, making it habitable for humans with a breathable atmosphere and clement…

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This global map of Mars shows a growing dust storm as of June 6, 2018. The map was produced by the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The blue dot indicates the approximate location of Opportunity. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT on June 10, 2018 NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning — a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm. Data from the transmission let engineers know the rover still…

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An artist’s rendition of the InSight lander - which will collect data on what’s inside the planet Mars. NASA

A brief history of Martian exploration – as the InSight Lander prepares to launch

A brief history of Martian exploration – as the InSight Lander prepares to launch An artist’s rendition of the InSight lander – which will collect data on what’s inside the planet Mars. NASA Helen Maynard-Casely, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Roughly every two years Mars and Earth wander a…

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The channel descending a Martian slope in this perspective view is "Perseverance Valley," the study area of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity as the rover passes its 5,000th Martian day. The view overlays a HiRISE image onto a topographic model with five-fold vertical exaggeration, to show shapes. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/WUSTL

5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn

5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn The Sun will rise on NASA’s solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that continues to provide revelations about the Red Planet. “Five thousand sols after the…

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Mars seen by Viking. NASA / USGS

Our rover could discover life on Mars – here’s what it would take to prove it

Our rover could discover life on Mars – here’s what it would take to prove it Mars seen by Viking. NASA / USGS Claire Cousins, University of St Andrews Finding past or present microbial life on Mars would without doubt be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.…

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Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided Jonathan Clarke, UNSW Jonathan Clarke has just returned from another mission to simulate life on Mars. This time he was on Devon Island in the…

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Three potential landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover. Credits: NASA

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020 Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation. The three potential landing sites for NASA’s next Mars rover include Northeast Syrtis (a very ancient portion of Mars’…

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View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites IMAGE CREDIT: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem. Ample evidence says ancient Mars was sometimes wet, with water flowing and pooling on the planet’s surface. Yet, the ancient sun was about one-third less warm and climate modelers struggle to produce scenarios that get…

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This is a shareable animation about a social media game called Mars Rover. On their mobile devices, players drive a rover through rough Martian terrain, challenging themselves to navigate and balance the rover while earning points along the way. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GAMEE

NASA Rover Game Released for Curiosity’s Anniversary

As Curiosity marks its fourth anniversary (in Earth years) since landing on Mars, the rover is working on collecting its 17th sample. While Curiosity explores Mars, gamers can join the fun via a new social media game, Mars Rover. On their mobile devices, players drive a rover through rough Martian…

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