Hey Look, a Weird Bright Light Was Spotted on Mars

Do you see it? There's a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It's on the left side of the photo and it's pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the universe? A superhero? Read More >>

The Human Heart May Not be Able to Handle a Trip to Mars

Anyone dreaming of casting off the shackles of Earth for the microgravity wasteland of Mars is in for some (more) bad news. In addition to a host of other problems, the necessary 18-month spaceflight would, apparently, lead to one very unhealthy (and spherical) astronaut heart. Read More >>

Meet the People Who Would Take a One-Way Trip to Mars

Mars One, the programme that is planning to create a human settlement on Mars by 2024, has received over 200,000 applications of Earthlings who are interested in leaving their home planet forever by taking a one-way ticket to Mars. This short documentary examines a few of those people's motivation to leave everything behind. Read More >>

What Four Months on Mars Taught Me About Boredom

The scene: I'm in my closet-sized cabin, inside a white dome built to house a crew of six for four months as part of an isolation experiment. As a crew, we are working and living as 'explorers' stationed on the surface of 'Mars'. Our colony is lifelike and NASA-funded, but it is situated in a place quite a bit closer to home, on a remote slope of a Hawaiian volcano. Read More >>

NASA Solves the Mystery of the Rock That Materialised on Mars

At last, NASA's scientists have solved the mystery behind the rock that materialised out of nowhere right in front of the Mars Curiosity rover–the infamous doughnut rock–that surprised everyone at mission control. Read More >>

Spam, Silkworms, Hydroponics: The Speculative Future of Food on Mars

Last year, NASA held a recipe contest for cooking on Mars. Ordinary civilians like us were invited to submit recipes based on a list of available ingredients—heavy on freeze-dried produce and various meat-flavored "textured vegetable proteins"—to be cooked and judged by crew members of HI-SEAS. Read More >>

What a Rover Looks Like After a Decade on Mars

Curiosity is the trendy name in the realms of Mars roving, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Read More >>

Would You Live in a House of Bricks Made from Pee and Bacteria?

To make a concrete bench, add sand, bacteria, calcium chloride, and some really concentrated pee? Read More >>

It's Been a Full Decade Since the Spirit Rover Landed on Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA's Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionise our understanding of the Red Planet. Read More >>

Mars One Sending Robot to Prepare For Human Invasion of Mars

US aerospace company Lockheed Martin has joined the Mars One project, with the developer of the successful NASA Phoenix lander signing up to build the critical landing pod for the private Mars mission. Read More >>

Curiosity Discovers a Giant Lake Once Suitable for Life on Mars

The possibility that Mars was once home to all kinds of life is looking better and better with each new Curiosity discovery. According to newly published research, the rover has stumbled across a site in the Gale Crater that scientists believe might have once been a lake full of life. Read More >>

Explore the Lumpy, Bumpy Martian North Pole in this 3D Video

You've probably never lent Mars's northern pole a great deal of thought, but you can explore it in wonderful 3D glory in this ESA video. Read More >>

The Red Planet's Deep Valleys in Kaleidoscopic Color

Do not adjust your monitor: Mars hasn't really been given a rainbow paint job. In fact, this image is a colour-coded topography showing the heights and depths of the planet's Ismeniae Fossae region. Read More >>

Ooh, Heaven is a Place on Earth

If you've ever wanted to visit the extreme environments used as offworld training landscapes for future astronauts—where bleak, windswept, and often highly remote locations act as surrogates for the surfaces of other planets—a new guidebook will help you find them. Assembled for the European Space Agency by scientists at the Open University, The Catalogue of Planetary Analogues (PDF) is now available for download. Read More >>

These Images Show the Brutal Scars on Mars's Surface

These images show the incredibly striking, scarred surface of Mars. Formed by huge tectonic forces, its canyons are an enduring reminder of stress and strain the red planet has undergone. Read More >>

8 Incredible Images That Make Mars Look Like A Petri Dish

Though NASA sadly spent its recent 55th birthday furloughing employees thanks to the US government shutdown, the discovery of water in Martian soil just a week earlier made for a pretty thrilling development at the agency. Read More >>


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