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Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond


People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools…
Summit simulates how humans will ‘brake’ during Mars landing

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The type of vehicle that will carry people to the Red Planet is shaping up to be “like…
First global analysis of submarine canyons, which may shed light on Martian landscapes

5 days ago

Submarine canyons are a final frontier on planet Earth. There are thousands of these breathtaking geological features hidden…
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars

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If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is…
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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Tests Descent-Stage Separation

October 7, 2019

In this picture from Sept. 28, 2019, engineers and technicians working on the assembly and testing of the…
Scientists chose basalt, because the surface of the Moon and Mars contains a lot of this kind of rock. Image credit: NASA via Wikimedia, Public Domain
Sun Science has a Bright Future on the Moon

October 4, 2019

here are many reasons NASA is pursuing the Artemis mission to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024: It’s a crucial…
NASA’s InSight ‘Hears’ Peculiar Sounds on Mars

October 2, 2019

Put an ear to the ground on Mars and you’ll be rewarded with a symphony of sounds. Granted,…
What Will It Take To Feed A Million People On Mars?

October 2, 2019

In 2017, Elon Musk laid out his grand sweeping plans for the future of SpaceX, the company that…
NASA is Testing a Drill to Search for Life on Mars – On Its Own

September 20, 2019

NASA has barely scratched the surface of Mars – literally. While past rovers have dug inches into the…
Want To Explore Mars? Send Humans To The Moons Of Mars First: Phobos And Deimos

September 19, 2019

Humans to Mars. That’s the plan right? The problem is that sending humans down to the surface of…
Nothing Says Springtime on Mars Like Explosions of Sand

September 17, 2019

Springtime on Earth can be a riotous affair, as plants come back to life and creatures large and…
Avalanche Season on Mars

September 12, 2019

Every spring the sun shines on the side of the stack of layers at the North Pole of…
NASA Research Gives New Insight into How Much Atmosphere Mars Lost

September 6, 2019

A key tracer used to estimate how much atmosphere Mars lost can change depending on the time of…
It Hasn’t Rained on Mars for a Long Time, but These Sand Dunes Look Like Raindrops

September 5, 2019

Mars is well-known for being a dry and arid place, where dusty red sand dunes are prevalent and…
NASA-JPL Names ‘Rolling Stones Rock’ on Mars

August 23, 2019

For decades, the music of The Rolling Stones has had a global reach here on Earth. Now, the…
New Finds for Mars Rover, Seven Years After Landing

August 6, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has…
Cold, dry planets could have a lot of hurricanes

July 25, 2019

Study overturns conventional wisdom that water is needed to create cyclones. Nearly every atmospheric science textbook ever written…
Terraforming the Surface of Mars with Silica Aerogel?

July 23, 2019

The idea of terraforming Mars and other planets within the Solar System and beyond has not only deep…
What Does a Marsquake Look Like?

July 23, 2019

Southern California got all shook up after a set of recent quakes. But Earth isn’t the only place…
Mars 2020 Rover: T-Minus One Year and Counting

July 18, 2019

The launch period for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover opens exactly one year from today, July 17, 2020, and…
Four Berkeley satellites could be exploring Mars and Earth by 2022

July 10, 2019

If all goes as planned, two teams of scientists and engineers at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory will…
Is NASA Sacrificing Sending Astronauts to Mars in Order to Get to the Moon Sooner?

July 9, 2019

On December 11th, 2017, President Trump issued Space Policy Directive-1, a change in national space policy which tasked…
Where Does Mars’ Methane Go? New Study Provides Possible Answer, with Implications in the Search for Life.

July 5, 2019

For centuries, scientists have speculated about the existence of life on Mars. But it was only within the…
NASA’s InSight Uncovers the ‘Mole’

July 2, 2019

Behold the “mole”: The heat-sensing spike that NASA’s InSight lander deployed on the Martian surface is now visible.…
This image was taken by the left Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on June 18, 2019, the 2,440th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. It shows part of "Teal Ridge," which the rover has been studying within a region called the "clay-bearing unit." Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Curiosity Detects Unusually High Methane Levels.

June 24, 2019

This week, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover found a surprising result: the largest amount of methane ever measured during…
InSight’s Team Tries New Strategy to Help the ‘Mole’

June 6, 2019

Scientists and engineers have a new plan for getting NASA InSight’s heat probe, also known as the “mole,”…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Gets HD Eyes

June 1, 2019

One of the first operations the Mars 2020 rover will perform after touching down on the Red Planet’s…
NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Finds a Clay Cache

May 30, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover has confirmed that the region on Mars it’s exploring, called the “clay-bearing unit,” is well…
This Strange Feature on Mars was Probably the Result of an Ancient Volcanic Explosion

May 29, 2019

A strange feature on the surface of Mars has kept scientists guessing about its origin. It’s a surface…
Konstantinos P. Giapis with his reactor that converts carbon dioxide to molecular oxygen.
Comet Inspires Chemistry for Making Breathable Oxygen on Mars

May 28, 2019

Science fiction stories are chock full of terraforming schemes and oxygen generators for a very good reason—we humans…
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