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Newfound Martian Aurora Actually the Most Common; Sheds Light on Mars’ Changing Climate

December 14, 2019

A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is actually the most common form of…
NASA’s Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars

December 11, 2019

NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024, a stepping stone on the path to sending…
Rover retrospective: Archives will fuel research for decades

December 6, 2019

In June 2018, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity succumbed to a massive dust storm, the largest researchers have seen on…
IKEA’s New Collection is Inspired by the Challenges of Living on Mars

December 5, 2019

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a simulated Martian habitat in Utah. It’s owned by the Mars…
Landslides Work Differently on Mars, and Now We Might Know Why

December 4, 2019

Some landslides, both here on Earth and on Mars, behave in a puzzling way: They flow a lot…
When Martian Storms Really Get Going, they Create Towers of Dust 80 Kilometers High

November 28, 2019

When a huge dust storm on Mars—like the one in 2018—reaches its full power, it can turn into…
Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky

November 27, 2019

Dust storms are common on Mars. But every decade or so, something unpredictable happens: A series of runaway…
Using Bacteria to Build a Base on Mars

November 25, 2019

When it comes to plans for future missions to space, one of the most important aspects will be…
NASA Updates Mars 2020 Mission Environmental Review

November 23, 2019

As NASA continues preparations for the summer 2020 Florida launch of its Mars 2020 rover, including the recent…
With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen

November 13, 2019

For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the…
Screening Soon: ‘The Pathfinders’ Trains Lens on Mars

November 7, 2019

The era NASA called “Faster, Better, Cheaper” started with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory agreeing to land something on…
New Selfie Shows Curiosity, the Mars Chemist

October 25, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover took this selfie on Oct. 11, 2019. A new selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars…
Mars InSight’s ‘Mole’ Is Moving Again

October 18, 2019

NASA’s InSight spacecraft has used its robotic arm to help its heat probe, known as “the mole,” dig…
HiRISE Views NASA’s InSight and Curiosity on Mars

October 17, 2019

The HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently sent home eye-catching views of the agency’s InSight lander…
Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond

October 15, 2019

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

October 11, 2019

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

October 9, 2019

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

October 8, 2019

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…
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