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Martian Winds Give Opportunity Rover Big Power Boost Atop Red Planet Mountain Science Goldmine

NASA’s Opportunity rover was imaged here from Mars orbit by the MRO HiRISE camera on Feb. 14, 2014. This mosaic shows Opportunity’s view while looking back to vast Endeavour crater from atop Murray Ridge by summit of Solander Point. Opportunity captured this photomosaic view on Feb. 16, 2014, (Sol 3579) from the western rim [...]

Is This New Evidence for Ancient Life on Mars?

Scanning electron microscope image from inside the Martian meteorite Yamato 000593 (Y000593), showing the tunnels and micro-tunnels. Image Credit: NASA

The debate over possible evidence for life on Mars is one of the most hotly debated subjects in space science, and some news released Feb. 27 is sure to add fuel to the fire. Studies of a Martian meteorite, known [...]

Experts Emphasised Need for Long-Term Vision and More Funding for NASA During Recent Congressional Hearing

The long-term goal in NASA’s human spaceflight program is human trips to Mars during the mid-2030s. Will the 2021 manned Mars-Venus flyby mission proposal discussed at a recent Congressional hearing help to accelerate the agency’s plans by gaining the political support of Congress? Image Credit: NASA

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee of the [...]

House Science Committee Hearing to Discuss Mars-Venus Flyby as Mission Proposal for Second SLS Flight in 2021

A hearing scheduled by the House Science Committee will attempt to explore the possibility of the first manned SLS/Orion flight in 2021 conducting a Mars-Venus flyby. Could this lead to Dennis Tito’s and Inspiration Mars’ plans becoming a reality? Image Credit: NASA

A hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, [...]

Mars Jelly Doughnut Mystery Solved, and It's Not an Alien or a Doughnut

This before-and-after pair of images of the same patch of ground in front of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 13 days apart documents the arrival of a bright rock onto the scene. The rover had completed a short drive just before taking the second image, and one of its wheels likely knocked the rock—dubbed [...]

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Repositioned to Observe Possible Water Processes on Martian Surface

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft orbiting Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.—in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, Colo.—recently fired up the thrusters on the space agency’s longest-serving Mars explorer in an attempt to study the planet’s surface during Martian dawn. Mars [...]

Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about [...]

Opportunity Rover Celebrates 10th Anniversary Since Arrival on Mars

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was given a 90-day life expectancy; she is currently in her 10th year of Martian exploration. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Less than a year after it broke the record for the farthest-driven NASA vehicle on an alien world, the Mars Exploration Rover-B—better known as “Opportunity”—tomorrow celebrates the 10th anniversary of [...]

Curiosity Determines Ancient Lake Was Habitable, While MRO Suggests Water Might Still Flow on Mars

This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This week, NASA released some very interesting findings regarding water on Mars, from both the agency’s Curiosity rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It has been known for years that Mars did indeed have liquid [...]

India Enters Fourth Place By Setting Spacecraft En-Route to Mars

Although the first hurdle for the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has been overcome, the next 10 months are fraught with difficulty. Image Credit: ISRO

In a historic event, India has become only the fourth discrete nation or group of nations—after the United States, Russia, and the European Space Agency (ESA)—to successfully despatch a homegrown [...]