Curiosity Detects Large Methane Burst on Mars, NASA Orders Follow-Up Testing

Self-portrait of Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars. Photo Credit: NASA/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

It seems that Mars is belching methane again. NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected a new burst of the gas, it was reported today in the New York Times.

The new detection of the gas – which can come from either biology […]

ExoMars' Partners Sign Agreement Moving Mission Forward

ESA has signed an agreement this week with Roscosmos, which would see the two agencies work together to move forward with the development of the ExoMars mission. Image Credit: ESA

With the signing of a formal agreement regarding the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars mission, it appears that the two-part exploratory effort might […]

Russia to Spend $70 Billion on Space Program in 2013–2020

Russia’s involvement with the International Space Station—as evidenced by this remarkable shot of Soyuz TMA-07M, flying high above the Sahara during rendezvous operations on 21 December—is expected to continue throughout the next decade. Photo Credit: NASA

Russia is expected to spend 2.1 trillion rubles—about $70 billion—on the development of its national space industry […]

Russia Filling Void Left by NASA on ExoMars Mission?

The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has agreed to pick up where NASA left off in terms of the agreement that the U.S. space agency had with the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission. Image Credit: ESA

Abandoned by NASA, the European Space Agency has begun working with the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, […]