NASA rover gains Martian vista from ridgeline
The rim surrounding Endeavour Crater on Mars recedes southward, then sweeps around to the east in a vista obtained by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The view is from high on the south end of the ...
Martian mineral could be linked to microbes
(Phys.org) —Scientists have discovered that the earliest living organisms on Earth were capable of making a mineral that may be found on Mars.
Construction to begin on 2016 NASA Mars lander
(Phys.org) —NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.
Mars rover Curiosity wrapping up waypoint work
(Phys.org) —Portions of powdered rock collected by drilling into a sandstone target last week have been delivered to laboratory instruments inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, and the rover will soon drive ...
Earth organisms survive under Martian conditions
(Phys.org) —New research suggests that methanogens—among the simplest and oldest organisms on Earth—could survive on Mars.
MAVEN solar wind ion analyzer will look at key player in Mars atmosphere loss
This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission in the hope of understanding how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.
ESA image: Phobos and Jupiter align
(Phys.org) —Even though it may only be a lump of porous rock, Phobos isn't shy about hogging the limelight in this sequence taken by ESA's Mars Express. These three images show Phobos, the larger of the ...
Against the current with lava flows
Primeval lava flows formed the massive canyons and gorge systems on Mars. Water, by contrast, was far too scarce on the red planet to have cut these gigantic valleys into the landscape. This is the conclusion ...
Interesting prospects for Comet A1 Siding Spring versus the Martian atmosphere
It may be the chance of a lifetime for planetary science. This October, a comet will brush past a planet, giving scientists a chance to study how it possibly interacts with a planetary atmosphere.
Mars mission scientist Colin Pillinger dies
British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, the driving force behind the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, died on Thursday at the age of 70, his family said.
50 years of Mars observations
(Phys.org) —In 1964, Caltech astronomy professor Guido Münch and Jet Propulsion Laboratory space scientists Lewis Kaplan and Hyron Spinrad pushed the world's second-largest telescope to its limits and ...
Another word for Mars is dust, says rover camera operator
(Phys.org) —There's a four-letter word to describe conditions on Mars, and it's not pretty: Dust. It is everywhere and anywhere on Mars, and dust is a key component of Martian weather, says a Texas A&M ...
Research uncovering the mysteries of the Red Planet
Standing on the red, impact-scarred surface of Mars was the childhood dream of many grown-up scientists, but few have experienced a space adventure quite like Ross Lockwood.
Video: Student camps four months on Hawaiian volcano to study effects of long-term space missions
Ross Lockwood, a PhD student in physics at the University of Alberta, talks about his experience camped 8,000 ft. above sea level on the side of a Hawaiian volcano as part of NASA's Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation ...