Mars

Curiosity’s latest Mars discovery: a floating ‘spoon’

Curiosity’s latest Mars discovery: a floating ‘spoon’

NASA's Curiosity rover keeps snapping pictures of things that look like other things, and some people insist it's all proof of a grand conspiracy and/or aliens. We haven't actually stumbled upon an alien yet (at least as far as we've been told), but we have come across rocks that look like rats, crabs, a woman, a pyramid, pieces of old houses, and whatever other images your brain forms from the rumble. And now, a spoon...but not just any ol' spoon.

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NASA’s Mars simulation begins year of isolation in Hawaii dome

NASA’s Mars simulation begins year of isolation in Hawaii dome

NASA's latest test in preparing for a manned mission to Mars began on Friday last week, with six people entering a small dome in Hawaii where they will remain for one full year. The voluntary isolation experiment has a crew of four Americans; a pilot, architect, doctor/journalist, and soil scientist; along with a French astrobiologist and German physicist. The group will live together in a dome that measures 36 feet wide and 20 feet tall, and can only outside if wearing a full spacesuit.

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NASA responds to Curiosity’s photos of little green women

NASA responds to Curiosity’s photos of little green women

This week one of NASA's scientists working on the Mars rover project was asked to comment on multiple sightings of odd objects on the planet's surface. Everything from Martian crabs to Martian rats and back to the newest: a lizard! Today we'll go through a number of photos of supposed alien life on Mars along with Ashwin Vasavada's responses to each of them. We'll begin with the especially terrifying prospect of the miniature ghostly striding woman found several weeks ago.

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NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip

NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip

NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip if you sign up before the midnight deadline on September 8. Upon signing up, users are presented with a futuristic-looking boarding pass including a “frequent flyer number” and other details, such as the launch site location, rocket, arrival site, when the launch is scheduled, and more. This batch of names (as you might know, NASA had done this before) will be shipping out with the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, more commonly called InSight.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover takes better selfies than you

NASA’s Curiosity rover takes better selfies than you

NASA's Mars mission rover Curiosity sends back images captured near a drilled rock called "Buckskin". Not to be outdone by today's "The Martian" trailer release, NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has sent the image you're about to see as a composite of several photos captured in short sequence. The image you're seeing here is part of a larger panorama also available in the gallery below. This image was captured with Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) earlier this month and attained by NASA this week.

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NASA shares the real tech behind Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”

NASA shares the real tech behind Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”

Today NASA is showing the real science behind the film "The Martian". Not just the bits and pieces you'll know already - space travel and all that - but the technology you might not have known exists. NASA has the technology to make MOST of what you'll see in The Martian a reality. All they need is time and funding. And Matt Damon, of course. Can't forget Matt Damon. And Ridley Scott. This all begins with "the Hab", or The Habitat, the place where our hero Watney spends his days in the film.

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Mars One project inspires clothing line, is still ill-fated

Mars One project inspires clothing line, is still ill-fated

Mars One inspired a lot of people when it first entered the public eye. Thousands of applicants volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Almost immediately, though, critics began pointing out big problems with the proposed plan, and soon after the applicants themselves began raising issues. The dream is still alive despite this, and the company is still pushing on, still insisting that its plan is possible. Spawning from the project is an upcoming line of clothing that will be revealed at the upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show.

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NASA pic spurs conspiracy theory about crabs on Mars

NASA pic spurs conspiracy theory about crabs on Mars

Let's play a game. It's called, "Can you spot the crab in this NASA picture from Mars?" If you look and look again and still can't find that pesky crab, don't be dismayed. The crab (probably) doesn't exist, and so you shouldn't be upset unless you actually do see a crab or two in the picture, in which case you have our condolences. That hasn't stopped the Internet from lighting up with speculation, accusations that NASA is keeping another secret, and the disappointing reality that, apparently, a crab is our first introduction to alien lifeforms.

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NASA’s new drone will use jets to fly in Mars’ atmosphere

NASA’s new drone will use jets to fly in Mars’ atmosphere

NASA continues to build tools that will one day be used to better explore planets, like Mars, in preparation for one day building structures. One such new project is a quadcopter-style drone that will be used to look for resources. Dubbed Extreme Access Flyers and designed by NASA's Swamp Works laboratory, they need to be able to fly in environments that have little to no air. Instead of relying on rotor blades, one model uses gas jets in order to get around.

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NASA Mars Trek takes you on a tour of the Red Planet

NASA Mars Trek takes you on a tour of the Red Planet

Of all the planets in the solar system other than Earth, the most explored is Mars. NASA has a number of rovers and space ships in orbit around Mars and has mapped enough of the surface of the planet to give us a very detailed look at what it's like. If you want to do some virtual exploring of Mars on your own, NASA has a new Mars Trek website that you will want to check out.

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