Mars

Apollo 11 Moon dust found after missing for 40 years

Apollo 11 Moon dust found after missing for 40 years

An extremely rare and out of this world treasure was discovered recently. One that has many asking questions about why and how it went missing in the first place. Multiple priceless vials of Moon dust collected by the one and only Apollo 11, the late Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin have been found after missing nearly 40 years.

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Curiosity rover bores into Mars for second time

Curiosity rover bores into Mars for second time

It's been a few months since NASA's Curiosity rover drilled into Mars' rocky surface for the first time, but the little rover that could has bored into the red planet for the second time, collecting a healthy amount of Mars dirt along the way to be analyzed by the rover in the next few days.

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Mars rover Opportunity breaks space driving distance record

Mars rover Opportunity breaks space driving distance record

Mars rover Curiosity might be the talk of the town currently, but NASA's older Opportunity rover is still kicking it in high gear on the red planet. In fact, Opportunity has now traveled 22.22 miles, breaking a 40-year-old driving distance record of 22.21 miles when Apollo 17 astronauts traversed the Moon on a Lunar Roving Vehicle in 1972.

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Mars One astronaut applications near six-digit mark

Mars One astronaut applications near six-digit mark

About a month ago, a rather ambitious plan was unveiled - to colonize Mars with astronauts who will never return to Earth. With such a harsh reality - never seeing loved ones or, well, earth again - it would reasonable to expect such a project to have trouble finding volunteers. Such was not the case, however, with the organization behind it, Mars One, seeing a flood of applications almost immediately. It has been a few weeks now, but the latest numbers show no slowing in those who hope to call Mars their second home.

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Valve engineer applies to Mars One program

Valve engineer applies to Mars One program

Non-profit organization Mars One recently began accepting applications for the chance to travel to Mars in order to colonize the red planet, with the only caveat being that you'll be living there for the rest of your life. That didn't stop most applicants, though, as thousands of applications have been sent in to Mars One, one of which is from a Valve engineer.

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Manned Mars missions in 20 years say space experts

Manned Mars missions in 20 years say space experts

A manned mission to Mars could take place within the next two decades, NASA and the private sector have agreed, though the race is on to research and fund such the next ambitious step fo the space race. The feasibility of such a mission - and the political, financial, technological, and social problems that would need to be addressed first - is on the agenda of the Humans to Mars (H2M) summit this week, with NASA staffers, researchers, private space agencies, and more all coming together at George Washington University to explore the practicalities of sending astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.

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NASA calls on the public to send names and messages to Mars

NASA calls on the public to send names and messages to Mars

Mars is one of the most explored and research planets in our solar system thanks in part to its proximity to the Earth. Mars is also likely to be the first planet in our solar system, other than Earth, where humans will walk. NASA is currently conducting a number of experiments aboard spacecraft on the surface of Mars and orbiting the planet.

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One-way Mars trip sees thousands of astronaut applications

One-way Mars trip sees thousands of astronaut applications

Earlier this month, we told you about a Mars initiative where a non-profit company called Mars One would be planning to send astronauts to Mars on a one-way trip to colonize the red planet. The company is expecting a lot of applications -- up in the seven-digit range, and they may reach that goal, because 20,000 people have already applied in just three days.

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Astronaut recruitment for Mars colony project to begin in July

Astronaut recruitment for Mars colony project to begin in July

We've been hearing talks of the future formation of a colony on Mars, and it seems that space agencies and companies are quite adamant to get it going. In particular, a non-profit organization by the name of Mars One is planning to put four astronauts on Mars in 2023 to begin the process of forming a Mars colony, and they will begin the recruiting process in July.

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Curiosity rover experiment finds Mars has lost a lot of its ancient atmosphere

Curiosity rover experiment finds Mars has lost a lot of its ancient atmosphere

A recent experiment conducted aboard the NASA Curiosity rover has confirmed that Mars lost most of its ancient atmosphere. The experiment shows that billions of years ago, Mars was a significantly warmer and wetter world. Having a warmer and wetter climate would've made Mars more habitable earlier in its life.

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Curiosity rover communication moratorium in effect until May 1

Curiosity rover communication moratorium in effect until May 1

March was an eventful month for NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, which experienced a variety of issues and delays, some due to problems with the rover itself and others due to conditions outside of anyone's control. Those issues have been resolved, but now starting today a communication moratorium has gone into effect, and Curiosity will be on its own, perhaps taking the most exotic vacation ever, until May 1.

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Mars could be hit by a comet next year

Mars could be hit by a comet next year

A few years ago Jupiter was hit by several chunks of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 after the comet broke apart. The massive gravity of Jupiter ripped that comet into pieces and those chunks collided with the planet. Since Jupiter has such a thick atmosphere, all we could see were the effects the impact had on the thick atmosphere.

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