Mars

Mars atmosphere said to have contained oxygen, long before Earth

Mars atmosphere said to have contained oxygen, long before Earth

While the Curiosity rover is chugging along on the surface of Mars, NASA is making other discoveries from samples taken from other Mars rovers. This time around, looking at rock samples from NASA's Spirit rover, scientists have discovered that Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere some four billion years ago, which was long before when Earth developed oxygen in its atmosphere.

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NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA has already sent several rovers to Mars, but the ultimate goal is to send man to Mars. However, that's a huge undertaking which requires a ton of resources. NASA, being a government agency, doesn't have the amount of resources at the moment to undertake a manned mission to the red planet, leaving the door wide open for private space companies.

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Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

It's a great time for Lego: there's going to be a movie based on the building bricks, and the company just announced its latest set. As a part of Lego's Cuusoo project, fans are able to send in designs and ideas for future Lego sets, and the Mars Curiosity rover won this round, beating out the USC Sandcrawler from Star Wars and the Portal-themed Lego set.

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NASA Curiosity rover blasts Mars rock with laser 100 times

NASA Curiosity rover blasts Mars rock with laser 100 times

We've seen NASA's Mars Curiosity rover bore into Martian rock with a small drill multiple times, but the robot has just taken things to the next level: lasers. Specifically, the rover got to bore a small hole into Martian rock by blasting it with a laser repeatedly, causing a hole a few millimeters in diameter, which you can see after the jump.

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NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

The hunt for evidence of water on Mars that could support life has been a long and exciting one (depending on your definition of exciting). While there is evidence abound of water that used to be on the Martian planet, it has been of the highly acidic variety, which is not conducive to life. Now, however, NASA has discovered evidence of non-acidic water in Mars' past, a finding made by the rover Opportunity.

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SpaceX IPO not coming anytime soon, focusing on Mars colonization

SpaceX IPO not coming anytime soon, focusing on Mars colonization

There have been rumors flying around that the private space company SpaceX was thinking about filing for an initial public offering. However, in usual Elon Musk fashion, the company's CEO took to Twitter to dispel those rumors by saying that SpaceX has "no near term plans" for an IPO, and are focusing on colonizing Mars at the moment.

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NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

We've written about the Mars One project extensively, a plan to select, train, and send astronauts to Mars, where they will live out the rest of their lives. Other future projects won't necessarily involve a permanent life on Mars, but all will require a substantial number of years, and as such will require a very stable psychological state to handle. For its part, NASA is looking into monitoring the psychological state of its astronauts with a sensor-based "badge."

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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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