Mars

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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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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Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

NASA may have already landed several rovers on the surface of Mars, but that isn't stopping other countries from trying it themselves. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos have signed a deal to launch an orbiter in 2016 that will orbit the Red Planet, as well as plans to put a rover on Mars in 2018 as part of the ExoMars program.

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