Mars

A huge ice reservoir could be hiding inside Mars

A huge ice reservoir could be hiding inside Mars

A vast cache of water or ice could be lurking just beneath the surface of Mars, scientists claims, using meteorite research to figure out where the "missing Martian water" might have actually ended up. While signs of the historic effects of subsurface and ground ice have been observed in previous orbital surveys, evidence for a lingering supply of water has proved troublesome to pin down, even though the red planet's history is believed to have seen it wet and warm. By looking at the make-up of Martian meteorites found on Earth, however, connections have been spotted between them and a possible surface reservoir.

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Curiosity Rover discovers ancient Martian organic molecules

Curiosity Rover discovers ancient Martian organic molecules

NASA has just reached another breakthrough in its exploration of Mars' landscape and history. Barely two weeks after revealing their findings and theories about the Gale Crater, the scientists are now announcing that the Mars Rover has found two things: a tenfold spike in methane gas as well as organic molecules in rock-powder drilled by the robot. These two organic materials could help in learning more about Mars and its history as well as helping predict its viability as a habitat in the future.

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NASA image shows bizarre circular mound on Mars

NASA image shows bizarre circular mound on Mars

We've seen quite a few pictures snapped beyond our own world -- there's the recent Europa image, for example -- and the newest shot from Mars is no different. What is unique is the natural structure it shows: a circular mound in an otherwise smooth landscape. NASA posted the image yesterday with a statement pondering what the feature might be, and it is leaning toward volcanism as being the cause. As always, we've the rest of the details available after the jump.

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Mars One mission could fail terribly, says MIT students

Mars One mission could fail terribly, says MIT students

The world's interest in sending people to Mars has never been higher, and for good reason: it is cited as both a necessity for the human race, and the technology to pull it off is advancing quickly. Multiple entities are looking into sending people to the Red Planet, perhaps the most notable being Mars One, which is looking to send a group of astronauts on a one-way trip. Unfortunately, as exciting as the prospects are, a group of MIT students says the mission is doomed, and that with the current plan the astronauts would starve.

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Elon Musk: we must put people on Mars to survive

Elon Musk: we must put people on Mars to survive

Both NASA and SpaceX have their eyes on Mars, both for seemingly very different reasons. While NASA is busy researching the planet to find out what secrets it holds, Elon Musk is looking towards a future where we establish human colonies on the Red Planet. Such a mission, he says, is vital for the future of humanity.

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NASA’s latest challenge seeks Mars Spacecraft payload ideas

NASA’s latest challenge seeks Mars Spacecraft payload ideas

NASA has issued a new challenge, this one called the Balance Mass Challenge, which is seeking ideas from the public on payloads for the Mars Spacecraft. The challenge is detailed under the space agency's newly unveiled NASA Solve website, which was introduced at the World Maker Faire recently.

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Mars Rover Opportunity’s next feat: long distance reformat

Mars Rover Opportunity’s next feat: long distance reformat

NASA has just announced that it has started preparations to have the Opportunity Mars Rover's flash memory reformatted, a procedure that is relatively rarely undertaken considering the intricacies involved in trying to reformat a computer located on a different planet.

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NASA Augmented Reality app brings Mars Rover to your desk

NASA Augmented Reality app brings Mars Rover to your desk

The NASA Spacecraft 3D app has been updated today to allow all iOS and Android users take part in an experience which puts spacecraft in their living room. This app utilizes augmented reality in a way that the creators of the PlayRoom for PS4’s Camera would be proud of. Place a ship here, run it around there, and take photos all the while.

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Achievement Unlocked: Mars rover sets off-world driving record

Achievement Unlocked: Mars rover sets off-world driving record

NASA’s Opportunity Rover has set the human record for off-world driving distance this week. This record was previously held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover, whose record was smashed as Opportunity kicked out 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. Any opportunity to one-up our space-race comrades, that’s what we like!

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Curiosity rover takes Mars selfie on first birthday

Curiosity rover takes Mars selfie on first birthday

While the rover itself has technically been in service for far longer than a year, its Mars visit has now lasted one full Martian cycle. That’s a whole cycle around the sun for Mars, also known as a Martian year. To celebrate, the NASA Mars Curiosity rover stretched one of its arms out to take a lovely selfie.

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New Mars crater half the length of football field spotted

New Mars crater half the length of football field spotted

Mars has been NASA's latest stomping ground, the source of a lot research and the occasional mystery. The latest exciting discovery on the Red Planet was a massive crater half the length of a football field, which is said to be the "biggest impact crater in the solar system that has been confirmed with both before and after images."

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IAU won’t legitimize any purchased names for Martian craters

IAU won’t legitimize any purchased names for Martian craters

The international Astronomical Union or IAU is the authority that assigns the official names to celestial bodies and the surface features of those bodies. It is the only recognized naming organization and if it doesn't approve and assign a name, the name doesn't stick. There are firms that offer to let people name space objects for a fee.

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