Mars

Caltech study may have explained Martian atmosphere mystery

Caltech study may have explained Martian atmosphere mystery

In the mid-1960s, scientists from Caltech, Robert B. Leighton, and Bruce C. Murray theorized about the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere that was discovered on a flyby by Mariner IV. The scientists theorized that Mars could have a long-term stable polar deposit of carbon dioxide ice that could control the global atmospheric pressure.

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NASA’s Moon to Mars program faces some huge changes

NASA’s Moon to Mars program faces some huge changes

NASA's plan to return to the Moon in 2024 could be delayed, with a new proposal suggesting the US space agency reduce its emphasis on another lunar landing and instead focus on a human mission to Mars. Until now, the so-called Moon to Mars Program had scheduled putting the first woman, and the next man, on the Moon in just four years time.

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An unexpected glitch left NASA’s Curiosity rover frozen on Mars

An unexpected glitch left NASA’s Curiosity rover frozen on Mars

A software glitch left NASA's Curiosity rover frozen in place, forcing scientists to come up with a fix so that the robot could resume its exploration of Mars. The multi-billion dollar rover has been operating on Mars since mid-2012, unleashing a battery of tests and tools onto the red planet from atop its six-wheeled platform.

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NASA asks public to vote on the best name for its Mars 2020 rover

NASA asks public to vote on the best name for its Mars 2020 rover

NASA has revealed the nine finalists in its Mars 2020 rover naming contest. According to the space agency, it received more than 28,000 essays starting on August 28 when the contest went live. More than 4,700 volunteer judges read and assessed these essays, narrowing them down to the best nine options. Now that the finalists have been revealed, the public gets to do its part in choosing the winner.

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ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

The European Space Agency has shared a new image of Mars captured using the camera on its Mars Express spacecraft. In the photo, we see Mars' north pole covered with large sheets of snowy white ice surrounded by otherwise reddish and dusty landscape. The image is surprisingly clear and smooth, resembling something one may capture with a 4K drone camera or DSLR.

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Watch the Mars 2020 rover ace NASA’s first driving tests

Watch the Mars 2020 rover ace NASA’s first driving tests

NASA's new Mars 2020 rover has trundled for the first time, with the autonomous space explorer destined for the Martian surface acing its driving test closer to home, in California. Having been under assembly for the past few months, the rover was ready to demonstrate that it could not only operate under its own weight, but do so with less involvement from NASA specialists back on Earth.

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Mars Express spacecraft’s new Phobos video shows rare phase angle

Mars Express spacecraft’s new Phobos video shows rare phase angle

The European Space Agency's Mars Express mission recently wrapped up its tracking of Phobos, the innermost moon orbiting Mars. Using the spacecraft's camera, the mission captured images of the oddly shaped moon from many angles, the collection of which have been assembled together into a video. Visible in the images are a number of the moon's features, including large craters and other marks.

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NASA unveils map of most accessible water ice on Mars

NASA unveils map of most accessible water ice on Mars

One of the biggest challenges for sending humans on missions into deep space or to another planet is in taking enough water to support human life and for fuel. This is why it's so important to find water on other planets that humans can access and use. NASA is planning to send humans to Mars in 2024, and ahead of that trip, it has unveiled a map that shows where the easiest to access water ice is on the surface of Mars.

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NASA details massive Mars dust towers as wide as Nevada

NASA details massive Mars dust towers as wide as Nevada

NASA's rovers were able to observe the global dust storm on Mars last year that ultimately brought Opportunity rover's mission to an end. Though they're known to scientists, these global dust storms are relatively rare, happening only once every decade or so. Last year's global storm gave NASA scientists the chance to study the weather, shedding light on the formation of massive dust spires that NASA calls 'dust towers.'

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ESA reveals human hibernation pod concept for long-term space travel

ESA reveals human hibernation pod concept for long-term space travel

The European Space Agency has published two concept images that show the hibernation pods and crew cabin that may be used as part of future long-term space missions involving human astronauts. The work comes from the ESA's Concurrent Design Facility, which was tasked with evaluating the use of hibernation in trips to other nearby planets including Mars.

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Entomologist backtracks on claims of insects on Mars

Entomologist backtracks on claims of insects on Mars

Earlier this week, an entomologist from Ohio University called William Romoser, came forward with claims that had a lot of people scratching their heads. Romoser said he had been pouring through images of the surface of Mars taken over the years and had found evidence in them that insects were living on the planet.

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Entomologist says that photos show evidence of life on Mars

Entomologist says that photos show evidence of life on Mars

Humanity has been searching for life on other planets and celestial bodies for many years. NASA currently has rovers and orbiters in space around Mars in part to search for life or evidence of past life. An entomologist from Ohio University claims that multiple photos taken by various Mars rovers have shown various insect-like and reptile-like forms.

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