Curiosity's Discovery Of Gas Levels On Mars Raises Hopes For Life
Much has been opined about the possibility of life on Mars. The rovers that have been sent up there so far have yet to send back data that conclusively determines that there was life on Mars at any point since the planet’s existence. However, a recent discovery of methane gas has hinted at the possibility of life on the Red Planet.
NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover Is Officially Dead
NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover has helped scientists understand a lot more about the Red Planet and has also shaped the public’s view of our neighbor. The rover landed on Mars back in 2004 as part of the Mars Exploration Rover mission. 15 years later, NASA has confirmed that Opportunity is now officially dead.
NASA Photographs Mesmerizing 'Blue' Sand Dune On Mars
A mesmerizing “blue” sand dune on Mars has been photographed by NASA. The sand dune actually appears blue in an enhanced-color photo. Such dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters on the Red Planet. This particular dune formed in a region of the Lyot Crater and was captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Mars Orbiter Spots NASA's InSight Lander From Space
Many of us have been fascinated by the journey of NASA’s InSight lander. It landed on Mars a couple of weeks ago after spending around six months traveling through space. The robot’s precise location within the Elysium Planitia is now known as it has been spotted by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from space.
NASA's InSight Lander Sends A Selfie From Mars
NASA InSight lander’s selfie game is literally out of this world. It recently arrived on the Red Planet and to prove that it is indeed chilling up there on Mars, it has sent a selfie which shows the lander in all its glory. The image was posted on NASA’s official Twitter account.
NASA InSight Lander Successfully Touches Down On Mars
InSight, NASA’s robotic lander, has successfully touched down on Mars. It has spent seven months traveling through space to reach the Red Planet. It notified the agency of its successful landing with a “beep” signal shortly after touching down to confirm that everything was as it should be. A photo of the Martian surface where it landed was sent back to Earth as well.
NASA Announces Landing Site For 2020 Mars Rover
NASA will be sending another rover to Mars in 2020 and the space agency has now confirmed where it’s going to land the machine. The Jezero Crater has been chosen as the landing site for the Mars 2020 rover. It has been selected as the landing spot after a five year search during which every detail of more than 60 possible locations was scrutinized and debated by the mission team […]
Airbus Reveals Early Design Of Its Mars Rover
NASA and the European Space Agency agreed in April this year to find out if it was possible to bring soil samples from Mars back to Earth. To that end, Airbus has been awarded a $5.2 million contract by the European Space Agency to develop a concept for a Mars rover which will be able to collect those samples on Mars. The Airbus team based in Stevenage, England was selected […]
NASA Sending A Helicopter To Mars
As part of its 2020 mission to put a more advanced rover on the Red Planet, NASA has announced that it’s going to send a small helicopter to Mars. This would make it the first time that an aircraft like the helicopter will be used outside our planet. The Mars Helicopter that NASA has developed is going to travel to the neighboring planet with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover. It’s […]
Musk Says SpaceX To Conduct Test Flights Of Mars Ship Next Year
SpaceX has a stated goal of reaching Mars and the company has gradually been developing technology that will help it achieve that goal. Elon Musk, the man behind SpaceX, is no stranger to ambitious deadlines that his companies tend to miss more often than not. He has now said that SpaceX will likely be able to conduct test flights of its Mars spaceship by next year.
SpaceX Dragon Capsules Will Not Land On Mars
SpaceX has long been planning to land its Dragon capsules on the Red Planet. The company said earlier this year that its previous objective of landing the capsule on Mars by 2018 was ambitious so it pushed the timeline to 2020. However, it seems that SpaceX won’t be doing that anymore. The company’s founder Elon Musk has said that the Red Dragon project has been completed and that the existing […]
SpaceX And NASA Working To Identify Landing Spots On Mars
NASA has been working with the aim of putting humans on Mars for a very long time. It’s not alone in this endeavor, many private companies on working on something similar, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX. According to a new report, SpaceX has been working with NASA to identify potential landing spots on the Red Planet. They will study the viability of the spots that they pick in a bid to […]
SpaceX's Mars Transporter Can Go 'Well Beyond' Mars
SpaceX is just one of the companies that’s working to put humans on Mars. One of its inventions for this purpose is the Mars Colonial Transporter, which as the name suggests is meant for transporting humans from Earth to the Red Planet. It’s only after humans have landed on Mars will people really start thinking about putting them on another planet, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is already saying that […]
Musk Reiterates Aim To Land Humans On Mars By 2024
Sincere efforts are being made to send humans to Mars, not just by government agencies like NASA but also by private space companies like SpaceX. The founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has said in the past that he wants to put humans on Mars in less than a decade. He has reiterated that aim today, saying that the aim is to send humans to Mars as early as […]
Jupiter's Europa Moon Might Be Able To Support Life
For centuries, man has looked to the sky and wondered if it’s truly alone in this vast universe and if it’s possible to sustain human life on planets other than our own. Sincere efforts are being made to answer these questions and as humans try to camp out on Mars, research continues into planets far away from Earth and their potential to harbor life. A NASA study has found that […]
Hubble Snaps Beautiful New Image Of Mars
Mars is a planet closest to the sphere we call home. It’s a planet that humans are ambitious about, that they think they will be able to make a colony on. Sincere efforts are being made to send humans to Mars in order to determine whether or not it would be possible for life to survive there. We’ve already seen countless images of Mars from afar and from the surface, […]
Scientists Discover Atomic Oxygen In Mars’s Atmosphere
Despite us humans having inhabited Earth for as long as we have, there are still plenty of things that we have yet to discover, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that new things are being discovered on other planets such as Mars from time to time. The latest discovery comes in the form of the detection of atomic oxygen in Mars’s atmosphere.
ExoMars Mission Phase 2 Delayed Until 2020
Roscosmos, The Russian Federal Space Agency, and the European Space Agency have jointly announced today that phase 2 of the ExoMars mission has been delayed until 2020, as a result of which they will not be sending a rover to Mars until the end of this decade. The second phase of the ExoMars mission is aimed at finding out whether alien life exists on Mars, or if it has ever […]
SpaceX Will Send A Spacecraft To Mars By 2018
We know that SpaceX is very interested in going to Mars, and today we’re finding out that it wants to get this done quickly. The company has just announced its plans to send a spacecraft to the Red Planet by 2018. Given the amount of time required for conducting research and developing machines that can handle a trip to Mars, two years seems like a very ambitious timeline, but SpaceX […]
Europe And Russia Launch Joint Mission To Search For Signs Of Life On Mars
A joint mission has been launched by Roscosmos and the European Space Agency to explore the atmosphere of Mars and search for signs of life on the neighboring planet. It’s not a manned mission, they’ve sent up the unmanned ExoMars probe, the probe took off earlier today on a Russian rocket and is predicted to reach the Red Planet in October this year.