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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]