Mars Archive
18 September 2013, 04:51 PM ET
Water, water everywhere, and some of it fit to drink. That’s the picture of ancient Mars that has emerged during the past few months thanks to discoveries by NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring the Red Planet since August 2012.
13 September 2013, 08:28 PM ET
What will life on Mars look like when the first settlers arrive?
12 September 2013, 01:52 PM ET
The process of selecting a site for NASA's next landing on Mars, planned for September 2016, has narrowed to four semifinalist sites located close together in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars, as seen in this space wallpaper.
11 September 2013, 03:42 PM ET
A group that's looking for the first Red Planet colonists received applications from more than 200,000 prospective astronauts vying for a spot on a one-way trip to Mars.
10 September 2013, 11:21 AM ET
Prominent patches of wind-blown dust, possibly mixed with volcanic ash, radiate from Becquerel crater and into a neighboring crater, as seen in this spectacular space wallpaper.
10 September 2013, 10:40 AM ET
The University College of London, the only UK host of a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, has recently released a stunning selection of the historic space pictures—many of them never published online before, others only ever in low resolution.
06 September 2013, 02:32 PM ET
NASA's Curiosity rover has captured two stunning videos of solar eclipses from the surface of Mars, including one that shows the Red Planet's skies darkening above the 1-ton robot. Curiosity recorded the eclipses on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20.
06 September 2013, 11:32 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of Mars' moon Phobos eclipsing the Sun on August 19th, 2013. It also captured the shadow cast by the eclipse.
05 September 2013, 08:37 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory had its sights set on the Sun when Phobos passed directly in front of it.
04 September 2013, 05:58 PM ET
Researchers are working on new rover software that say they could help prevent small, lightweight vehicles, such as the 1-ton Curiosity, from running into extraterrestrial sand traps like that one that doomed NASA's Mars rover Spirit.
04 September 2013, 05:38 PM ET
A colossal storm that raged on Saturn in 2010 and 2011 churned water ice up from deep within the ringed planet's thick atmosphere. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected the ice crystals from orbit, marking the first observation of water on the planet.
04 September 2013, 04:14 PM ET
NASA is weighing candidate landing sites for its next mission to the surface of Mars, a three-legged InSight probe that will study the Red Planet's core in 2016. The $425 million mission will launch toward Mars in March 2016 and land near the planet's equ
04 September 2013, 03:55 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a comparison of how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
03 September 2013, 06:42 AM ET
Tens of thousands of people are prepared to leave their families, jobs and lives behind for a one-way trip to Mars. But what sort of person would go?
01 September 2013, 01:00 PM ET
A key chemical ingredient for life may have been more abundant on early Mars than on early Earth, researchers say.
30 August 2013, 05:53 PM ET
Two Brown University scientists are a step closer to solving a four-decade old mystery about some unusual looking craters on Mars.
30 August 2013, 02:28 PM ET
Saturn, Venus, Mars and Jupiter will all be sharing the September nights' sky with the Moon, and toward the end of the month, comet ISON will line up with Mars.
30 August 2013, 11:14 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows part of a set of three images revealing views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
29 August 2013, 01:40 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has captured the sharpest-ever images of a solar eclipse as seen from the Red Planet. The 1-ton robot snapped pictures as Phobos, the larger of Mars' two tiny moons, blotted out much of the solar disk on Aug. 20.
29 August 2013, 08:20 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover used autonomous navigation for the first time on Tuesday. The robot will likely use this "autonav" capability more and more as it continues the long trek toward the base of Mars' huge Mount Sharp, NASA officials said.
28 August 2013, 06:05 PM ET
We may all be Martians. Evidence is building that Earth life originated on Mars and was brought to our planet aboard a meteorite, says biochemist Steven Benner of The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Florida.
28 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A private Mars colonization effort has fallen short of its expected number of astronaut applications but still aims to put boots on the Red Planet in 2023. With a few days left in the application process, Mars One has received about 165,000 submissions.
28 August 2013, 06:32 AM ET
NASA's Maven mission will study the Martian upper atmosphere.
27 August 2013, 12:01 PM ET
Scientists are hoping to induce an unconscious state in astronauts so that they can be stored in cold capsules for long space flights. Here's how astronaut hibernation and suspended animation might one day work.
26 August 2013, 06:36 AM ET
By the time humanity is ready to put boots on Mars, the long cruise to the Red Planet may be as easy as a dream. NASA-funded scientists are investigating ways to induce hibernation in astronauts, which could make the Mars trip cheaper and more efficient.
23 August 2013, 10:27 AM ET
The deadline approaches for applications to join a one-way mission to Mars. Though the prospect is off-putting to many, it's also the dream of a lifetime to some.
22 August 2013, 12:44 PM ET
A new documentary profiles the people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: leaving Earth on a one-way trip to Mars. The film, "One Way Astronaut," tells the story of the Mars One mission to send humans to Mars starting in 2023.
20 August 2013, 04:58 PM ET
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has reached the site where it will wait out its sixth Red Planet winter. The rover is studying rocks at the foot of Solander Point, whose north-facing slope will allow the solar-powered rover to work through the coming winter
19 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A newly announced contest asks students to propose design concepts for the Inspiration Mars mission, a private effort that aims to launch two astronauts on a close flyby of the Red Planet in January 2018.
16 August 2013, 12:10 PM ET
The possible 'Comet of the Century' will come about 6.5 million miles away from the Red Planet, much closer than it will Earth. NASA will have its eyes on the ground and sky pointed in its direction.
15 August 2013, 05:57 PM ET
Curiosity snapped the 41 images that comprise the 30-second video on Aug. 1, becoming the first robot ever to capture a view of the two satellites — called Phobos and Deimos — eclipsing each other from the Martian surface.
15 August 2013, 05:14 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory used its Mast Camera to photograph the larger moon Phobos occult the smaller Deimos. 41 images taken on Aug. 1st, 2013 are compiled and time-lapsed (real-time was 55 seconds).
14 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Six people emerged from a space habitat on Hawaii's Big Island Tuesday, ending a four-month simulated mission designed to study how best to feed astronauts during the long trip to Mars. The HI-SEAS mission began in mid-April and lasted 118 days.
14 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The moon may be more of a stumbling block than a stepping stone on humanity's path to Mars. The perceived need to develop lunar infrastructure and resources first could push a manned Red Planet mission far off into the future, NASA's Harley Thronson says.
12 August 2013, 03:37 PM ET
If humanity hopes to establish a lasting presence on Mars, it will have to learn to live off the land. Ambitious exploration efforts have always aimed for self-sufficiency, but the need is especially acute when "the new world" is another planet.
09 August 2013, 11:39 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows the ancient cratered southern highlands of Mars. Faint traces of a wet past are seen in the form of channels (lower center), fluidized debris around craters (bottom right) and blocks of eroded sediments (top left).