Mars Archive
11 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover did indeed travel about 3 miles farther on the surface of the moon than originally thought, meaning that any robot hoping to break its distance record will have to run a full marathon, researchers say.
10 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Some people may be disappointed that NASA's next Mars rover won't carry a life-detection experiment, but hunting for currently existing Red Planet microbes is decidedly premature at this point, mission planners say. Looking for past life is a better bet.
09 July 2013, 09:28 PM ET
Antares is a red supergiant that one day will explode into a supernova.
09 July 2013, 04:57 PM ET
Officials in charge of Europe's ExoMars rover, part of a joint Mars exploration project with Russia, say they are confident the life-seeking robot will reach the Red Planet's surface despite Russia's record of star-crossed Mars missions.
09 July 2013, 03:26 PM ET
NASA's next Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, should hunt for signs of past Red Planet life and collect samples for eventual return to Earth, a team of mission planners has determined. The robot should explore a site that once was habitable, make its
09 July 2013, 12:43 PM ET
Democrats in the House are set to unveil their own NASA authorization bill, which unlike a much leaner Republican proposal would authorize $18.1 billion in spending for 2014 — more than NASA has gotten since 2011.
09 July 2013, 09:55 AM ET
NASA will discuss plans for its Mars rover launching in 2020, a huge robot slated to borrow the design of the agency's Mars rover Curiosity. The rover is expected to lay the groundwork for future manned Mars missions.
08 July 2013, 08:11 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has set out on its first big road trip, a long journey that will traverse miles of Red Planet scenery over the course of a year or so. It's heading for the base of Mount Sharp, which lies about 5 miles away.
08 July 2013, 07:12 PM ET
NASA's response to a seven-year-old boy who wants to be an astronaut has created quite a stir on the Internet Monday (July 8), surprising many people who apparently equate mailing letters to government agencies with chucking them in the nearest wastebaske
08 July 2013, 07:17 AM ET
Research into how Australian opals formed points toward Mars geology.
08 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A prototype Mars rover named Zoe recently drove, drilled and performed experiments autonomously in the Atacama to test out gear for future Red Planet missions.
05 July 2013, 01:40 PM ET
This vivid space wallpaper is a color-coded topographical map of the southeastern flank of the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars.
03 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The 30-second video shows the tiny moon Phobos climbing high into the Red Planet sky.
02 July 2013, 03:25 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory snapped imagery during a pass of the Martian moon shortly after sunset. Twenty seven minutes are sped up in this time-lapse.
02 July 2013, 11:30 AM ET
Research shows radiation not an obstacle to sending colonists to Mars.
01 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Astrobiologists use Earth as an analogue for other planets.
28 June 2013, 04:00 PM ET
NASA's Deep Space Network will support India's first Mars orbiter mission launching later this year.
28 June 2013, 02:07 PM ET
Mars and Jupiter will shine bright in the predawn morning skies of July 2013. Learn how to see the planets and the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower in late July.
27 June 2013, 05:01 AM ET
Mars has been exposed to Earth life for billions of years, via meteorite strikes.
25 June 2013, 02:39 PM ET
Can we get to Mars if we don't mine the moon?
24 June 2013, 06:27 AM ET
The Zoe robot's work in the Atacama could help plan out a life-hunting Mars mission.
19 June 2013, 04:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a scaled-down version of a full-circle view, which combined nearly 900 images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
19 June 2013, 03:53 PM ET
Viewers can zoom in and pan around the huge image.
18 June 2013, 01:15 PM ET
A House Science space subcommittee bill would direct NASA astronauts back to the moon.
17 June 2013, 03:48 PM ET
LEGO will produce a fan-built model of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.
17 June 2013, 02:28 PM ET
A methane-sniffing Mars orbiter is on track to launch in January 2016.
14 June 2013, 06:32 AM ET
Light materials such as plastic help block galactic cosmic rays.
13 June 2013, 03:20 PM ET
Future explorers on Mars will have to deal with high concentrations of the toxic chemical perchlorate.
13 June 2013, 11:29 AM ET
The MAVEN mission to Mars will use an Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) to study the extremely thin Martian atmosphere. This will help scientists better understand what happened to liquid water on the planet.
12 June 2013, 05:01 PM ET
The features apparently form in the early Martian spring.
11 June 2013, 04:54 PM ET
A boron-rich rock from Mars suggests the Red Planet once had the right chemistry to give rise to RNA.
11 June 2013, 12:49 PM ET
Fusion could potentially open vast swathes of the solar system to manned exploration.
11 June 2013, 12:27 PM ET
A few ideas that could open up the solar system to human exploration.
11 June 2013, 11:43 AM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper is a mosaic of Kasei Valles, comprising 67 images taken with the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express. This image was released June 6, 2013.
07 June 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Nobody knows what the record, set more than 40 years ago on the moon, actually is.
07 June 2013, 02:27 PM ET
The latest signs come from NASA's venerable Mars rover Opportunity.