These are the top space stories this week from Space.com.
Mars, the Red Planet, is the fourth planet from the sun.
Massive dust towers on Mars that formed during global storms may be 'space elevators' that contributed to the loss of the planet's ancient water, according to NASA's description of new research.
How time does fly: NASA's InSight Mars lander has now been on the Red Planet for a full (Earth) year.
Weather models are a daily staple of life on Earth, but they can go interplanetary as well, sometimes with a boost from Earth's most sophisticated computers.
A professor suggests there are bugs on Mars, but this questionable claim could hurt the search for life, experts say.
China just tested out its brand-new facility for simulating Mars landings, marking a big step in the nation's planned march to the Red Planet.
This alien-like world is filled with hydrothermal pools that are some of the most extreme environments on the planet
The full moon of November, called the Beaver Moon, will shine in the constellation Aries on Nov. 12, the same day as the peak of the Northern Taurid meteor shower.
NASA's Mars 2020 rover was moved into a vacuum chamber and tested under Mars-like environmental conditions to prepare for its launch to the Red Planet next summer.
Curiosity is the last functioning rover on Mars, and its lonely mission has taken the robot to a steep mountain in the middle of a vast crater.
Both SpaceX and NASA have ideas about how to get humans to the Red Planet, but the founder of the Mars Society says there's a better way to do it.
NASA is looking for ways to make a visit to the International Space Station a little more like a voyage to Mars.
The coming generation of moon explorers should consider using lunar habitats as a test bed for future Mars missions, said a representative from the French space agency.
Take it or leaf it: Mars won't offer the sort of veggie options on display at your neighborhood supermarket.
Space.com's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
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