These are the top space stories this week from Space.com.
Mars, the Red Planet, is the fourth planet from the sun.
Many tiny patches of modern Martian ground may be capable of supporting life, if only very briefly, a new study suggests.
Early cosmic impacts may have influenced the evolution of Mars, suggesting that the Red Planet formed much slower than previously thought.
It's some next-level skywatching: Scientists are using images captured by NASA's InSight lander to look for meteors on Mars.
A NASA probe at Mars made a finding that could help scientists better understand radio interference at Earth.
A crew of researchers prepared to leave "Mars" this past Saturday (Jan. 18) as another crew arrived, ready to explore the "moon."
An attitude problem sidelined NASA's Mars rover Curiosity recently, but the robot's handlers whipped it back into shape in short order.
NASA has chosen nine finalists in the student naming contest for its next Mars rover, which currently goes by the bland Mars 2020.
An all-female crew of analog astronauts have "returned to Earth," completing a two-week mission in a mock Mars habitat on the big island of Hawaii.
The waning crescent moon will form a triangle with the Red Planet and the bright star Antares in the morning sky on Monday (Jan. 20), and you can catch the trio in the morning sky before dawn.
The competition to name NASA's next Mars rover has entered a new phase, with the space agency culling the field from 28,000 down to 155.
The first pristine pieces of Mars won't be coming down to Earth for at least another decade, but the time to start preparing society for the epic arrival is now, scientists say.
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