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Depressions on surface of Mars offer clues for life

Austin - Was there life on Mars? This question continues to interest many people. The area to focus on, according to a new study, are the surface features, especially the depressions located close to volcanoes.

Ice homes designed for people to live in on Mars

The first humans to go to Mars may end up living in igloos or ice homes, built from the huge ice deposits found beneath the planet’s surface. The ice home would be a cost effective structure allowing space for four people to live and work in.

New focal point for looking for life on Mars

Houston - Is there life on Mars? The question these days is more ‘has there ever been life on Mars?’ In the search for past life (probably bacterial), scientists have selected a new ‘hot spot’ on the planet to investigate.

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash

Paris - A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said.

Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA

Paris - Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise.

Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA

Paris - Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars on Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with Russia for extraterrestrial life.

Mars explorer duo on course: ESA

Paris - European-Russian spacecraft were on course for Mars Monday after crucial deep-space manoeuvres in preparation for a daring mission to find evidence of life on the Red Planet.

NASA reschedules launch of troubled Mars InSight mission to 2018

NASA has set a new schedule for the launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars.

Mars isolation experiment in Hawaii ends

Los Angeles - The six people who went into isolation for a year in Hawaii to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people.

NASA moves on to next phase of Asteroid Redirect Mission

A movie trailer plays before you: the best space scientists of the private and public sector are teaming up to carry out an incredible mission — to relocate a scientifically-vital asteroid from space, into the orbit of the Moon.

Mars once had many moons

Mars, the red planet that is most like Earth in our solar system, once had several moons. It is thought the satellites now form part of the asteroid belt.

Curiosity rover finds unusual mineral on Mars

Houston - The Mars rover Curiosity has made a surprising discovery on the Martian surface. The rock sample offers tantalizing clues as to how the planet evolved.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Ambitious plans for a Mars orbiter announced

The multi-billion-dollar company Lockheed Martin is planning to construct a space station that will orbit Mars. The platform will first be tested around the Moon.

Mega-tsunamis 'sculpted' Mars surface

Paris - Monster tsunamis caused by meteor impacts swept across the northern plains of Mars more than three billion years ago, radically resculpting the edges of the Red Planet's ancient seas, according to a study published Thursday.

Out of this world: 'Moon and Mars veggies' grow in Dutch greenhouse

Wageningen - Establishing a human colony on the Moon and travelling to Mars has been the stuff of dreams since the dawn of the space age.But these visions face many hurdles. How can humans survive for months or years in the ultra-hostile environment of space?

Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

Paris - The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday.

Life on other planets? Scientists look to Ethiopia first

Scientists have been studying extreme conditions within the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia to see if the conditions there, which mimic conditions on other worlds, could predict life on certain planets.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

Science and technology will make it possible to garden on Mars

An aerospace engineering student at the University of Colorado, Boulder has been making the stuff of science-fiction into reality, inventing two robots that can grow fruits and vegetables as well as monitor human health in space.

China joins Mars probe race

China is joining the race to explore Mars as it prepares to launch a probe in 2020, according to an official of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Europe-Russia mission blasts off on hunt for life on Mars

Baikonur - A joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life on Mars blasted off on Monday for the start of a seven-month unmanned space journey to the Red Planet.

'Most Interesting Man in the World' taking a one-way trip to Mars

Heineken-owned Dos Equis is retiring “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” a famed beer campaign by the company, it was announced on Wednesday. But not to worry, we are going to be introduced to another "interesting man."

Mars recalls Dutch-made chocolates from 55 countries

Den Haag - US chocolate giant Mars Tuesday ordered a massive international recall of Mars and Snickers bars made at its Dutch factory after a piece of plastic found in one snack was traced back to the site.

Chocolate giant Mars orders recall of Mars, Snickers bars

Berlin - Chocolate giant Mars Tuesday ordered a massive recall of Mars and Snickers bars as well as Milky Way Minis in Germany and the Netherlands after plastic was found in a product.

Could life survive on Mars?

The question preoccupying NASA scientists is not so much "is there life on Mars?" but could life survive on Mars? In the case of fungi, the answer appears to be yes.

Essential Science: Why strong bones are needed for space travel

One limitation with a deep space mission, such as to Mars, is the effect of microgravity on astronauts. To find ways to build-up resilience and maintain bone strength, scientists have, surprisingly, been studying fish.

NASA suspends March launch of InSight mission to Mars

Chicago - NASA announced on Tuesday it has suspended the March 2016 launch of its InSight mission to Mars because of problems with a key scientific component.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Speculation grows about NASA's big Mars announcement today

Washington - Wild speculation continues online over what NASA plans to announce today concerning what has been discovered about Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.
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The LSDS team in Hawaii From left to right: Fuk Li, director of the Mars Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; Ian Clark, the LDSD principal investigator at JPL; Randy Lillard, the LDSD program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington; and Michael Gazarik, associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
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Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
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Photo taken by Curiosity rover in Mars' Gale Crater on April 3 shows light near the top of the frame to the left of center.
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Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
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NASA image of Mars' pink mountains
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Deep-fried Mars bar
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Curiosity takes a "selfie" to celebrate its One Mars Year Anniversary. Curiosity landed on sol 0. So the end of sol 668 marked one trip around the Sun for Curiosity's surface mission.
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tweet from will.i.am about broadcast of his song from Mars
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A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
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Mars distinct polar ice caps, but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes – between the blue lines, in both the southern and northern hemispheres. A thick layer of dust covers the glaciers, so they appear as the surface of the ground, but radar measurements show that there are glaciers composed of frozen water underneath the dust.
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Elon Musk plans a dome city on Mars.
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The red planet, Mars.
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Imagine a space trip taking seven months. What would you eat?
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The Mars Initiative
The Mars Initiative
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Mars-manned-mission vehicle (NASA Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0) feb 2009
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Locations of centers of purported nuclear bomb explosions on Mars
Locations of centers of purported nuclear bomb explosions on Mars
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Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
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