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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.

Liquid water found on Mars: NASA

Washington - Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars which makes it far more likely that life could be found there, the US space agency NASA said Monday.

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

Miami - Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.

Scientists discover Mars lake that may have had microbial life

Colorado scientists says they've identified the best place to search for signs of past life on Mars — within an evaporated lake basin.

Woman from England pulls out of one-way trip to Mars

Maggie Lieu, 24, a student from England, previously said she wanted to be the first person to give birth to an alien baby has decided to pull out of a one-way mission to Mars.

Martian meteorites provide intriguing hints of life on Mars

Aberdeen - A further clue in the search for life on Mars has emerged after a team of scientists discovered traces of methane in Martian meteorites.

A 'new' crater on Mars as never seen before

Tucson - NASA has released a spectacular hi-res image of a “new” crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars taken by the HiRise instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Sounding out Mars: NASA starts trials for next lander mission

Pasadena - Trials have now started on NASA’s next piece of Mars wizardry, a stationary lander scheduled to head off to the Red Planet, March 2016.

Mars covered in hidden water-ice glaciers

As evidence continues to mount that life once existed on Mars, scientists have found vast underground glaciers covering much of the planet, which are hidden under a thick layer of surface dust.

Life on Mars? Curiosity Rover finds biologically useful nitrogen

Pasadena - NASA scientists using instrumentation on board NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover have discovered nitrogen on the Martian surface for the first time.

Breathtaking photos of Mars taken by Indian spacecraft

The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) has published some amazing photos taken by its spacecraft, Mangalyaan, as it orbits Mars.

When Mars had an ocean

Garching Bei M - Mars once hosted an ocean containing more water than the Arctic ocean. Not only that but this primitive Martian Sea covered a greater proportion of Mars’ surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth.

Crescent moon highlights Venus and Mars for spectacular footage

Not since 2008 has a crescent-shaped new moon shone so elegantly on the rare planetary alignment of Mars and Venus, until now. On February 20, 2015, social sites around the world feasted on the spectacular viewings.

Scientists cannot explain strange plumes on Mars

Massive plumes soaring from the surface of Mars have left scientists mystified. As yet nobody can answer what they are or what is causing them and they are putting in question our whole understanding of the Martian atmosphere.

Op-Ed: Theorists claim NASA photo shows human like figure on Mars

Does this photo from NASA's website show a human-like figure towering over the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars? Some people believe it does.

Taking life to Mars: Team to grow plants on Red Planet

The Seed Team, a group of young researchers, has won a competition on the best experiments to conduct on Mars, and will be sending seeds to the Red Planet, to grow plants there.

Long-lost Beagle 2 space probe spotted on Mars

London - A British-built space probe that disappeared without trace more than a decade ago has been spotted on the surface of Mars, the UK Space Agency said on Friday.

Mars once had a massive lake, NASA reports

According to reports released by NASA, Mars' Gale Crater once contained a massive lake. NASA presented evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years, long enough to sustain life.

NASA announces manned flight to Mars, begins testing Thursday

NASA has made a long-awaited announcement that it will send a manned flight to Mars. This Thursday, they will be launching an unmanned test capsule.

U.S. Physicist: Alien nuclear bomb wiped out Mars civilization

Monmouth - A U.S. physicist claims evidence that an ancient Mars civilization was wiped out by nuclear bomb-armed aliens. He warns that evidence of a past nuclear attack on Mars raises concerns about a similar attack on Earth.

NASA rover to probe Mars' mysterious pink cliffs

The search for life on Mars could be taken a step further when Curiosity's Rover next explores the planet's mysterious "pink cliffs."

Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

Washington - A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

MIT researchers absolutely destroyed this plan to send humans to Mars

A highly-publicized plan to send the first humans to Mars within the next decade is riddled with problems and probably will not get off the ground any time soon, according to a new report from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

NASA gears up for close encounter between Mars and Comet

A mountain-sized comet will hurtle past Mars next weekend, providing not only a historically close encounter, but also a dramatic opportunity. More than one dozen NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring from different angles and in varying lights.

NASA to collaborate with India's space agency on Mars exploration

NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, announced Tuesday that they have signed agreements to consider areas of possible collaboration in Mars exploration and to launch a NASA-ISRO Earth-observing satellite mission.

NASA rover collects first samples from Mars' Mount Sharp

The Mars mission rover Curiosity has successfully collected the first sample of the red planet's layered Mount Sharp after it drilled roughly 2.6 inches into its surface last Wednesday, September 24.
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This artist s concept of NASA s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments ...
This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments -- the Mars Climate Sounder -- in action.
Picture: NASA/JPL
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing: Its approximately 352 million mile (567 million kil...
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing: Its approximately 352 million mile (567 million kilometer), 36-week journey from Earth. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover landed on Mars
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A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
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FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossa...
FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars.
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Photo taken by Curiosity rover in Mars  Gale Crater on April 3 shows light near the top of the frame...
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.
Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA artist s conception of a human mission to Mars (1989 painting by Les Bossinas of NASA Lewis Res...
NASA artist's conception of a human mission to Mars (1989 painting by Les Bossinas of NASA Lewis Research Center).
Original uploader was Geoffrey.landis at en.wikipedia
Valles Marineris on Mars
Valles Marineris on Mars
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The LSDS team in Hawaii
From left to right: Fuk Li  director of the Mars Exploration Directorate at...
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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How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
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This artist concept depicts the process of orbital insertion of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatil...
This artist concept depicts the process of orbital insertion of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft.
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PAST: NASA has indefinitely suspended the launch of its InSight Mars lander that was supposed to be ...
PAST: NASA has indefinitely suspended the launch of its InSight Mars lander that was supposed to be launched in March 2016 to arrive at the red planet by September.
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Mars-manned-mission vehicle (NASA Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0) feb 2009
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A replica of NASA s Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the...
A replica of NASA's Curiosity Rover and members of the Mars Science Laboratory science team pass the Presidential viewing stand and President Barack Obama during the Inaugural Parade on Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
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Map showing the path on Mars of NASA s Curiosity rover toward Glenelg.
Map showing the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg.
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Diagram of Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometers for Mars  one of six scientific instruments ...
Diagram of Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometers for Mars, one of six scientific instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Eos Chaos canyon Mars
Eos Chaos canyon Mars
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Images like this from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA s Mars ...
Images like this from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show portions of the Martian surface in unprecedented detail.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
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Mars-manned-mission vehicle (NASA Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0) feb 2009
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This image shows where NASA s Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known ...
This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as "Jake Matijevic." The red dots are where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it with its laser on Sept. 21, 2012, and Sept. 24, 2012, which were the 45th and 48th sol, or Martian day of operations. The circular black and white images were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles indicate where the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer trained
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