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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.

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.

India wins Asia's race to Mars as spacecraft enters orbit

Bangalore - India won Asia's race to Mars on Wednesday when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.

Space pathogens: how to travel to Mars in safety

Houston - Astronauts are as much at risk travelling in space for pathogens infections as they are on Earth. The microorganisms carried on the body can turn on a stressed person with a weaker immune system. For this reason, NASA has been studying the issue.

Ten months in the making, Mars and MAVEN finally meet tonight

Ten months after being launched into space, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) is set to reach its final destination tonight.

Mars Curiosity Rover’s ‘anniversary’ in ancient glacial landscape

Torrejon - Ancient glaciers shaped the landscape of Gale Crater on Mars, while, in lower lying areas, rivers and lakes of extremely cold liquid water formed landscapes resembling those found in Iceland and Alaska.

Man claims to have lived on Mars for the last 17 years

An ex-marine under the pseudonym name of Captain Kaye claims he has spent the last 17 years living on Mars defending the human colonies from martians.

NASA announces plans for a greenhouse on Mars

Wednesday, NASA announced that plants on Mars may begin growing by 2021 in isolated conditions. The next Mars rover will launch in mid-2020 and an experiment to send growing plant life with the rover to the Red Planet is in the works.

Mars attacked! How microbes pose the risk

Most sci-fi movies show Martians attacking humans. The real worry for scientists is from microbes from Earth reaching Mars and growing.

P&G sells most pet-care assets to Mars for $2.9 bn

New York - Procter & Gamble will sell most of its pet care business to Mars for $2.9 billion as the US consumer-products giant streamlines its businesses, the companies announced Wednesday.

NASA acknowledges strange light on Mars

Pasadena - NASA acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that a camera on one of its Mars rovers had captured an image of what could be artificial light emanating from the planet's surface.

Scientists recreate Mars in England

To test out Europe’s first Mars rover, space technologists have attempted to re-create the Martian surface in a tiny area of England.

Inhabiting Mars may be closer than expected

Washington - The common science-fiction theme of interplanetary colonization may not be too far away, if a recent NASA report and subsequent follow-ups prove right and we bring our species to the brink of extinction due to not having a suitable place to live.

Mars One and Uwingu join in launching Mars Crater Naming Project

Mars One, a not-for-profit foundation working to establish the world's first human settlement on the planet Mars, has partnered with Uwingu, a company with the primary mission of creating a personal connection between the world and space exploration.
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Valles Marineris, the "Grand Canyon of Mars," sprawls wide enough to reach from Los Angeles to nearly New York City, if it were located on Earth. The red outline box shows the location of a second, full-resolution image
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How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
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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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First massive plume spotted on Mars in 2012
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NASA image of Mars' pink mountains
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This is the first photograph ever taken on the surface of the planet Mars. It was obtained by Viking 1 just minutes after the spacecraft landed successfully on July 20, 1976.
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Curiosity Digs In: These 2 photos show a "bite mark" where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil. Scientists enhanced the color in this version to show the Martian scene as it would appear under lighting conditions on Earth.
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