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Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

Nicosia - International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Space oddity: bacteria can survive cosmic trip, study shows

Apo - Scientists have found a radiation-resistant bacteria can survive at least three years exposed in orbit, suggesting simple life forms could manage the long journey between between Earth and Mars unprotected.

Glaciers could have sculpted Mars valleys: study

Paris - The question of whether ancient life could have existed on Mars centres on the water that once flowed there, but new research published Monday suggests that many of the Red Planet's valleys were gouged by icy glaciers not rivers.

Mars-bound: NASA's life-seeking rover Perseverance on an astrobiology mission

Cape Canaveral - NASA's latest Mars rover Perseverance launches Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life -- and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time.

China launches Mars probe in space race with US

Wenchang - China launched a rover to Mars on Thursday, a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space.

China to launch Mars probe in space race with US

Wenchang - China aims to launch a rover to Mars on Thursday on a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space.

Emirati 'Hope' probe heads for Mars

Dubai - The first Arab space mission to Mars blasted off from Japan on Monday on a mission to unravel the secrets of weather on the Red Planet.

First Arab space mission to Mars launches from Japan

Apo - The first Arab space mission to Mars, an unmanned probe dubbed "Hope", blasted off from Japan on Monday, in a bid to reveal more about the atmosphere of the Red Planet.

First Arab space mission to Mars launches from Japan

Apo - The first Arab space mission to Mars blasted off Monday aboard a rocket from Japan, after weather delays set back the launch of the probe dubbed "Hope.

The quest to find signs of ancient life on Mars

Paris - Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings.

A trio of Mars missions in the starting blocks

Paris - "We have lift-off, we have lift-off!"The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start.

Eyes on the stars: UAE's Mars probe a first for the Arab world

Dubai - The oil-rich United Arab Emirates has built a nuclear power programme and sent a man to space, and now plans to join another elite club by sending a probe to Mars.

Mars Rover mission delayed until 2022 due to technology issues

The joint European-Russian Mars Rover launch has been delayed by up to one year, with the July 2021 plan pushed back to 2022. This is unrelated to coronavirus and instead due to technological difficulties.

Mars formed over a longer time than previous estimates suggest

How old is Mars? Certainly older than previous estimates according to scientists who have conducted simulations of the impacts that produced the mixed Mars mantle during the early years of the formation of our Solar System.

What will it be like to live on Mars? Special

London - Plans continue to be drawn up, by both NASA and private companies like SpaceX, for sending humans to Mars. Once a Mars colony is established, what might it be like? London's Design Museum explores different concepts.

Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions

Pasadena - The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle.

Op-Ed: Oxygen release on Mars – New options for life?

Cape Canaveral - The discovery of variable oxygen levels on Mars has created a fascinating, if frustrating, series of possibilities for science. Are the oxygen levels related to organic life, or some unknown inorganic process?

NASA prepares tiny chopper for Mars flight

A future mission to Mars will require more than just rovers, according to NASA's assessment. A Mars mission will require craft that are capable of flying so that wider surface imaging can be conducted.

Red wine’s resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong

A new study finds that nutraceuticals which preserve muscle in reduced gravity are an essential requirement in the diet of astronauts embarking long-term space missions. These chemicals include resveratrol, found in red wine.

Op-Ed: Colonizing Mars — Never say humans won't colonize the Red Planet

Today, I read an interesting article on why humans will never colonize Mars. The author said that unless we radically adapt our brains and bodies to the harsh Martian environment, the Red Planet will forever remain off-limits to humans.

New method for turning human waste into clean chemicals in space

Astronauts embarking on deep space missions (such as to Mars) or those residing on space stations will need to watch out for harmful microbes. Disinfectants are not easy to come by, so how about making some from human waste?

Unprecedented amount of water found under Martian north pole

Using advanced radar technology, astrophysicists have discovered a large reservoir of frozen water lying between sand layers under the north pole of Mars. This shows there are further mysteries to be revealed about the 'red planet'.

A small step for China: Mars base for teens opens in desert

Jinchang - In the middle of China's Gobi desert sits a Mars base simulator, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers on a school trip.

NASA’s twins study explores long-term life in space

How effectively can be survive and thrive in space? Does long exposure to micro-gravity affect our mental and physical capabilities? To understand this, NASA has completed a fascinating study on twins.

After the Moon in 2024, NASA wants to reach Mars by 2033

Washington - NASA has made it clear they want astronauts back on the Moon in 2024, and now, they are zeroing in on the Red Planet -- the US space agency confirmed that it wants humans to reach Mars by 2033.

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Washington - During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet -- but NASA's Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample.

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

Washington - US space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact.

Mile-deep Korolev crater on Mars is filled with ice, year-round

The image of the Korolev Crater sent back to Earth from the ESA's Mars Express orbiter on Thursday comes at an appropriate time, seeing as it's the start of the Winter Solstice. The mile-deep crater is filled with pristine ice, year-round.

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars

Tampa - Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA's InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet, the US space agency said Friday.

After dramatic plunge, InSight Lander sets down on Mars

NASA's InSight lander touched down safely on the Martian surface today (Nov. 26), pulling off the first successful Red Planet landing since the Curiosity rover's arrival in August 2012 — on the seventh anniversary of Curiosity's launch, no less.
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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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Images compares rocks seen by NASA s Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of...
Images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars. On the left is " Wopmay" rock, in Endurance Crater, Meridiani Planum, as studied by the Opportunity rover. On the right are the rocks of the "Sheepbed" unit in Yellowknife Bay, in Gale Crater, as seen by Curiosity.
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An artist’s impression shows how Mars may have looked about four billion years ago. The young plan...
An artist’s impression shows how Mars may have looked about four billion years ago. The young planet Mars would have had enough water to cover its entire surface in a liquid layer about 140 metres deep, but it is more likely that the liquid would have pooled to form an ocean occupying almost half of Mars’s northern hemisphere, and in some regions reaching depths greater than 1.6 kilometers.
ESO/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)
Indian Mars mission
Indian Mars mission
Isro
Veins of clay (green) surround both the carbonate (orange) and olivine (blue) in a false-color image...
Veins of clay (green) surround both the carbonate (orange) and olivine (blue) in a false-color image of a fragment of the Lafayette meteorite taken under the microscope
Scottish Universities
“The Waterfront Innovation Centre is the workplace of the future  supporting Waterfront Toronto’...
“The Waterfront Innovation Centre is the workplace of the future, supporting Waterfront Toronto’s mandate to make Toronto’s waterfront synonymous with innovation,” said Helen Burstyn, Chair of the Board, Waterfront Toronto.
Menkes Developments
Canada is looking to increase the opportunities for women in cleantech.
Canada is looking to increase the opportunities for women in cleantech.
Karen Graham
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This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Korolev crater  an 82-kilometre-across feature found in t...
This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Korolev crater, an 82-kilometre-across feature found in the northern lowlands of Mars.
ESA/DLR/FU Berlin
The Mars Initiative
The Mars Initiative
The Mars Initiative
Galactic cosmic rays are a variable shower of charged particles coming from supernova explosions and...
Galactic cosmic rays are a variable shower of charged particles coming from supernova explosions and other events extremely far from our solar system. The sun is the other main source of energetic particles this investigation detects and characterizes. The sun spews electrons, protons and heavier ions in "solar particle events" fed by solar flares and ejections of matter from the sun's corona.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI
Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
Isro
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.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Screenshot from the 1964 movie  Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.   Featured are the Martian childr...
Screenshot from the 1964 movie "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." Featured are the Martian children characters Bomar (Chris Month, left) and Girmar (Pia Zadora).
Film "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"
Comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from the Martian ...
Comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from the Martian surface by NASA's Curiosity rover.
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First massive plume spotted on Mars in 2012
First massive plume spotted on Mars in 2012
Grupo Ciencias Planetarias (GCP) - UPV/EHU
Reull Vallis
Reull Vallis
ESA
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Using its Mars Climate Sounder Instrument.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Using its Mars Climate Sounder Instrument.
Photo: NASA/JPL
A smaller rover craft designed to work on the surface of Mars.
A smaller rover craft designed to work on the surface of Mars.

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