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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.

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.
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Curiosity looking out toward the Martian northern horizon.
Curiosity looking out toward the Martian northern horizon.
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Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/UA
Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/UA
University of Arizona
A recently released crisp  hi-resolution image of a relatively recent  in geological terms  crater i...
A recently released crisp, hi-resolution image of a relatively recent, in geological terms, crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
An artist’s impression showing how Mars may have looked about 4 billion years ago. The young plane...
An artist’s impression showing how Mars may have looked about 4 billion years ago. The young planet would have had enough water to cover its entire surface in a liquid layer about 140 metres deep. More likely, however, the liquid would have pooled forming an ocean spanning almost half of Mars' northern hemisphere, in some regions reaching depths greater than 1.6 kilometers.
ESO/M. Kornmesser
Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
Isro
Arsia Mons volcano
Arsia Mons volcano
Isro
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NASA - JPL/Caltech
Elon Musk plans a dome city on Mars.
Elon Musk plans a dome city on Mars.
YouTube
3D view of Reull Vallis
3D view of Reull Vallis
ESA
Using radar measurements from the NASA satellite  the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter  researchers have ...
Using radar measurements from the NASA satellite, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, researchers have been able to identify thousands of glacier-like formations on Mars. They can see how thick the ice is on the radar images
SHARAD, NASA/Karlsson et.al.
Some claim that this photo from NASA s website appears  to show a human-like figure towering over th...
Some claim that this photo from NASA's website appears to show a human-like figure towering over the Mars Curiosity Rover.
Photo from NASA website
A NASA photo of linear gullies  caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
A NASA photo of linear gullies, caused by dry ice sliding down sand dunes
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. 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"
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
NASA TV
Eos Chaos canyon Mars
Eos Chaos canyon Mars
Isro
Curiosity Digs In: These 2 photos show a  bite mark  where NASA s Curiosity rover scooped up some Ma...
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.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
A depiction of Mars if it had life by Kevin Gill
Kevin Gill
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
This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity  the rover of NASA s Mars Science ...
This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity, the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project
NASA
Curiosity takes a  selfie  to celebrate its One Mars Year Anniversary.
Curiosity landed on sol 0. S...
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.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

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