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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.

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.
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Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
Indian spacecraft photo of Mars moon Phobos
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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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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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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
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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
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Remote surface exploration in regions around the habitat complex is accomplished by using pressurize...
Remote surface exploration in regions around the habitat complex is accomplished by using pressurized rovers. These vehicles would allow the crew to explore beyond the range permitted by their space suits while allowing them to operate in a shirtsleeve environment. Artist concept.
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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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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.
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Clay on Mars
Clay 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.
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Deep-fried Mars bar
Deep-fried Mars bar
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Mars rovers.
Mars rovers.
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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.
NASA/JPL-Caltech
The solar arrays on NASA s InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed ...
The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. The image was taken on April 30, 2015.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin
First massive plume spotted on Mars in 2012
First massive plume spotted on Mars in 2012
Grupo Ciencias Planetarias (GCP) - UPV/EHU
Scientists have discovered methane gas in samples taken from Martian meteorites.
Scientists have discovered methane gas in samples taken from Martian meteorites.
Yale University - Michael Helfenbein.
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Mars-manned-mission vehicle (NASA Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0) feb 2009
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Valles Marineris  the  Grand Canyon of Mars   sprawls wide enough to reach from Los Angeles to nearl...
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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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.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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