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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.

Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Pasadena - Cheers and applause erupted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as a waist-high unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on Mars, capping a nearly seven-year journey from design to launch to landing.

Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

Los Angeles - NASA's top scientists admitted to sleepless nights, sweaty palms, stomach aches and moments of pure terror as their $993 million Mars Insight spacecraft approaches a high-drama finale Monday: landing on Mars.

NASA's InSight lander is set to land on Mars Monday

Almost seven months after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's Mars InSight lander is two days away from its touchdown on the red planet at 3 p.m. EST. Monday, November 26.

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Tampa - NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet.

NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

Tampa - NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet, officials said Monday.

NASA will keep trying to contact stalled Mars rover Opportunity

Washington - NASA has changed its mind about how long it will continue to seek contact with an aging robotic vehicle that was blanketed in a dust storm on Mars back in June and has been stalled ever since.

NASA's InSight Lander one month away from Mars landing

One month from today, on November 26, NASA's InSight lander is scheduled to touch down just north of the Martian equator - almost seven months after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Study: Protection of astronauts from deep space radiation needed

A new NASA-funded study reveals that exposure to space radiation on long trips, like a voyage to Mars, could permanently harm astronauts' intestines and lead to stomach and colon cancer.

NASA's 3-part plan to send humans to Mars

NASA has unveiled an ambitious three-stage plan, outlining the agencies next phases for human pace missions. The National Space Exploration Plan, backed by President Trump, includes visits to the Moon and to Mars.

MaRS and University of Toronto partner on waterfront tech hub

MaRS Discovery District, along with its partner the University of Toronto, today announced that it is in the final stages of securing a lease with Menkes Developments Ltd. for a new 24,000-square-foot hub at Toronto's Waterfront Innovation Centre.

Not five but six winners chosen in Women in Cleantech Challenge

Toronto - In a surprise turn of events, Natural Resources Canada and MaRS Discovery District announced not five but six finalists from across Canada for the Women in Cleantech Challenge.

Women in CleanTech Challenge selects 10 semifinalists

Toronto - After a lengthy summer selection process, the review committee for the Women in Cleantech Challenge has picked 10 inspiring women for the competition’s semifinal round, being held on Sept. 18 at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto.

NASA's $1 million challenge: Turn CO2 into glucose on Mars

If you know your way around a chemistry lab, you may want to check out the latest challenge from NASA. The space agency is asking the public to figure out a way to turn carbon dioxide into glucose. Ah, there is one thing - it needs to happen on Mars.

Opportunity rover set to wake up as Mars dust storm wanes

The giant dust storm that has encircled Mars is beginning to slowdown and signs are it will soon disappear. This will allow NASA’s solar-powered Opportunity rover to come out of hibernation mode - assuming it still works.

Super-insulating gel could boost skyscraper energy efficiency

Scientists have developed a new type of gel that could increase energy efficiency in skyscrapers, through special insulating properties. The gel could also help scientists to build habitats on Mars for future manned missions.

Canada challenges women to lead the Cleantech future

Toronto - Women are underrepresented in the innovation economy, and the Government of Canada plans to change that. Only five percent of Canadian tech companies have a sole woman founder or CEO, and only 13 percent of companies have a woman co-founder.
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Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
Second perspective view of Reull Vallis on Mars
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The original Lafayette meteorite  discovered  in a geological collection in 1931  is classed as a Ma...
The original Lafayette meteorite 'discovered' in a geological collection in 1931, is classed as a Martian meteorite having originated from Mars.
Smithsonian Institution
Artist’s rendering of the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust  undern...
Artist’s rendering of the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust, underneath it is the mantle, which rests on an inner core.
NASA
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.
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HEAVENLY BODY: This image of Mars showing Terra Meridiani can be found on nasa.gov  the U.S. space a...
HEAVENLY BODY: This image of Mars showing Terra Meridiani can be found on nasa.gov, the U.S. space agency's official website.
Greg Shirah/NASA
tweet from will.i.am about broadcast of his song from Mars
tweet from will.i.am about broadcast of his song from Mars
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Curiosity s dusty selfie on June 15  2018.
Curiosity's dusty selfie on June 15, 2018.
NASA
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
Mars distinct polar ice caps  but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes – betwe...
Mars distinct polar ice caps, but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes – between the blue lines, in both the southern and northern hemispheres. A thick layer of dust covers the glaciers, so they appear as the surface of the ground, but radar measurements show that there are glaciers composed of frozen water underneath the dust.
NASA/Nanna Karlsson
Arsia Mons volcano
Arsia Mons volcano
Isro
Locations of centers of purported nuclear bomb explosions on Mars
Locations of centers of purported nuclear bomb explosions on Mars
J. Brandenburg/Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
A conceptual rendering of a greenhouse on the surface of Mars.
A conceptual rendering of a greenhouse on the surface of Mars.
NASA / Human Systems Engineering and Development Division
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
NASA
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
NASA s Curiosity rover finds evidence of flowing stream on Mars at this rock outcrop  named  Hottah ...
NASA's Curiosity rover finds evidence of flowing stream on Mars at this rock outcrop named "Hottah" after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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
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
A rendering of SpaceX s Red Dragon capsule on Mars.
A rendering of SpaceX's Red Dragon capsule on Mars.
SpaceX

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