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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.

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.
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Celebrating the successful first images in Mission Control Pasadena
Celebrating the successful first images in Mission Control Pasadena
NASA
A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Mi...
A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua'i, Hawaii. The vehicle, part of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range this June.
NASA/JPL-Caltech
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.
Planet Mars
Planet Mars
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
An artist s conception of the NASA reference design for the Project Orion spacecraft powered by nucl...
An artist's conception of the NASA reference design for the Project Orion spacecraft powered by nuclear propulsion.
NASA
This artist s concept of NASA s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments ...
This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments -- the Mars Climate Sounder -- in action.
Picture: NASA/JPL
Artist s conception of a SpaceX spaceship landing on Mars.
Artist's conception of a SpaceX spaceship landing on Mars.
Screen Capture
The Mars Initiative
The Mars Initiative
The Mars Initiative
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
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
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
NASA
The Mars Curiosity rover
The Mars Curiosity rover
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
There is life in Mars after all!
There is life in Mars after all!
George Takei
Mars-manned-mission vehicle (NASA Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0) feb 2...
Mars-manned-mission vehicle (NASA Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0) feb 2009
NASA
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NASA - JPL/Caltech
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
Artist s representation of a habitation on Mars.
Artist's representation of a habitation on Mars.
Video screen capture
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
How NASA assets will observe Comet Siding Spring
NASA
Mars rovers.
Mars rovers.
Photo by Idaho National Laboratory