New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers found evidence that a mineral found in Martian meteorites—which had been considered as […]

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Mars far more likely to have had life than we thought, researchers find after new water discovery

Scientists have found that Mars was likely far wetter – and capable of supporting life – than we previously thought. A new study, which simulated Martian meteorites to understand more about its ancient environment, suggests that our history of the planet’s surface might be entirely wrong. Until now, a specific mineral found in Martian meteorites was used […]

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Remnants of a Mega-flood on Mars Discovered

ESA’s Mars Express has captured images of one of the largest outflow channel networks on the Red Planet. The Kasei Valles channel system extends around 3000 km from its source region in Echus Chasma – which lies east of the bulging volcanic region Tharsis and just north of the Valles Marineris canyon system – to […]

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What Going To Mars Will Do To Our Bodies

It’s hard to anticipate every health problem that might occur on a trip to Mars, which could span years. But NASA is trying. It has a list of 100 conditions or events that are most likely to happen during spaceflight, including pancreatitis, lumbar spine fracture and lost fingernails due to ill-fitting spacesuit gloves. And the […]

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NASA orbiter steers clear of Mars moon Phobos

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars’ moon Phobos. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft has been orbiting Mars for just over two years, studying the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. On […]

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Humans May Quickly Evolve on Mars, Biologist Claims

An evolutionary biologist has suggested that human colonists on Mars could go through rapid evolution, eventually becoming an entirely new human species. Scott Solomon, an evolutionary biologist with Rice University and the author of “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution,” wrote on Nautilus that humans on Mars would be subjected to the “founder effect,” a phenomenon in which […]

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Moon close to Mars on March 1

Tonight – March 1, 2017 – look in your western sky for the waxing crescent moon and the dazzling planet Venus some 20 minutes (or less) after sunset. These two luminaries will pop out almost immediately after sunset because the moon and Venus rank as the brightest and second-brightest celestial bodies of nighttime, respectively. Then […]

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Producing Oxygen on Mars

Taming the brutal environment of Mars for future human explorers to survive and thrive there may demand a touch of “ecopoiesis” – the creation of an ecosystem able to support life. The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is funding cutting-edge work by Eugene Boland, chief scientist at Techshot Inc. of Greenville, Indiana. The scientist […]

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How will Mars Colonists look like in Distant Future

Some of the biggest names in science and technology have called for the colonization of Mars, including physicist Stephen Hawking and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. They say that populating other planets would help ensure our species’ survival should Earth be rendered uninhabitable by some disaster. “The future of humanity is fundamentally going to bifurcate along […]

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Mars Analogue Mission may come to Oman

Muscat: Along with Israel, Oman is in the final selection of candidates to host the Austrian Space Forum’s next Mars Analogue Mission “AMADEE-18”. The main purpose of a mars simulation on Earth is to prepare for future crewed missions to the Red Planet. To perform the experiments, the Austrian Space Forum’s (OeWF) is one of […]

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Mission Mars Exhibition at Space Center Houston

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Space Center Houston’s spectacular new Mission Mars exhibit showcases an immersive experience about the red planet and offers an opportunity to peer inside an Orion spacecraft research model, stand close to a giant model rocket and walk on a virtual Mars environment. The exposition was designed with input […]

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NASA Developing New Material For Stronger Vehicles And Mars Habitats

New innovations to support the Mars mission with a particular focus on transport vehicles and living spaces or habitats are in sight after NASA endorsed recommendations of multi-disciplinary, university research institutes to build technologies for a sustained human existence on the Red Planet. The new innovations expect to make stronger Mars living spaces and lighter […]

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