Mars News
Comet makes extremely rare close approach to Mars Comet makes extremely rare close approach to Mars

In its first trip ever to the inner solar system, Comet Siding Spring made a close approach to Mars on Sunday that was observed and photographed by seven spacecraft, five orbiters and two rovers on Mars' surface...

Simulation shows women better suited to life on Mars Simulation shows women better suited to life on Mars

A writer for Slate magazine who spent four months in a simulation that attempted to replicate life on Mars says the first visitors to the Red Planet should be women...

MAVEN orbiter finds hydrogen layer that spreads 21,000 miles from Mars MAVEN orbiter finds hydrogen layer that spreads 21,000 miles from Mars

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter has yet to begin its formal science mission, but it is already sending back clear images and crucial data about the fourth planet's upper atmosphere...

MIT casts doubt on Mars One vision for landing humans on planet MIT casts doubt on Mars One vision for landing humans on planet

The Mars One initiative seeks to land four human on Mars to begin building a permanent colony by 2025. However, engineers and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently took a critical look at the plan and found that many aspects of the mission might not be as straightforward as Mars One envisions...

$8 million NASA grant studies Earth to find life on Mars $8 million NASA grant studies Earth to find life on Mars

A five-year, $8 million NASA grant has been awarded to seven American research institutions to study various terrains on Earth in the quest to find evidence of past life on Mars...

NASA opens website that can send your name to Mars NASA opens website that can send your name to Mars

NASA opened an opportunity this week for people to have their names inscribed on a microchip, one that is destined to be carried beyond low-Earth orbit on various stages of the agency’s drive to reach Mars...

For the 180 day trip to Mars, NASA will put astronauts into deep hibernation For the 180 day trip to Mars, NASA will put astronauts into deep hibernation

In its quest to send a manned mission to Mars, NASA is taking a page from science fiction, researching the feasibility of placing astronauts headed to Mars into a deep sleep during the long journey...

‘Traffic signal’ spotted on Mars ‘Traffic signal’ spotted on Mars

What looks like a "traffic signal" has been spotted on the Red Planet. In the original image, taken by Curiosity's Mastcam on Sol 753, the odd-looking shape can be seen in the top left-hand corner of the photo...

Curiosity bores into Mount Sharp for first time Curiosity bores into Mount Sharp for first time

After more than two productive years on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached its primary goal, the base of Mount Sharp in the center of Gale Crater, and started drilling...

NASA finds strange ‘ball’ on Mars NASA finds strange ‘ball’ on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has spotted a strange "ball" on the Red Planet,