Analysis of water residue in Martian ice caps indicates that the Red Planet was once – at least partly – blue. Billions of years ago, Mars had a body of water that held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to a NASA study published Thursday.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken the selfie-to-end-all-selfies – the photograph is actually a collected view of two-and-a-half years of adventures on Mars. The vehicle is currently at the base of the 3-mile-high Mount Sharp.
100 volunteers to venture to Mars as part of the manned mission to the Red Planet have been shortlisted this week. While the first mission is planned to include four people, one of the pioneers hopes to expand the colony by giving birth on the planet.
We kid you not: Solutions for the ambitious project to send humans to Mars have been inspired by the design of a child’s toy. NASA is testing an inflatable heat shield based on the idea of a stacking ring of donuts.
In what some see as symbolic of an often-aimless space program, NASA was allowed to complete construction of a $343-million rocket-testing tower in Mississippi even after the structure’s mission was cancelled in 2010.
The landing site of the Mars curiosity rover robot, the Gale Crater, is believed to have once been a lake, NASA announced, presenting evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years – potentially long enough to sustain life.
Orion has finally blasted off into space from Cape Canaveral on one of NASA’s most important missions for decades - after Thursday’s botched attempt, defying Friday weather forecasts that meant there was only a 40 percent chance of take-off.
Researchers have analyzed a meteorite that fell in the Moroccan desert three years ago, finding “unique” traces carbon of “a very probable biological origin” and thus rebooting the theory about life on Mars.
NASA’s Mars rover appears to have struck gold. A strange ledge at the base of Mt. Sharp exposes sediment layers that could hold clues to how the entire planet was formed. They are said to be the original reason for the agency’s choice for survey location.