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Comet C/2013 A1 Passed Mars Yesterday

Briefly: Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, passes Mars, just yesterday. In fact, it passed closer to Mars than any comet has ever passed by Earth in recorded history — so scientists are excited to see what the craft orbiting Mars made of it. [SEN/Damian Peach]


Spectacular Comet Will Engulf Mars This Sunday In Historical Event

This Sunday, something historical will happen: An ancient rare comet will arrive to Mars after millions of years travelling at 53km/s from the Oort cloud. It will look like you can see above, passing just within a third of the distance from the Earth to the moon, engulfing the Red Planet in its large tail.


A French Inventor Proposed A Giant Mirror To Burn A Message On Mars

When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian desert.


Wernher Von Braun Predicted We'd Send Men To Mars No Sooner Than 2050s

Student researchers at MIT have concluded that given current technology, any colonists to Mars would die after about 68 days. Mars One, the company that hopes to put people on Mars by the 2025 (and film a reality TV show there, so you know they’re legit) insists that the MIT researchers are wrong. But as any student of paleo-futurism would know, even the most optimistic space prognosticators of the past century would side with the MIT students.


MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organisation boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed to fail.


The First Full Colour Photo Of Mars From India's Orbiter

With India’s Mars Orbiter now successfully circling the Red Planet, it’s now beaming back its first images — like the striking full colour photo.


India's Space Probe Successfully Enters Mars Orbit

India just cemented its place as a space power and put NASA’s billions to shame, with the news that its $US74 million space probe just entered Mars orbit.


Monster Machines: Everything You Need To Know About NASA's New Mars Orbiter

It took just ten months for NASA’s water-seeking satellite to traverse the 711 million kilometres between Earth and Mars. And, now that it has successfully entered stable orbit around the red planet, it’s time to get to work figuring out where the heck all that water went.


NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit After 10 Month Journey

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft hitched a ride on an Atlas V launch vehicle on November 18th of last year. Now, just over 10 months later, it’s finally about to reach its objective: orbiting Mars. Watch along as it closes in on success. [Update: We have orbit!]


After 10 Months In Space, NASA's MAVEN Is Preparing To Enter Orbit Around Mars

Having travelled over 700 million kilometres, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution is getting ready to enter orbit around Mars. Hopefully, it will gather enough information to give scientists a better understanding of the planet’s atmosphere and how its climate and structure has changed over time.


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