mars

Opportunity Rover's Record-Breaking Mars Drive, Mapped

The Opportunity rover landed on Mars way back in 2004. Now, NASA reports that it’s clocked up 40km of driving on the Red Planet — setting a record for the longest distance a vehicle has driven outside Earth.


The Rotating Globe Of Mars Geology Looks Pretty Much Like The Earth

Video:We’ve already seen the detailed map of Mars but now the US Geological Service just released this video that integrates that map into a rotating Martian globe. It’s amazing to see how similar the red planet looks to Earth when you see it spinning.


This Is The Most Detailed Map Of Mars' Surface Ever Made

Ever wondered how you might navigate your way across the surface of Mars, if you ever find yourself there? Well, perhaps you could use this: the most detailed map of the Red Planet’s geology ever made.


Buzz Aldrin: The First Humans On Mars Should Never Come Home

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to ever set foot on the moon, and he has some opinions about how things should go down when humans first set foot on Mars. Namely that they shouldn’t come home. Ever.


Why Has Curiosity Slowed Down Its Course During Its First Mars Year?

The Mars Curiosity Rover has completed its first Mars year in the Red Planet — 687 Earth days exploring and drilling on its way to its first destination — Murray Buttes. Overall, it’s been a Mars year full of successes, even if we haven’t found proof of life in Mars yet. But the rover has slowed down significantly. Why?


NASA Wants To Send A Quadcopter Drone To Titan

NASA wants to search Saturn’s moon Titan for life but they’re having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples. Now they think they may have a good solution: a 10kg quadcopter that will work from a mothership. After reading about it, it’s a really cool idea.


Humans Will Land On Mars By 2026, Says SpaceX's Elon Musk

Elon Musk just said that his SpaceX spaceships will get humans to Mars by 2026, with or without NASA. It may seem cocky, but coming from a man who has built this entire company so he can die on Mars — and to “help ensure the survival of humanity” — those words are not to be taken lightly.


What Is This?

When I saw this image appearing in my RSS, I couldn’t tell what it was. It looked like a close-up of the skin of some animal. Perhaps a detail of a bird or a reptile, I thought. Maybe a colorized microscopic view into some human body part. The answer couldn’t possibly be more different than what I expected.


Report: NASA Can't Afford Manned Missions To Mars

A large-scale review of NASA’s human spaceflight program has revealed that it doesn’t have the budget to successfully undertake manned missions to Mars. The report — a 286-page monster by the National Research Council — took 18 months and, ironically, $US3.2 million to perform.


Curiosity Took Hundreds Of Microbes To Mars -- And Many May Still Be Alive

Despite the best efforts of NASA, it’s impossible to put craft into space that are entirely clean. Now, a study shows that Curiosity was sent up to Mars with 377 strains of microbes aboard — and up to 11 per cent may have made it to the surface of the red planet.