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This Beach Could (Almost) Be On Mars

These are the vast plains of Katwijk. That’s not the name of a new Martian valley or a hidden lunar crater, though but… a beach, right here on Earth in the Netherlands. In fact, it’s where the European Space Agency is putting a new breed of robotic rovers through their paces.


What Colour Is Mars?

Human wetware is astonishingly good at pattern recognition and interpreting complex, noisy data, but it’s also painfully buggy. Mars is the red planet, except it really isn’t.


Got A Kid Who's Ready To Colonise To Mars?

Briefly: Got a kid who’s ready to colonise to Mars? NASA has recently released a set of Martian survival activities, suitable for kindergarten, through to year 12. From touring the Red Planet’s topography to building rovers and engineering artificial environments, it’s everything a future Martian explorer needs to get a head start.


The Amazingly Creepy Way Mars Will Kill Its Moon

It was a rough month for Phobos, as astronomers decreed — yet again — that Mars is ripping its lumpy moon apart. But apparently, Phobos’ loss is the Red Planet’s gain. After the satellite is torn to pieces, its fragments will fan out into a disk and 20 million years from now, Mars will become a ringed planet.


These Mineral Veins Trace The Flow Of Water On Ancient Mars

The mineral veins that crisscross through the rock around this ridge tell an important story about Mars’ ancient past. So of course the Curiosity rover shot them with a laser.


This Is What The European Space Agency's ExoMars 2018 Test Rover Looks Like

This is the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2018 rover — kinda. In fact, its a half-scale model that’s been tested over the past few weeks in the ESA’s Mars Yard, but it does show what the vehicle will look like.


We Finally Know What Happened To Water On Mars

Mars today is a dry, frozen place. But this was not always the case. Ancient Mars was likely warm and wet, much like Earth. So what happened to change it? Thanks to brand new results from NASA’s MAVEN mission, announced today, we may finally know. Blame the Solar winds.


This Rover Isn't On Mars

Image Cache: This looks like it could the latest rover to land on the surface of Mars. But in fact it’s a test of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission happening right here on Earth.


The Surprising Effect That Space Radiation Had On Mouse Brains

It’s one thing to send a rover to Mars. It’s another to send a biologically fragile human body. We don’t know much about how space will affect us — and recent findings involving mice suggest it could change our brains in unexpected ways.


A Region On Mars Called Silica Valley Could Help Us Build Fibreglass Space Habitats

NASA has spent the past few years asking architects, engineers, and designers outside of the space industry to think about habitat-building on the Red Planet — in part through competitions like the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.


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