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The Best Way To Make It To Mars? Go Back To The Moon.

Getting to the Moon was one of the greatest accomplishments in human history. But now, the Moon may be reduced to a mere pit stop for space travellers headed elsewhere. A Mars mission might be much easier, say researchers at MIT, if we use the Moon as a refuelling station.


There's Something Odd In The Shadows Of The Curiosity Rover's Selfie

Look at Curiosity. Now, look at Curiosity’s shadow. Notice anything?


NASA's Journey To Mars Gets A Leg-Up From The Martian

With NASA’s big water-on-Mars announcement coming the day before the release of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, there has been plenty of commentary on what astoundingly good timing that was for 20th Century Fox. It’s not every day you find water on Mars, after all. Hollywood is not the only one benefiting from this happy coincidence, however, as the Matt Damon-fuelled Mars mania coincides with NASA kicking their Journey to Mars to the next level.


Mars Orbiter Spots A Huge Avalanche Of Carbon Dioxide On The Red Planet

In another reminder that the Red Planet features a complex and active surface, the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of a “dry ice avalanche” streaming down a cliff.


Here Are The Biggest Health Risks To Humans In Space

With the The Martian rocketing to the top of box offices worldwide this week, the challenge of surviving on Mars is on everyone’s mind. But while the science in The Martian is pretty solid, there is one obstacle Mark Watney rarely had to cope with: his own body.


Ancient Mars Was Wetter And Warmer Than We Ever Realised

New data collected by the Curiosity rover shows that Mars was once quite Earth-like, featuring river deltas, lakes, and a warm climate. What’s more, the Red Planet may have been able to sustain liquid water at the surface long enough for life to emerge and evolve.


We Asked A NASA Botanist To Help Us Design A Better Farm On Mars Than The Martian's 

In The Martian, Mark Watney claims to be “the great botanist” on Mars — but is he really? Join us as we go down the rabbit hole to try and claim the greatest fictional Martian farmer crown for ourselves.


This Heat Shield Test Takes Us One Fiery Step Closer To Mars

Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center finished testing of their brand-new flexible heat shield designed for future Mars exploration vehicles, according to an announcement by the space agency today. Also included? This amazing image of one test.


How NASA Helped Make The Martian's User Interfaces Realer Than Real 

Filmmakers have invented fanciful spaceship technology for more than a hundred years. But for The Martian, director Ridley Scott went the opposite direction: He asked actual space explorers to help them imagine the technology of the near future.


Stunning Photo Shows Where The Curiosity Rover Is Headed Next On Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover is currently drilling holes on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in a region called the Stimson Unit. It recently took a break from its duties to take some long-range photos of a hilly region that the rover will explore in the coming months and years.


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