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Not Quite Human Bones On Mars

Briefly: Wait, is that… human bones on Mars? Not quite, conspiracy theorists. In fact it’s just a rock that happens to look a little bit like a femur thigh bone. It was snapped by the Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam. [NASA]


Your House On Mars Could Look Like This

Your house on Mars could be a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with six-sided rooms laid out in a hex-based grid. It’s designed to shield against the cosmic radiation that humans would be exposed to under the Martian atmosphere using depleted uranium panels, and stay warm using water piped through walls and heated using an exothermic chemical reactor buried under the ground.


This Is How We'll Grow Salad On Mars

Dining on alien planets might be a way off, but at least when we do there will be salad — because we’ve already developed the means to grow lettuce on other worlds.


Here's How To Explore The Moon And Mars In Google Maps

Everyone’s favourite lil’ rover, Curiosity, has now been rolling around Mars for two years. So it’s high time Google Maps got in on the action — and now, to celebrate the anniversary, it’s launched Maps for Mars and the moon. Getting pin man into space is pretty easy, if you follow a few steps.


NASA Will Make Oxygen From CO2 On The Surface Of Mars

NASA has announced what the Mars 2020 rover will carry to the Martian surface, and one of them sounds like pure sci-fi: MOXIE, a machine that sucks in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and pumps out pure oxygen for use in rocket fuel — or someday, for humans to breathe.


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?