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News Archive / Tagged: Mars

  • What are some of the obstacles to NASA’s efforts to find life on Mars?

    Press ReleaseMarch 1st, 2018

    The possibility of life on Mars has grabbed the imagination for centuries, inspiring books, films, records, and Earthbound dreamers to gaze into the sky and wonder what could really be out there. NASA is now looking at ways to see of Mars was ever habitable and if it contains life today. The agency is working to overcome an array of hurdles to achieve this long-held dream.

  • How is NASA’s InSight Mars lander different from the Phoenix Mars lander?

    Jason RhianFebruary 26th, 2018

    In 2008, NASA's Phoenix Mars lander touched down in the Red Planet's polar region. Now InSight, which is based on the Phoenix lander, is being prepped for flight. The two probes are very similar in design, but what does InSight have that Phoenix didn't?

  • MRO image shows dust covering Phoenix landing site

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 22nd, 2018

    An image of the 2008 Phoenix Mars landing site taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) nearly a decade after it touched down on the dusty plains of the Red Planet reveals dust has covered much of the site.

  • Could the X3 ion thruster propel us to Mars?

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 19th, 2018

    The X3, a new ion thruster that could one day propel humans beyond Earth, was successfully tested a few months ago and is one design that could be selected by NASA as a component of propulsion system for future Mars missions.

  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in precautionary standby mode

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 18th, 2018

    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) placed itself into a precautionary standby mode after experiencing a sudden low battery voltage on February 15. 

  • Panoramic images show Curiosity’s route on Mars since 2012 landing

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 1st, 2018

    Members of NASA's Curiosity team combined individual photos taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the northern flank of Mount Sharp to create a panorama that overlooks the many sites the six-wheeled geologist has visited since landing on Mars in 2012.

  • Plasma technology could help produce sustainable oxygen supply for human colonies on Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 30th, 2018

    A future human colony on Mars will need a sustainable oxygen supply for its operations in the harsh Martian environment. A new research conducted by a team of Portuguese-French scientists suggests that plasma technology could be the key to producing the necessary amount of oxygen for crew activities on the Red Planet.

  • Large solar arrays deployed during tests of new Mars lander

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 26th, 2018

    The large solar arrays built to power NASA's new Mars InSight lander were unfurled for testing by engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space's facilities in Littleton, Colorado, on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

  • NASA’s MAVEN mission providing insights into life on distant worlds

    Jason RhianDecember 31st, 2017

    Mars. Long a destination dreamed of by the public in general and space enthusiasts in particular, is providing insights about the length of time that other planets can support life. How long would a planet like Mars, orbiting a distant red dwarf star be habitable? One of NASA's Scout Program missions is helping to develop an answer.

  • Trump policy directive makes Moon NASA’s official goal for human exploration

    Bart LeahyDecember 12th, 2017

    In a brief but pointed Dec. 11, 2017, ceremony at the White House, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, which officially directs NASA to send astronauts back to the Moon as a precursor effort to exploring Mars.

  • NASA Glenn reinventing the wheel to aid future Mars rovers

    Michael ColeDecember 8th, 2017

    GLENN RESEARCH CENTER, Ohio — One of the most important high-tech components of future Mars rovers may be, of all things, its wheels.

  • Study: Exploration of Special Regions needed to find alien life on Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 28th, 2017

    An international team of researchers has conducted a study endorsing the exploration of the so-called Special Regions on Mars. They call for the relaxation of the planetary protection policy in order to allow sending robotic explorers to the restricted areas that could potentially host microbial life.

  • NASA, Department of Energy testing ‘Kilopower’ space nuclear reactor

    Collin SkocikNovember 26th, 2017

    In preparing for possible missions to the Red Planet in the near future, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has been given the go-ahead to test a small nuclear reactor that could one day run equipment on the Martian surface.

  • NASA’s InSight lander completes thermal vacuum testing

    Derek RichardsonNovember 25th, 2017

    The next robotic mission to Mars, NASA's InSight lander, has undergone a thermal vacuum (TVAC) test to ensure it can survive the six-month journey to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is set to launch in May 2018.

  • Research suggests limited role for water in Mars recurring slope lineae

    Paul KnightlyNovember 25th, 2017

    Water may play a less significant role than previously thought in recurring slope lineae on Mars according to a paper published in Nature Geoscience on Nov. 20. Recurring slope lineae, or RSL, are dark seasonal slope streaks that occur on slope faces in some regions of Mars.