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The Location for NASA’s Next Mars Rover Is Even More Intriguing Than We Realised

Satellite observations of Jezero crater on Mars, the chosen landing site for NASA’s next rover mission, have revealed evidence of minerals that are exceptionally good at preserving traces of ancient life, making this an even better place to send the rover than initially thought. Read More >>

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Curiosity Finds Mysterious Oxygen Fluctuations on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover sniffed out an unexpected seasonal variation to the oxygen on Mars, according to new research. Read More >>

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Mars Just Spat Out the InSight Heat Probe

After some hopeful digging, Mars seems to have spat out the InSight heat flow-measuring probe. Read More >>

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Major Milestone Reached as NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Stands on All Six Wheels

Images from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory show its next-gen rover standing on all six wheels for the first time. Read More >>

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New Satellite Pics Show Curiosity and InSight Hard at Work on Mars

New images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are providing fresh views of NASA’s Insight lander and Curiosity rover on the Martian surface. Read More >>

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NASA’s Plan to Rescue InSight’s Stuck Heat Probe Appears to Be Working

After being stuck for months, the InSight lander’s heat probe has managed to dig down a few centimetres into the Martian dirt. It’s a positive sign that the probe didn’t hit a rock as engineers originally feared and that a newly devised strategy to remedy the situation is actually working. Read More >>

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Would Finding Life on Mars Really Change Anything?

In a recent interview with the Telegraph, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said it’s possible we’ll soon find evidence of life on Mars but that “we’re not prepared for the results.” Green said the discovery would be as world-shaking as the revelation that the solar system doesn’t revolve around Earth. But while finding our first aliens would no doubt be amazing, it’s not a given that it would have any major impact on life on Earth. Read More >>

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Here’s How NASA Might Rescue InSight’s Extremely Stuck Heat Probe

Back in February, the heat probe of NASA’s InSight lander didn’t get very far while trying to tunnel a hole into Mars. It’s been stuck ever since, but NASA has devised a plan in the hopes of getting the probe moving again. Read More >>

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Now You Can Listen to Marsquakes

NASA has turned Marsquake data into sounds you can actually listen to. Read More >>

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We Should Deliberately Contaminate Mars With Our Microbes, Controversial Study Argues

A research team is proposing a major philosophical shift in our thinking about the spread of Earthly microbes in space and on Mars in particular. Believing interplanetary contamination to be “inevitable,” the team argues that future Martian colonists should use microorganisms to reshape the Red Planet – a proposition deemed grossly premature by some experts. Read More >>

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Magnetic Field on Mars Mysteriously Pulses at Night, NASA’s InSight Lander Finds

NASA’s Mars InSight lander has observed mysterious nighttime pulses that can last as long as two hours, according to a conference proceeding. Read More >>

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Is That White Chocolate or the Surface of Mars?

A new image of dunes on the Martian north pole looks a lot like a chocolate bar. Read More >>

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Stumbles Upon a Strangely Complicated Martian Rock

The Curiosity team is calling it “Strathdon”—a boulder-sized Martian rock comprised of dozens of sedimentary layers. Its discovery suggests the area being explored by the NASA rover is more geologically complex than is typically appreciated. Read More >>

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Humans Will Never Colonise Mars

The suggestion that humans will soon set up bustling, long-lasting colonies on Mars is something many of us take for granted. What this lofty vision fails to appreciate, however, are the monumental—if not intractable—challenges awaiting colonists who want to permanently live on Mars. Unless we radically adapt our brains and bodies to the harsh Martian environment, the Red Planet will forever remain off limits to humans. Read More >>

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Scientists Develop Material to Create Habitable Areas on Mars

Mars’ surface, as far as we can tell, is not habitable to humans—it’s far too cold. But eventually, humanity would like to put an outpost on the planet. That will require warming things up a bit, but how? Read More >>