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Mars News
December 8, 2019

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The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks ... read more

With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen

For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the gases that fill the air directly above ... read more
Mars once had salt lakes that are similar to those on Earth and has gone through wet and ... read more

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars

If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity ... read more
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Could We Feed One Million People Living on Mars?

A provocative new study looks at the resource utilization and technological strategies that would be needed to make a Mars population of one million people food ... read more

On Mars, Sands Shift to a Different Drum

In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists has found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles on ... read more

Strange Martian Mineral Deposit Likely Sourced from Volcanic Explosions

In a finding that is soon to be ground-truthed by NASA's next Mars rover, researchers show that a Martian mineral deposit was likely formed by ashfall from ancient volcanic ... read more

Massive Martian Ice Discovery Opens a Window Into Red Planet's History

Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the largest water reservoirs on the planet, according to ... read more

Sedimentary, My Dear Johnson: Is NASA Looking at the Wrong Rocks for Clues to Martian Life?

While volcanic, igneous rock predominates on Mars, virtually the entire Earth fossil record comes from sedimentary rocks. Addressing the problem, Swedish scientists have begun compiling evidence of ... read more

NASA's InSight Detects First Likely 'Quake' on Mars

NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely 'marsquake'. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the ... read more

Deep Groundwater May Generate Surface Streams on Mars

New research suggests that deep groundwater could still be active on Mars and could originate surface streams in some near-equatorial areas on ... read more

Rivers Raged on Mars Late Into Its History

Scientists have catalogued these rivers to conclude that significant river runoff persisted on Mars later into its history than previously thought. According to the study, the runoff was intense -- ... read more

Bernese Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Spectacular Images

Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. The camera system has been observing Mars from ... read more

Scientists Tackle Major Challenges to Sending Astronauts to Search for Life on Mars

An international team of researchers is tackling one of the biggest problems of space travel to Mars: what happens when we get ... read more

Goals for Collecting and Studying Samples from Mars

A new article defines specific scientific objectives for a Mars Sample Return campaign, to describe the critical measurements that would need to be done on returned samples to address the objectives, ... read more

Clues to Possible Martian Life Found in Chilean Desert

A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life. The ... read more

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the ... read more

Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars

New research suggests liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. Now, a new study argues there needs to be an underground source of heat for liquid water to exist underneath the ... read more

Developing a Flight Strategy to Land Heavier Vehicles on Mars

The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. Sending more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, ... read more

Mars Rover Curiosity Makes First Gravity-Measuring Traverse on the Red Planet

A clever use of non-science engineering data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers to measure the density of rock layers in Gale ... read more

NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars

NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer on the ground, its ... read more

Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space

On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight's exact ... read more

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" ... read more

NASA's Mars InSight Flexes Its Arm

New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet (2 meters), the arm will be used to pick up science instruments from ... read more

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