NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges.
Hardware from a Soviet spacecraft that went silent only seconds after making the first successful soft landing on Mars in 1971 might appear in images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed last August, is back on active status after a memory glitch set the robot back.
Analysis of Mars rocks by the Curiosity rover has uncovered the building blocks of life – hydrogen, carbon and oxygen – and evidence the planet could once have supported organisms, according to U.S. space agency, NASA.
A U.S. spacecraft orbiting Mars has provided evidence of an ancient crater lake fed by groundwater, adding further support to theories that the Red Planet may once have hosted life, said NASA.
The Mars rover Curiosity will soon begin to drill into the Red Planet for the first time, mission officials said ahead of the highly anticipated endeavor.
The U.S. and European space agencies announced a new partnership pairing a European cargo module with NASA’s Orion space capsule, which aims to take astronauts into deep space.
Astronauts chosen for a manned mission to Mars could be in serious trouble if their sleep patterns are disrupted on the lengthy journey, a 520 day simulation has found.