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'Spiders' on Mars: Citizen scientists investigate strange Martian terrain

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been surveying strange "spider-like" surface features on Mars for years, and now citizen scientists are helping the orbiter hone in on areas that require further investigation.<p>These prominent surface features are found near Mars' south pole, and are …

Mars Mission

How Will We Get to Mars? New Book and TV Series Provide the Details

What is it going to take to <i>really</i> get humans to Mars? A new television series and a companion book take a detailed and hard look at the future of …

Buzz Aldrin

Most Missions To Mars Don't Survive

If you want to go to Mars, fly American<p>There have been 53 missions to Mars since the 1960s, from flybys to rovers, and 23 have accomplished their objectives. That means more than half either never left Earth or failed when they get to Mars.<p>Eighteen of those 23 successes were launched by the …

Red is not its only color: NASA captures Mars you’ve never imagined

Vibrant pictures taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal Nili Fossae, Mars’ northwest region, as one of the most colorful spots on the Red …

Mars Mission

Mars Lander May Be Missing, But A Second Spacecraft Is Still Humming Along

The Schiaparelli Mars lander got very close to the red planet before something went wrong. It entered the planet's atmosphere, managed not to burn up as it hurtled down and unfurled its parachute. It's unclear what happened in the final minute of descent, but it wasn't what the European and Russian …

Space

Imagining humans on Mars

Last month in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk, a former graduate student in physics and founder of the space exploration company SpaceX, made …

Nat Geo's 'Mars' Invades NYC with Immersive Red Planet Exhibit

NEW YORK — National Geographic is bringing Mars down to Earth this week. New Yorkers can visit the Mars experiential dome in lower Manhattan to get a …

Nasa releases images of ESA's crashed Schiaparelli lander on Mars

Images from a Nasa satellite show the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander has created a shallow crater on Mars after it crashed onto the …

Hubble releases shimmering image of a youthful globular cluster

Recent revised estimates upping the number of galaxies in the universe seem even more mind-boggling when contemplating this image released from …