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Mars Facts: Life, Water and Robots on the Red Planet

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. Befitting the red planet's bloody color, the Romans named it after their god of war. The Romans copied the …

Momentum for Mars: Astronauts say mission is inevitable

This is what Mars would look like to an astronaut arriving there for the first time.<p>To be there would be inspiring, and intimidating; it would be a giant step for mankind; and for many it would herald a new era in science.<br>For others it would be overreaching; the technology simply is not there to …

Space Exploration

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

How Will We Get Off Mars?

We know how to get to Mars. We know how to land on Mars. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to leave.<p>When NASA engineers look at Mars, they see a planet-sized Venus flytrap.<p>It lures us with the promise of scientific discovery—but the moment we land there, gravity and a harsh climate will …

Space Science

Why We Should Land on Mars' Moon Before We Land on Mars

Rather than an expensive Apollo 8-style flyby or an audacious out-the-gates landing, NASA is mulling landing on the rocky, tiny moon first.<p>NASA wants to land a human crew on Mars in the 2030s. But to succeed with such an ambitious, expensive, long-timescale project, the agency needs a roadmap that …

Space Science

Space Missions Have Major Effects On Astronauts' Brains

New research finds the mind "reorganizes" itself to adapt to a long space flight.<p>NASA announced last week that it plans to hire new astronauts for its Mars and International Space Station missions. But before you fill out your application, bear in mind that space travel has some serious downsides, …

Mars is destroying its moon Phobos

Mars has two moons, but they’re both quite small and unusual. Phobos is the larger of the two, and it orbits close to the planet. Even though mars …

We Finally Know What Happened to Water on Mars

Mars today (despite the presence of a small amount of a liquid water) is a dry, frozen place. But this was not always the case. Ancient Mars was …

Solar Wind

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

What Happened to Early Mars' Atmosphere? New Study Eliminates One Theory

Scientists may be closer to solving the mystery of how Mars changed from a world with surface water billions of years ago to the arid Red Planet of …

Lunar Pit Stop? Mars-Bound Astronauts May Refuel Near Moon

Humanity's most efficient path to Mars includes a pit stop near the moon, a new study suggests.<p>Mars-bound crewed spacecraft should launch with just …

Can You Drink The Water On Mars?

For years, scientists thought the Earth was unique in that it was the only body in our solar system to harbor water. Well, the more we explore, the …

It’s completely ridiculous to think that humans could live on Mars

Our 12-year-old daughter who, like us, is a big fan of <i>The Martian</i> by Andy Weir, said, “I can’t stand that people think we’re all going to live on Mars after we destroy our own planet. Even after we’ve made the Earth too hot and polluted for humans, it still won’t be as bad as Mars. At least there’s …

The Surprising Effect That Space Radiation Had on Mouse Brains

It’s one thing to send a rover to Mars. It’s another to send a biologically fragile human body. We don’t know much about how space will affect us–and …

Neuroscience

How Long Does It Take to Get to Mars?

If you wanted to pay a visit to the red planet, how long would it take? The answer depends on a number of things, ranging from the position of the …