NASA rover reaches Mars in search for signs of past life

Perseverance, the largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world, touched down on Mars yesterday. The $2.4 billion rover arrived at Jezero Crater, a basin that scientists say was once flooded with liquid water.

NASA InSight Lander's Mole Is No Longer Digging Mars

Since 2019, NASA's InSight's probe, called the “mole,” has been attempting to burrow into the Martian surface. Martian soil’s tendency to clump deprived the mole of the friction it needs to hammer itself to a sufficient depth.

InSight's Mole on Mars Is In Again

After many months of struggle and careful adaptation, the InSight lander’s ‘Mole’ is finally into the ground. The InSight lander was sent to Mars to study the planet’s interior. 

Lava Tubes Big Enough to Fit A Planetary Base

Both the Moon and Mars were volcanically active at one time and the result is lava tubes. A new study shows that lunar and Martian lava tubes might be enormous, and easily large enough to accommodate a base.

China Launches First Independent Mission to Mars

An unmanned spacecraft blasted off Thursday on a yearlong journey to Mars. The Tianwen-1, which translates into “Questions to Heaven,” is expected to reach the Red Planet by February.

UAE launches world's first mission to Mars

The Hope orbiter will arrive in February 2021 to begin a two-year survey of the weather on the red planet. For Emirati scientists the mission represents a new chapter in the history of scientific discovery.

Finally! Mars InSight's Mole is Now Underground

After months of perseverance, the team operating the instrument has succeeded in getting the Mole at least some distance into the ground. The Mole's job is to penetrate into the Martian soil, to a depth of 5m.

How to Make the Food and Water on Mars

Projects BIOWYSE and TIME SCALE are being developed in Norway. These two systems are all about providing astronauts with a sustainable and renewable supply of drinking water and plant food. 

Surprising science from InSight Mars mission

InSight is the first mission dedicated to looking deep beneath the Martian surface. Findings reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses. However, the lander's mole is still stuck and scientists are working on getting it digging again.  

NASA's New Spacesuits

NASA unveiled new spacesuits that astronauts will wear on the moon and Mars. The suits are designed to outperform those used during the Apollo program.

Scientists Develop Material to Create Habitable Areas on Mars

Scientists now propose using an insulating material called silica aerogel to make parts of the Martian surface friendlier to photosynthetic life. Perhaps an aerogel blanket could more easily melt the water on the Martian ice caps to make a small section of the planet habitable.

Inflatable Heat Shield Could Deliver Heavy Payloads to Another Worlds

NASA is testing out a new inflatable heat shield which could enable them to send heavier missions to Mars, as well as Venus and Titan.

NASA’s InSight lander detects first likely “marsquake”

The signal appears to have been generated inside the planet and not by any surface-level phenomenon. Three other seismic events were detected on 14 March, 10 and 11 April, but they were much smaller and their origins more ambiguous.

Curiosity drills into clay unit; InSight ‘mole’ tests continue

Curiosity Mars rover has started drilling into a clay-bearing unit on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, while the InSight's mole ran into a sub-surface obstacle of some sort on 28 February after hammering its way just 30 cm into Martian soil.

We Now Have Independent Confirmation of Methane on Mars

There was a big stir when reports emerged that the Curiosity rover had detected methane on Mars. But now an independent source has also detected methane on Mars.