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. 

Mars May Have Been More “Earth-Like" 4 Billion Years Ago

4 billion year old Nitrogen containing organic molecules has been discovered in Martian meteorites. This finding suggests a wet and organic-rich early Mars, which could have been habitable and favorable for life to start.

Organic Molecules Found on Mars

The molecules were extracted by the Curiosity rover from a mudstone section of the Gale Crater. Scientists have concluded that we can't rule out those molecules actually have a biological origin.

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.

Mars once had salt lakes similar to Earth

According to an international team of scientists, the lake that was present in Gale Crater over 3 billion years ago underwent a drying episode, potentially linked to the global drying of Mars.

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.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover discovered "startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air" on Wednesday in what could potentially be a sign of life on the Red Planet, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Curiosity confirms clay deposits on slopes of Mount Sharp on Mars

Clay often forms in the presence of water – a key ingredient for the evolution of life as it is known on Earth – and Curiosity’s latest findings add more evidence that a significant amount of water once pooled and flowed in Gale Crater on Mars.

An Astounding Amount of Water Discovered on Mars

Scientists detected a massive reservoir of frozen water sandwiched by layers of sand beneath the northern polar ice cap on Mars. This reservoir contains so much ice that, if melted and brought to the surface, it would submerge the entire planet.

Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS

NASA’s aging 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter recently snapped some unique views of the twin moons Phobos and Deimos.

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.

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.

Signs that Ancient Rivers Flowed Across the Surface of Mars

There’s a massive, growing wall of evidence showing that Mars may have had the necessary conditions for life in the past. ESA’s High-Resolution Camera on the Mars Express Orbiter, there are clear signs of a system of river valleys.

Opportunity Mars Rover is now lost to us

Opportunity landed on Mars more than 15 Earth years ago, on January 25, 2004. Originally designed for 90-day lifetimes, the rovers persisted. It roved a staggering 45.16 kilometers across the Red Planet.