NASA Can Now Reliably Produce a Tree's Worth of Oxygen on Mars

A machine called MOXIE, stowed away on NASA’s Perseverance rover, can reliably convert carbon dioxide into a small tree’s worth of oxygen. During various tests, MOXIE steadily breathed in Martian atmosphere and breathed out at least six grams of oxygen an hour.

The Results For Long Mars Simulations Are Worrying

The results from Mars simulations, Project Sirius and project Mars-500, showed worrisome outcome - the astronauts become detached from mission control and almost autonomous with time. 

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.

Learning to Live Sustainably on the Red Planet: Habitat Mars

Groups like Mars Habitat are dedicated to conducting simulated missions in analog environments. The lessons learned will not only prepare people to live and work in space but foster ideas for sustainable living here on Earth.

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. 

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.

Five Teams Compete to Design a 3D Printed Mars Habitat

As part of their 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge, NASA recently awarded five teams with a total of $100,000 for their designs for Martian habitats.

Underground Liquid Water Found on Mars

A new analysis of 15 years of data from the Mars Express probe by a team of Italian scientists shows compelling evidence for their being liquid water beneath Mars southern polar region.

Scientists Harvest First Vegetable Crops From Antarctic Greenhouse

The success of first harvest, which produced vibrant-looking lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, and other treats, represents a promising test run for similar greenhouses that could one day be built on Mars—or beyond.

Mars simulation kicks off in remote Oman desert

Austrian researches have started a three-week simulated mission to Mars in Oman's barren desert.

Vast Sheets of Ice Have Been Found on Mars

Researchers have identified eight, massive sheets of ice just below the Martian surface, and they appear to be relatively young deposits.

Worms Born in ‘Mars Soil’ For the First Time

The discovery is a major game-changer for planning our relationship with the Red Planet in the future. The good news: There will be salads.

MIT's winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars

MIT team designed an environmentally friendly city for the red planet that mimics a forest, with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels.

Elon Musk is aiming to land spaceships on Mars in 2022

Elon Musk just unveiled more of his grand plan for colonizing Mars. His rocket company, SpaceX, aims to land at least two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022 in order to place power, mining and life support systems there for future flights.

‘Astronauts' Simulating Mars Surface Mission Emerge After 8 Months of Isolation

After spending eight months simulating life on Mars on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, six "astronauts" emerged from their Hawaiian habitat to return to civilization.