InSight’s dusty solar panel.
A team of scientists have found a surprising amount of water ice on Mars.
Artist’s view of what Mars would have looked like a billion years ago.
A study has found that microorganisms living on Mars billions of years ago may have left the planet uninhabitable.
Concept illustration for research robots that could bring samples of Mars rocks to Earth-based labs.
Sophisticated equipment on the Perseverance rover is helping answer some of the many questions researchers have about Mars’ geology over time.
Peter Thiel: his plan to build a bunker-type lodge in remote NZ was stymied.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Survival of the Richest is less about tech billionaires and their ‘bonkers’ escape plans than it is an entertaining primer on the various ills of late capitalism.
Some scientists are keen to send humans to Venus on a flyby.
Rovers on Mars frequently come across debris – like this heat shield and spring – from their own or other missions.
Discarded pieces of landing gear, crashed spacecraft and wear and tear have produced a lot of debris that is now scattered around the Martian surface.
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In an extraterrestrial first, scientists have linked seismic waves on Mars to meteorite impact craters spotted via satellite.
NASA is going back to the Moon.
When the Orion Crew Capsule orbits the Moon there will be no one on board. But the mission will mark a key step in bringing humans back to Earth’s dusty sidekick.
By tracking a meteorite found in Morocco back to its origin in an asteroid crater on Mars millions of years ago, scientists can learn more about how the planets formed.
Oxia Planum on Mars – where the rover was set to land.
The European space agency will need both a launch vehicle and a lander platform to launch its ExoMars rover without help from Russia.
A panorama stitched together from about 100 individual Curiosity images. The ‘door’ is circled, and is tiny and hard to see at this scale.
We should not be surprised that some of the innumerable rocks on Mars have weird shapes, because many have been sand-blasted by wind erosion for billions of years.
A photo of ‘doorway’ on Mars shows how ready our minds are to see significance and signs of life in the natural world.
The greenhouse at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is the only source of fresh food during winter.
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the Moon, but Antarctica has long provided researchers with the perfect place to test their agricultural techniques for a future in space.
Sand blown by wind into ripples within Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum on Mars, as photographed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on October 3, 2006.
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There are many bodies in the solar system we can’t easily access. But observations of their winds and sediments reveal a surprising amount.
An artist’s concept of an astronaut walking on Mars. But what would happen if the astronaut weren’t wearing a space helmet?
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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and one of our closest neighbors in space. But it’s not a very welcoming place for an Earthling to visit.
There’s a lot of technological progress required before off-Earth mining operations can be considered feasible.
Humans might one day be able to live somewhere else in the Universe.
The zircon crystal was found in the NWA 7034 meteorite, dubbed ‘Black Beauty’ – uncovered from the desert of northwest Africa.
2022 is set to be humanity’s busiest year in space.
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With about 200 orbital launches scheduled and ambitious missions on everything from lunar bases to the search for life in the works, there’s a lot to watch in 2022. An astronomer explains the highlights.
The rocket boosters for the Space Launch System that will launch Nasa’s Artemis I mission to the Moon.
Nasa plans to test its new rocket system for the Moon, and a new rover is due to begin its journey to Mars.