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.
Perseverance took a selfie next to its biggest accomplishment yet – the two small drill holes where the rover took samples of Martian rocks.
Perseverance and its helicopter sidekick, Ingenuity, have been on Mars for nearly nine months. The duo have taken rock samples, performed first flights and taken images of the delta in Jezero Crater.
It’s important to understand sex and eroticism in space.
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As space exploration takes off, it will become increasingly important to study and understand sex, intimacy, desire and pleasure off-Earth.
Ligeia Mare on Titan.
From the tallest cliff in the solar system to its largest impact basin, geological processes on other worlds are very similar to those on our own planet.
The Mars InSight lander.
Mars’ core is larger and less dense than we thought.
Mars, Venus and the crescent Moon will all come together in the sky just after sunset on Tuesday.
Mars northern polar cap, photographed by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
New results show why and how water is disappearing from Mars atmosphere.
Hip-hop has a long history in referencing space exploration.
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Rappers have been taking listeners on lyrical journeys to outer space for decades. A hip-hop scholar says their music helps inspire more students to pursue careers among the stars.
A permanent Moon colony could become a reality in a few decades.
In the coming decades, governments and private companies will set up permanent bases on the Moon and Mars. And at some point, the first galactic baby will be born.
Mushroom-like structures on Mars.
No conclusive evidence that extraterrestrial life exists has been found…yet.