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Three newly discovered bodies of liquid water deep beneath the south polar ice cap on Mars have planetary scientists intrigued.
There seems to be a network of underground bodies of liquid water at Mars’ south pole.
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New findings boost chances of finding life on Mars, but there are better candidates in the solar system.
Purple microbial mats offer clues to how ancient life functioned.
How ancient microbes survived in a world without oxygen has been a mystery. Scientists discovered a living microbial mat that uses arsenic instead of oxygen for photosynthesis and respiration.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover takes a selfie on Mars in June, 2018.
The clouds of Venus may harbour alien life. But where else?
Illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars.
The Perseverance rover onboard Mars
2020 is our best bet for finding life on the red planet.
The Perseverance Rover (Mars 2020) installed within the upper stage of the United Launch Alliance rocket that will send it to Mars from Florida this week.
Australian scientists have been working on NASA's latest Mars mission for years.
In a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., engineers observed the first driving test for the Mars rover, Perseverance. Perseverance will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize Mars’ climate and geology, and collect samples for a future return to Earth.
This summer, NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is taking the next giant leap in our search for signs of life beyond Earth.
Rocket carrying the Hope probe.
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In just a few years, the Hope mission has boosted UAE's economy and science capacity.
Star trails in the desert.
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A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.
It has been estimated that there will be one surgical emergency every 2.4 years on a mission to Mars.
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Space agencies are seeking new ways to be prepared for a surgical emergency on a mission to Mars.
Artist’s rendition of NASA’s 2020 Mars rover collecting rocks with its robotic arm.
Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.
Over the last 50 years, a lot has changed in rocketry. The fuel that powers spaceflight might finally be changing too.
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An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.
Who owns the Moon?
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US and international law conflicts about who would be in charge if a private company established a Moon base or colonized Mars.
A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah.
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Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.
The Rosalind Franklin rover.
Delay has turned space mission ExoMars2020 into ExoMars2022.
NASA's InSight lander has recorded the first evidence of earthquake-like tremors on Mars. The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the geological processes at play on another world.
Artist’s impression of Mars InSight.
The InSights mission is producing the first evidence-based picture of Mars's interior.
As plans for space exploration expand, how will sex and desire be addressed in these larger, longer missions?
Sex technologies and 'erobots' could help address issues related to human desire, and physical and emotional needs of astronauts in space.
The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) is a research facility designed to simulate conditions on Mars.
In preparation for possible future missions to Mars, scientists figure out how to quickly and efficiently measure brain performance and mental fatigue.
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An expert explains the challenges of a mission to Mars for younger readers.