For These Five Scientists, The Deserts Of Utah Are Like Mars on Earth

In the 1960s, Apollo astronauts trained for their moon missions in Iceland. Today, members of the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) play Mars-colony in the striated deserts of Utah. » 4/11/14 11:30am 4/11/14 11:30am

The Woman Who Created Mars Mosaics The Hard Way

We are spoiled rotten by easy access to georeferenced Martian photography, but mosaics weren't always that easy. In the days before computer processing and seamless stitching, mosaics were constructed by Patricia "Patsy" Conklin and people like her. » 4/09/14 4:37pm 4/09/14 4:37pm

Scientists Build Incredible “Mars In A Bottle” Simulation Chamber

Environmental conditions on Mars are uniquely suited to destroying the billions of dollars of scientific equipment we send to study the Red Planet. To better protect our investments, three researchers have built a simulation chamber to assess the resilience of high-tech instruments before they are launched. » 4/09/14 11:20am 4/09/14 11:20am

What's That Strange Light Emanating From The Martian Surface?

Remember that awesome image of the Kimberley Waypoint we showed you yesterday? Well, some astute observers noticed an artificial light glowing on the surface. And that's certainly what it looks like — but there's a very reasonable explanation. » 4/08/14 3:30pm 4/08/14 3:30pm

Curiosity Has Arrived At The Breathtaking Kimberley Waypoint

NASA's intrepid Curiosity rover has arrived at a scientifically enticing destination called "The Kimberley Waypoint," where researchers hope to carry out the next drilling operation into alien Martian terrain in search of further clues about ancient Red Planet environments that may have been favorable for life. » 4/07/14 7:30am 4/07/14 7:30am

Your Guide to Witnessing the Biggest, Brightest Mars in Over Six Years

On April 8th, Earth will soar between the Sun and Mars. When it does, the Red Planet will reach what astronomers call "opposition" in the night sky. Just a few days later, Earth will be closer to Mars than it's been in more than six years – and during a total lunar eclipse! Here's how to watch. » 4/04/14 11:48am 4/04/14 11:48am

Can Six Astronauts Live Together for 17 Months And Not Go Crazy?

The "Mars500" project was the most ambitious attempt yet to simulate the conditions of an expedition to the Red Planet. A newly published study assesses the psychological well-being of the crew during their "mission"—and reveals what it was like to live in cramped quarters with 6 people for 520 days. » 4/02/14 7:40am 4/02/14 7:40am

These Before-And-After Shots Confirm A New Gully Has Formed On Mars!

Check out these before and after snaps of a Martian crater and you'll see something that wasn't there before — and that something is a brand new gully, marked above with the arrow. But anyone hoping that this is even further evidence of flowing water on Mars may be disappointed. » 3/19/14 12:42pm 3/19/14 12:42pm

Curiosity's Next Mission Looms Large in New Mars Panorama

NASA's Curiosity Rover spent 8 months traveling over 300-million miles to get to Mars. It spent another year getting its bearings, making several major discoveries along the way. Now it has its sights set on 18,000-foot Mount Sharp, its primary scientific target, which features prominently in this recently released… » 2/28/14 1:20pm 2/28/14 1:20pm