This Elevation Map Of Mars Makes The Red Planet Much More Colorful

In this brand new map of the Ares Vallis region of Mars, released by the German space agency DLR, you can see the true differences in height between the high and low parts of our neighboring planet. The highest parts, expressed in red, are about 4000 meters (2.4 miles) above the lowest parts, in blue. » 4/14/15 6:30pm 4/14/15 6:30pm

Opportunity Rover Has A Film Noir Moment In This Shadowy Shot From Mars

This shot shows the Opportunity rover in shadow on Mars, facing Endurance Crater. It was taken in 2004, the year Opportunity began exploring; since then, it's completed the equivalent of a marathon across Martian terrain, discovering evidence of ancient water, and snapping memorable images galore. » 3/29/15 11:00am 3/29/15 11:00am

Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… » 3/28/15 11:15am 3/28/15 11:15am

Mars One Is Broke, Disorganized, and Sketchy as Hell

Remember Mars One? The mega-hyped, one way ticket to go start a colony on Mars assuming it could get a ship and funding and capable colonists and training facilities and the major technological advances necessary to make it all happen? Surprise! According to one finalist, the whole thing is pretty much a scam. » 3/17/15 2:20pm 3/17/15 2:20pm

Kim Stanley Robinson Says Colonizing Mars Won't Be As Easy As He Thought

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy filled us all with hope that we could terraform Mars in the 21st century, with its plausible description of terraforming processes. But now, in the face of what we've learned about Mars in the past 20 years, he no longer thinks it'll be that easy. » 3/13/15 10:44am 3/13/15 10:44am