If you’ve spent any time looking at the average satellite image of Mars, you’d be forgiven for concluding that our planetary neighbour is actually just one gigantic sandy wasteland. But as this close-up image of the Aureum Chaos proves, Martians don’t just hide in the sand. »
If we hope to someday make a home, or at least a longer stopover up on Mars, then we’re going to need a way to get around and see what’s up there. This boomerang-shaped prototype Martian airplane—the first of its kind—just may be it. »
How can you tell if a crater is recent? The rim is sharp and the material ejected from its formation is well-preserved. Since it’s relatively recent — in geological time — this crater could have a “steep, active slope,” so NASA will monitor it for changes. »
When we think “ancient Mars,” we often picture roaring rivers, warm oceans, and if we’re being optimistic, perhaps some simple life forms. But it’s also possible the Mars of eons past was not a water-covered paradise at all. It may, in fact, have resembled a giant, dirty snowball. »
The US has a plan for Americans to live in space. In 2012, the National Research Council was commissioned by Congress to roadmap the future of human space exploration. Last June, the team published its findings in a massive report, which called for several action steps to be taken immediately. One year later, are we… »
Mars is a strange place, whether we’re talking the seemingly nature-defying behavior of its liquids or just the tendency of even the most ordinary rock to have a secret life. But this latest look into one of its craters shows something odd even by Martian standards: There’s glass in there — and lots of it. »
Following a tweet showing a shadow that looked a bit like him on Mars, Big Bird has denied that he’s ever been to Mars. But no one was suggesting that he had. Methinks the bird doth protest too much.
This music video from British-based music producer and remix artist Jamie XX for his song Gosh has captivated me all week. It takes a minute for the slow journey to Mars to sink in, and watching Mars turn slowly below as it’s terraformed makes for a beautiful video. »
This crater on Mars is so fresh, it still has sharp, clean edges unsoftened by countless landslides. »
It’s called the red planet for a reason. So just what are these large blue patches dotting the surface of Mars? »
Preparations for NASA’s next mission to Mars are kicking into high gear. And the technology the space agency is building for the Martian lander slated to launch in 2016 is enough to make science fiction fans foam at the mouth. »
The aurorae here on Earth are a pretty impressive sight to behold, but, just like Earth, it turns out that Mars also has aurorae visible to the naked eye — with one pretty startling difference. »
The Curiosity Rover has been a remarkably resilient piece of machinery, but even the toughest robot occasionally needs a tune up. So how does that happen when we’re down here and Curiosity is all by its lonesome up on Mars? »
Near the middle of this photo from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express is the Siloe Patera. Siloe Patera lies in the Arabia Terra region of Mars, and measures 20 km by 40 km. Recent research suggests it could be the remains of a supervolcano. »
Der-shing Helmer, creator of The Meek, is back with a new webcomic, and it’s set on Mars. In Mare Internum, an entomologist arrives at an isolated Mars research station just as another researcher has been fired. But before he departs, these two scientists will learn a great deal about each other’s troubles.