The Moons of Mars may be the first place we find extraterrestrial life

Was there ever life on Mars? In fact, could there still be microbes living on Mars now? It's still a distinct possibility. But given the difficulties involved in sending people and specialized equipment to Mars to look for samples, we could be waiting decades to find out. So it's a good thing there's a ready… » 7/02/12 1:31pm 7/02/12 1:31pm

The engineers behind Russia's failed Mars attempt could face criminal…

Evidently failure is no longer an option when it comes to Russia's space program. The country's president, Dmitry Medvedev, told reporters this weekend that scientists and engineers behind the Phobos-Grunt mission — the most recent failure in Russia's decades-long streak of unsuccessful interplanetary missions — could… » 11/28/11 2:35pm 11/28/11 2:35pm

10 Unsolved Martian Mysteries

For decades, humanity has been launching missions to Mars, in hopes of making sense of the enigma that is our solar system's most Earth-like planet. And as with all good mysteries, many of our investigations have simply led to more questions. » 11/28/11 10:24am 11/28/11 10:24am

Russia's mission to Martian moon Phobos has suffered a major setback

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft — the country's first bid at interplanetary space exploration in 15 years — made a successful launch yesterday afternoon, but is now reportedly stuck in orbit after losing communication with Earth and failing to fire the thrusters that would have sent it into deep space. So much for… » 11/09/11 10:39am 11/09/11 10:39am

Phobos Will Be the Next Victim of Moon-Killing Mars

Martian moons Phobos and Deimos may have once had a lunar sibling. The discovery of a pair of elliptical craters on Mars’ surface have led astronomers to speculate that a small moon may have held an unsteady orbit around the planet, only to be dragged down by Mars’ gravity and destroyed. And one thing is for certain:… » 10/26/08 8:00am 10/26/08 8:00am