The Amazingly Creepy Way Mars Will Kill Its Moon

It was a rough month for Phobos, as astronomers decreed—yet again—that Mars is ripping its lumpy moon apart. But apparently, Phobos’ loss is the Red Planet’s gain. After the satellite is torn to pieces, its fragments will fan out into a disk and 20 million years from now, Mars will become a ringed planet. »Wednesday 10:30am11/25/15 10:30am

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 4:31pm7/02/12 4:31pm

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

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 5:35pm11/28/11 5:35pm

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 1:39pm11/09/11 1:39pm

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 11:00am10/26/08 11:00am