Meet the people who would leave Earth and take a one-way trip to Mars

Mars One, the program that is planning to create a human settlement on Mars by 2024, has received over 200,000 applications of Earthlings who are interested in leaving their home planet forever by taking a one-way ticket to Mars. This short documentary examines a few of those people's motivation to leave everything… » 3/05/14 10:46pm 3/05/14 10:46pm

NASA reveals the mystery of the rock that suddenly materialized on Mars

At last, NASA's scientists have revealed the mystery of the mysterious rock that materialized out of nowhere right in front of the Mars Curiosity rover—the infamous jelly doughnut rock rock that surprised everyone at mission control, prompting NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres to exclaim "wait a… » 2/14/14 2:53pm 2/14/14 2:53pm

Rock mysteriously appears in front of the Mars Opportunity rover

Left: a photo taken 3528 days after the Opportunity rover arrival to Mars. Right: the exact same spot 12 Mars days later. Notice the difference? NASA JPL scientists did too: "It's about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like 'wait a second, that wasn't there before, it can't be right. Oh my… » 1/17/14 8:31am 1/17/14 8:31am

This is what we would all do if we got to wear a real NASA spacesuit

BBC's Richard Hammond of Top Gear fame recently got to step inside a NASA's Z1 spacesuit prototype that was pressurized to simulate what wearing the spacesuit would be like on Mars. Because Mars atmosphere is so thin, the suit needs to be pumped up inside to hold his body together. No matter to Hammond though. He did… » 11/06/13 8:41pm 11/06/13 8:41pm

The nuclear-fusion spaceship that may take us to Mars in three months

A group of University of Washington researchers is working on a completely new kind of spaceship that could make relatively fast interplanetary travel possible: a nuclear-fusion rocket that will shorten the time of a trip to Mars "from eight to nine months to less than three." » 11/05/13 12:35pm 11/05/13 12:35pm

This is what a penny looks like after being on Mars for 411 days

There's an old penny on Curiosity that the robotic probe uses to calibrate the Mars Hand Lens Imager at the end of its arm. The rover recently took a hi-res close-up of the coin, and as you can see, it's getting a little dusty. » 10/11/13 12:12am 10/11/13 12:12am

Amazing find: Mars' soil is full of water, search for life continues

Amazing news from Mars: Curiosity has found that each cubic foot of the planet's soil contains two pints of liquid water. One liter, people_._ It's not a sea or a lake—the water molecules are actually bound to the soil itself—but that's really amazing news, and a good omen in the search for life in the Red Planet. » 9/26/13 7:03pm 9/26/13 7:03pm