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Mars Exploration

The Vikings' Magnificent Flying Machine

Petra Perkins | Posted 08.17.2016 | Science
Petra Perkins

Like the medieval Vikings, these were curious explorers and capable conquerors, but mostly they were inventors. They were "imagineers" - designers of gadgets, experiments, solutions. They invented the Viking spaceship to sail and land in unknown realms.

Dreaming of Blue: Water and Mars

Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS | Posted 11.10.2016 | Science
Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS

You live on a world of dry red rock. Something's missing. Air? Check. Gravity? Check. 294 days worth of Tang? Check, check, check. So, what could it be?

How to Go to Mars - To Stay

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 09.21.2016 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

Let's get this over with once and for all: We are going to Mars. The only questions are: When? Who? How? Which way? And, of course, why?

The Martian Chronicles

Kellie Gerardi | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science
Kellie Gerardi

While there are a lot of hurdles associated with colonizing Mars, the ability to have a cold beer might just make the goal a little more appealing.

Extended Stay or Suicide Mission?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

No one can dispute that Mars One intends to send the first humans to Mars, or that these humans will die there, because there are no plans to bring them back to Earth. But does a one-way mission to a planet where we might actually be able to survive constitute a suicide mission?

Denied, Deferred, Demented

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The 472 women, including me, who have advanced to what Mars One calls Round Two have a reasonable expectation of being among the first to colonize Mars. It's even conceivable that I could be the one to take the sure-to-become-iconic first footstep onto the surface of the red planet.

WATCH: Time-Lapse Squeezes One Year On Mars Into Two Minutes | Megan Gannon | Posted 08.04.2013 | Science

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will celebrate its one-year anniversary on the Red Planet next week, and to celebrate the occasion, the space agency relea...

POLL: Asteroid Plan Draws Skeptical Response In Hearing

Posted 05.25.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 05/22/2013 10:09 AM EDT on NASA's plan to lasso an asteroid for astronauts as a deep-space dry run for a f...

Mars: The Next International Destination

Chris Carberry | Posted 04.25.2013 | Science
Chris Carberry

The time to start planning the next large international space mission is now. That mission should be a human mission to Mars. Despite the troubling economic and budgetary times, there is clear support in the U.S. for human Mars exploration.

Americans Support Humans to Mars

Chris Carberry | Posted 02.21.2013 | Science
Chris Carberry

In these complex times, are Americans in favor of human exploration of the Mars? The answer is an unequivocal, "Yes." The optimism that we are frequently told is slipping away is still there. It is just waiting for us to start pushing against the boundaries of all that is possible.

Curiosity Photos Spotlight Rover's Historic Drilling Effort

Posted 02.21.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/20/2013 05:10 PM EST on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has beamed home photos confirming that it recovered sa...

Could THIS Live On Mars?

Posted 01.11.2013 | Science

By Irene Klotz Wed Jan 9, 2013 2:52pm EST CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A hardy bacteria common on Earth was surprisingly adaptive to Mars-li...

'Other' Rover Mission Marks Major Milestone

Posted 01.03.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 01/03/2013 08:07 AM EST on As the world rang in the Near Year this this week, NASA was looking forward to a b...

Misplaced Curiosity

Craig Bowron | Posted 02.09.2013 | Science
Craig Bowron

Until we understand our climate problems, and until we've developed solutions to deal with them, I'm not especially curious about Mars. "Danger, Will Robinson, danger!" With so much climatic uncertainty and so much at stake here at home, we can't afford to get lost in space.

Space Agency Announces Plan For New Planetary Rover

Posted 12.05.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 12/04/2012 05:16 PM EST on SAN FRANCISCO — NASA will launch a new Mars rover in 2020, agency officials anno...

Manned Outpost Would Let NASA 'Dip Toes' In Deep Space, Expert Says

Posted 11.20.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/20/2012 07:46 AM EST on Sending astronauts to a deep-space outpost beyond the moon's far side could help l...

The Search for Martians Finds Pluto... And a Lot More

Tom Jackson | Posted 12.23.2012 | Science
Tom Jackson

In 1877, Earth passed very close to Mars, affording the best view of the red planet for a generation. The repercussions from a mistranslated map of Mars made in that year still resonates today -- and it led to the discovery of many new members of the Solar System.

The Story of Jake and a Rock on Mars

William J. Clancey | Posted 11.28.2012 | Science
William J. Clancey

Jake Matijevic, a mathematician-turned-rover-engineer who played an important role in the design of the Mars Science Laboratory, now appears in Wikipedia as "Jake Matijevic (rock). Who was Jake and what's so important about this rock that he would be honored in this way?

This Is How We Walk on the Moon

Kevin Hansen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Kevin Hansen

If the U.S. seeks to send a manned space mission to Mars or reach similar such milestones by the end of the 2020s -- or sooner -- it need provide no more than it did in the 1960s: funding, political will, and presidential accountability.

Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before Sending Humans to Mars -- Some Additional Thoughts

Chris Carberry | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Chris Carberry

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe presidential candidates need to understand that science and technology education is a vital national interest. It is synonymous with a positive future.

A Next Decade Mars Program

G. Scott Hubbard | Posted 10.28.2012 | Science
G. Scott Hubbard

Humanity is tantalizing close to finding out whether Mars was ever an abode for life. Let us continue to be bold in our endeavors.

Curiosity: The Mars Rover and the Promise of Space Exploration

Chris Carberry | Posted 10.05.2012 | Science
Chris Carberry

On the morning of August 6, Curiosity, the most ambitious and complex robotic rover in space history, will land on the Martian surface. If successful, it could help answer questions we have been asking for a century, most notably: Could Mars have ever have sustained life?

Mars Rover Failure Might Have Surprising Impact On Space Agency

Posted 08.05.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 08/04/2012 09:18 AM EDT on If NASA's newest Mars rover doesn't touch down safely Sunday night (Aug. 5), the f...

The Push for More Spaceborne Nuclear Russian Roulette

Karl Grossman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green
Karl Grossman

Plutonium has long been described as the most lethal radioactive substance. And the plutonium isotope used on the Curiosity rover is significantly more radioactive than the type of plutonium used in nuclear weapons or built up as a waste product in nuclear power plants.

Mars-Based Reality Show: How Stupid Could it Be?

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.08.2012 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

Facts notwithstanding, Mars One claims it intends to land its first team of colonists on Mars in 2023. If you're out of the loop, that's 10 years before NASA hopes to get there. Perhaps such ambition is warranted, given the company's fundraising goals.