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  •  NASA decodes hazards of human spaceflight to Mars

    Washington: In a bid to make an organised effort to overcome the obstacles that lie before a human journey to Mars, NASA has decoded some hazards that astronauts can encounter on a continual basis on the Red Planet. The space agency’s Human Research Programme (HRP) used ground-based analogues, laboratories, and the International Space Station (ISS), to evaluate human performance and countermeasures required for the exploration of Mars, expected to be in the 2030s.

  • NASA asks public to help astronauts survive carbon dioxide on Mars

    Washington: NASA has launched a public competition that asks people to find solutions to turn carbon dioxide into molecules that would help astronauts endure the harsh atmosphere on the Red Planet. Called the “CO2 Conversion Challenge”, the competition asks public to discover ways to develop novel synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including “substrates” for

  • NASA’s InSight spacecraft crosses halfway mark to Mars

    Washington: NASA’s InSight spacecraft that is en route to Mars, has passed the halfway mark to its destination and all its instruments are working well, the US space agency said. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. The spacecraft, which crossed the halfway mark on August 6 is expected to land on Mars on November 26 to study the Red Planet’s deep interior, NASA said in a statement on

  • NASA Curiosity rover completes 6 years on Mars

    Washington: NASA’s Curiosity rover is celebrating its sixth anniversary on Mars which is currently experiencing a global storm. “I touched down on #Mars six years ago. Celebrating my 6th landing anniversary with the traditional gift of ironÂ. oxide. (It puts the red in Red Planet.),” said a tweet sent out by the rover on Sunday.

  • Scientists discover first-ever lake of liquid water on Mars

    Washington: In a tantalising find, a team of Italian researchers on Wednesday announced they have discovered a large saltwater lake under ice near the South Pole on Red Planet – raising a possibility that life may be there on Mars in some form.

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    World’s biggest rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, soars toward Mars after perfect launch

    Cape Canaveral: The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, has blasted off on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster toward an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four

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    SpaceX’s Musk unveils plan to reach Mars by 2022

    Adelaide: Futurist and inventor Elon Musk unveiled ambitious plans on Friday to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rockets to carry people between Earth’s major cities in under half-an-hour. The founder of SpaceX said a planned interplanetary transport system, codenamed BFR (Big F*****g Rocket), would be downsized so it could carry out a range of tasks that would then pay for future Mars missions.

  • When Mars got photobombed by its moon Phobos

    Washington DC: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons, during its orbital trek around the Red Planet.

  • Martian bricks in the offing!

    Red Planet’s soil could be turned into bricks just by applying pressure to compact the soil – without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients

  • Did alien hunter spot tree on Mars? Watch video

    As we all know Mars is a dry, cold deserted land with an atmosphere so thin, liquid water is impossible to exist on the surface. But, some alien hunters believe that they have found evidence of green vegetation on Mars.

  • Mars had rings in the past

    Washington: Mars could once have had rings, and the red planet may regain them again, according to a new study. A new model developed by scientists at Purdue University in the US suggests that debris that was pushed into space from an asteroid slamming into Mars around 4.3 billion years ago alternates between becoming a planetary ring and clumping together to form a moon.

  • Red planet would have been flooded by water

    London: Scientists have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that may have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past and could serve as the prime target to begin searching for evidence of life forms on the red planet.

  • Meteorite in Africa offers clues to volcanic activity on Mars

    New York: Examining a Martian meteorite found in Africa, scientists have uncovered evidence of at least two billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, offer new clues to how the planet evolved and insight into the history of volcanic activity on Mars, said lead author of the study Tom Lapen, Professor at University of Houston in the US.

  • Doland Trump wants NASA to focus on deep space missions

    London/Washington: In what could herald a new era for NASA, US President-elect Donald Trump is set to cut the US space agency’s budget for climate change and let it focus on sending humans on deep space exploration missions like Mars, including another “giant leap” to the Moon.

  • Mars surface too dry to be habitable, claim scientists

    London : Mars is a primary target in the search for life outside Earth, and liquid water is the most important pre-requisite for life. But a team of international researchers has found that Mars is incredibly dry, and has been that way for millions of years, says IANS.