NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

View from Mars Hill: Schmitt set to be grand marshal in 4th of July parade | Columnists

KEVIN SCHINDLER In July of 1964, a newly minted PhD geologist from Harvard University packed his belongings in his ’55 Chevy and left Boston for a new job. His destination was the mountain town of Flagstaff – 2,500 miles away – but the trip would ultimately lead to a more distant locality. One hundred times … Read more

These bizarre spiky Mars rocks likely formed by erosion and ancient fractures

A long-running NASA rover imaged twisted Red Planet rock pillars. The Curiosity rover spotted (opens in new tab) the sinewy rocks on May 15, according to raw images the mission sends down to Earth. The images were obtained on Sol (Martian day) 3474 of the mission, as Curiosity speeds towards completing its first decade of … Read more

Scientists make new findings about the life’s origin on Earth and maybe Mars

Credit: NASA. Scientists at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution announced that ribonucleic acid (RNA), an analog of DNA that was likely the first genetic material for life, spontaneously forms on basalt lava glass. Such glass was abundant on Earth 4.35 billion years ago. Similar basalts of this antiquity survive on Mars today. “Communities studying … Read more

“Door” on Mars? A planetary scientist explains what you really see

Enthusiasts lit up social media recently with images of what appeared to be a “doorway” into a hillside on Mars. Was it, some wondered, evidence that the Red Planet could be, or have been, inhabited by aliens? The “door” was imaged by NASA’s Curiosity rover on May 7 on the slopes of Mount Sharp, the … Read more

Scientists announce a breakthrough in determining life’s origin on Earth—and maybe Mars

Credit: Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain Scientists at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution announced today that ribonucleic acid (RNA), an analog of DNA that was likely the first genetic material for life, spontaneously forms on basalt lava glass. Such glass was abundant on Earth 4.35 billion years ago. Similar basalts of this antiquity survive … Read more

Each Sol Could Be Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s Last

This image is an illustration of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Although[{” attribute=””>NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has defied expectations, proved that powered, controlled flight of an aircraft was possible on Mars, and has been an incredible success all around, the approaching Mars winter brings additional challenges. Each sol (Mars-day) could … Read more

NASA’s Perseverance rover begins key search for life on Mars

Perseverance arrived at the base of an ancient river delta on Mars in April.Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech More than fifteen months after landing in Jezero Crater on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover has finally begun its hunt for ancient life in earnest. On 28 May, Perseverance ground a 5-centimeter-wide circular patch into a rock at the … Read more

Perseverance rover on Mars picks rocks to shoot with laser

NASA is hailing the Perseverance rover’s improved ability to pick its own targets as a way of speeding up science on Mars. Without explicit direction from Earth, the Perseverance rover zapped two rock targets with its SuperCam instrument on Sol 442 (May 18) to learn more about their elemental compositions, mission scientists said in an … Read more

Our Mars rover mission was suspended because of the Ukraine war — here’s what we’re hoping for next

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Andrew Coates (opens in new tab)Professor of Physics, Deputy Director (Solar System) at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL Just a few months ago, we were confidently expecting to launch our … Read more