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Mars’ underground brine could be a good source of oxygen

Mars’ underground brine could be a good source of oxygen

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Enlarge / The Pathfinder rover took this photo. It didn't need oxygen, unlike the weak, fleshy humans that would like to follow its path. If humans are ever going to visit Mars, they may well need to make some crucial resources while they are there in order to survive long enough to explore and restock…
Another look at possible under-ice lakes on Mars: They’re still there

Another look at possible under-ice lakes on Mars: They’re still there

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In recent decades, we've become aware of lots of water on Earth that's deep under ice. In some cases, we've watched this water nervously, as it's deep underneath ice sheets, where it could lubricate the sheets' slide into the sea. But we've also discovered lakes that have been trapped under ice near the poles, possibly…
Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars, study finds

Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars,...

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Enlarge / Scientists mixed chitin—an organic polymer found in abundance in arthropods, as well as fish scales—with a mineral that mimics the properties of Martian soil to create a viable new material for building tools and shelters on Mars. Space aficionados who dream of one day colonizing Mars must grapple with the stark reality of…
Ancient lake sites suggest lots of precipitation on Mars

Ancient lake sites suggest lots of precipitation on Mars

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Enlarge / A simulated view of Gale Crater Lake, measuring about 150km across, on Mars about 3 billion years ago. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS Mars clearly once had a lot of water—there are simply far too many features that clearly formed in a watery environment for that to be a matter of debate. What's less clear is…
Mission to Mars: Hilary Swank leads an elite team in trailer for Away

Mission to Mars: Hilary Swank leads an elite team in trailer...

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Hillary Swank stars as an elite astronaut preparing for a crewed mission to Mars in the new Netflix sci-fi drama series Away. An elite international team of astronauts must leave family and friends behind for a three-year crewed mission to Mars in Away, a new science fiction drama from Netflix, starring Hilary Swank. Created by…
An early version of Starship takes its first, tentative steps off Earth

An early version of Starship takes its first, tentative steps off...

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Ignition! Starhopper looks on as SN5 lifts off for its 150m hop test. Trevor Mahlmann Roger, roger, SN5—we see you hovering clear five by. Trevor Mahlmann SN5. In flight. Over Texas. Trevor Mahlmann Turning to orient for landing. Trevor Mahlmann SN5 coming in for a landing. Those legs! Just so we're clear about this, SpaceX…
NASA’s most complex, ambitious rover yet is on its way to Mars [Updated]

NASA’s most complex, ambitious rover yet is on its way to...

The Mars 2020 Nearly there now. Trevor Mahlmann Arriving at the base of the pad. Trevor Mahlmann American Rovers. American Rockets. American Soil. Trevor Mahlmann Atlas V vertical at SLC-41 ready to launch the Mars Perseverance rover for NASA. The launch is scheduled for July 30 at 7:50am local time. Trevor Mahlmann The countdown to…
Mars’ mystery lava flows may have been formed by mud volcanoes

Mars’ mystery lava flows may have been formed by mud volcanoes

A possible mud volcano, 100 meters across, detected by the HiRISE instrument in 2011. HiRISE, MRO, LPL/University of Arizona, NASA The surface of Mars is full of unique, captivating features like "dragon scales" and huge footprint-shaped pits among its eye-catching structures. Scientists continue to puzzle over how some of these absurd marks might appear, with…
Coronavirus restrictions the final straw for ESA’s Mars Mission

Coronavirus restrictions the final straw for ESA’s Mars Mission

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Enlarge / The Rosalind Franklin rover following environmental tests. On Thursday, the European Space Agency and its Russian partners announced that they would be delaying their planned rover/lander mission to Mars. As we reported earlier this year, the project was facing a number of technical hurdles, and time was running short to sort them out…
NASA wishes to send out nuclear rockets to the Moon and Mars

NASA wishes to send out nuclear rockets to the Moon and...

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Enlarge / Nuclear rockets could be used to cut the travel time to Mars in half. NASA Just north of the Tennessee River near Huntsville, Alabama, there’s a six-story rocket test stand in a small clearing of loblolly pines. It’s here, in a secluded corner of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, that the US Army…

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