This Documentary Explains the Crazy Reality of Living on Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can—if you have a shitload of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it's entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet. » 10/30/14 3:51pm 10/30/14 3:51pm

Watch Live As a Mountain-Sized Comet Zooms By Mars

Siding Spring sounds like such a tranquil name for a massive comet. After traveling millions of years at the leisurely pace of about 33 miles per second, the comet will fly by Mars at around 2:25pm EDT or so, passing only 138,000 kilometers from the red planet. This is a little bit more than one-third the distance of… » 10/19/14 1:35pm 10/19/14 1:35pm

Spectacular comet will engulf Mars this Sunday in historical event

This Sunday something historical will happen: An ancient rare comet will arrive to Mars after millions of years traveling at 33 miles per second from the Oort cloud. It will look like you can see above, passing just within a third of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, engulfing the Red Planet in its large tail. » 10/17/14 1:44pm 10/17/14 1:44pm

A French Inventor Once Proposed a Giant Mirror to Burn a Message on Mars

When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few Rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian… » 10/16/14 2:35pm 10/16/14 2:35pm

Wernher von Braun Predicted We'd Send Men to Mars No Sooner Than 2050s

Student researchers at MIT have concluded that given current technology, any colonists to Mars would die after about 68 days. Mars One, the company that hopes to put people on Mars by the 2025 (and film a reality TV show there, so you know they're legit) insists that the MIT researchers are wrong. But as any student… » 10/15/14 1:20pm 10/15/14 1:20pm

MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organization boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed… » 10/12/14 1:00pm 10/12/14 1:00pm

Maven Delivers Its First Ultraviolet Images From Mars

Piling on to the good news from Mars this week, NASA's Maven spacecraft sent home its first ultraviolet images from Mars. While they may not be flashy, these images will help determine the composition and variability of the upper atmosphere, and investigate the mystery of when the water escaped. » 9/26/14 2:18am 9/26/14 2:18am

Nobody Knows How These Strange Ridges Appeared on Mars

The technology used to map to Mars is advancing at a thrilling rate and uncovering all kinds of curiosities. The latest head-scratching image comes from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). It reveals a series of mysterious sandy ridges. No one knows exactly how they… » 9/19/14 10:53am 9/19/14 10:53am

At last, Mars Curiosity finally reaches its destination

This is it. Curiosity has reached its prime destination. After a brilliant conception, an amazing landing, and two years of continuous travel, the rover is now at the base of Aeolis Mons—aka Mount Sharp—a mountain that rises 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) at the center of Gale Crater. This is where the real fun begins. » 9/11/14 2:54pm 9/11/14 2:54pm