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Image of the day: How Mars would look as a habitable planet with oceans

Scientists believe that a very long time ago, Mars was not all that different from Earth. It had water — and probably a decent little atmosphere, to boot. So what might it have looked like a few billion years ago?

NASA sizzle reel shows everything we have to look forward to in 2017

It goes without saying that 2016 hasn’t been the greatest year, claiming artists and actors that will leave us reeling well after the calendar flips. But 2017 brings a fresh start— and as NASA points out — some very exciting space projects.

NASA wants SpaceX to prove it can land on Mars before the space agency sends its tech
Dec 15, 2016

NASA is working with SpaceX to piggyback some technology and equipment on the company’s early trips to Mars, but the space agency will not be hitching a ride on the first mission.

Forget Mars. Why we should colonize Saturn's moon Titan instead
Dec 1, 2016

Titan has one particular advantage over the Moon and Mars when it comes to colonization.

It might be a lot harder than we thought to find life on the surface of Mars
Nov 15, 2016

Scientists haven’t had much luck finding proof of life on Mars, and it sounds like the odds are getting even longer. 

The mystery of what happened to Europe's first Mars lander may have finally been solved
Nov 11, 2016

There have been a lot of Mars missions over the years, and the vast majority of those did not end well. Now, we might finally know what downed Europe’s first Mars rover.

NASA doesn't see SpaceX's plan to reach Mars first as a rivalry
Nov 1, 2016

Considering a U.S. company has a plan in place to reach Mars around a decade sooner than NASA, you’d think the space agency might be a bit jealous. Well, then you'd be wrong.

NASA wants to use space lasers for super-fast communication to Mars
Oct 31, 2016

Unlike the instantaneous communication we’re used to seeing in shows like Star Trek, real-life space communication doesn’t really work that way — and that’s a problem as we look to expand our human footprint to Mars and beyond. But NASA thinks space lasers could be the answer we need.

Here are the 6 designs that could be the foundation for NASA's Mars spaceship
Oct 28, 2016

We’ve already seen Elon Musk roll out the design for his Mars spaceship, but we’re still waiting for NASA to show off the ship future astronauts will take to the Red Planet.

It looks like the ESA's ExoMars lander has crashed into the Red Planet
Oct 24, 2016

Space is hard, and for every Curiosity rover rolling around on Mars, there are a whole lot more failed missions that missed the mark. It looks like the ESA’s ExoMars project falls in the latter category —though that doesn’t mean the space agency didn’t pull down some useful intel.

Cosmic rays could give future Mars astronauts space dementia
Oct 17, 2016

Getting astronauts into space and keeping them alive is already a tough nut to crack, and a new study shows it’ll be even harder than we thought.